There are 3 airports in the DC-MD-VA (DMV) region:
The closest airport is DCA Reagan National. Once you land, follow the signs to the Metro (on the blue and yellow lines) or taxi stand (approximately $25 to NW DC).
From BWI in Baltimore, take the Amtrak train to Union Station ($6-15), which connects to Metro's red line: www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=am/am2Station/Station_Page&code=BWI
Construction on the silver line has not yet reached Dulles, but the 5A bus will bring you to Rosslyn, VA or Washington, DC: www.wmata.com/bus/timetables/dc/05a.pdf
We have negotiated two hotel blocks for you to choose from:
WASHINGTON MARRIOTT AT METRO CENTER
We have 15 rooms reserved for July 1 through July 5 for $169 per night: 8 with one King bed and 7 with two double beds. Must book by June 3. Book online at aws.passkey.com/g/54467640
An estimated 15- to 25-minute cab ride to the wedding venue. Located in the heart of the city, across the street from the Metro Center station (orange, blue, silver, and red lines). Near multiple restaurants, the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery, and the National Archives. Parking is an additional $55.70 per night and Wi-Fi is an additional $12.95 per day. Amenities include a gym and pool. Check-in after 4pm and check-out by noon.
GOLDEN TULIP BETHESDA COURT
We have 20 rooms reserved for July 1 through July 4 for $89 per night: 10 with one King bed and 10 with two double beds. Must book by June 2. If you would like to stay July 4, the price increases to $129 and rooms are not reserved. Book by calling 301-656-2100 and asking for the Kunkel/Prosperi Wedding.
An estimated 25- to 35-minute cab drive to the wedding venue. Located in Bethesda, Maryland, a 4-minute walk from the Bethesda Metro station (red line). Near multiple restaurants. Parking is an additional $15 per night. Wi-Fi and continental breakfast are included. Check-in after 3pm and check-out by noon.
We've put together a Google map of the most popular tourist destinations and our local favorite restaurants: www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zfLSY2LzNSu8.kHeIjJz1-oi8&usp=sharing
Local DC chains:
&pizza - Build your own pizza.
Pete's Apizza - Our go-to pizza, New Haven style. Delivers.
sweetgreen - Made-to-order salads.
Dolcezza - Gelato made in NE DC.
Taylor Gourmet - Cheesesteaks and hoagies.
Busboys and Poets - Restaurant and bookstore benefiting charity.
Z-Burger - You've had Five Guys; this other local burger chain has delicious milkshakes in 75 flavors.
Julia's Empanadas - Grab a homemade one to go. Veggie and dessert too.
Lou Lou - Jewelry, hats, scarves, accessories.
We love good food. If you wanna try the best that DC has to offer, see our really dorky spreadsheet of the award-winning restaurants in the DMV: docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1jJuf1XhBtJWYJ4l1RVlj273OgPsUhk0rl4i1yqM7kLE/edit?usp=sharing
DC is very neighborhood oriented. Laura lives in Adams Morgan, Aldo lives in Columbia Heights, and the venue is in Petworth. We also spend time on U Street, NoMa, and the Hill. Learn more about the major neighborhoods here: washington.org/dc-neighborhoods
Looking for a sightseeing tour? For a hop-on/hop-off bus, check out Big Bus, starting at $20 from either Union Station or the Washington Hilton: eng.bigbustours.com/washington/home.html There's also a trolley bus, which you can grab at any stop beginning at $39 (cheaper online): www.trolleytours.com/washington-dc
The easiest way to get around is via public transportation. Laura doesn't even own a car. The first time you get to a Metro station, purchase a SmarTrip card ($2). These cards also work on buses, which have many more stops than trains. For more information and to plan your route, visit www.wmata.com We also recommend saving a map to your phone for use in Metro: www.wmata.com/rail/docs/color_map_silverline.pdf
Note that most Metro stations have multiple exits and entrances that aren't reflected on Google's map but are included in directions from both Google and Citymapper.
Recommended apps: Citymapper, Google Maps
Pro tip: On all escalators, stand on the right and walk on the left.
For a more active view of the city, try renting a bike. Rather than the monthly memberships that Laura and Aldo have, purchase 1-day ($8) or 3-day ($17) access. Then, pick up a bike at the closest station and drop it off at your destination. The first 30 minutes are free; as many rides as you'd like. For more information, visit www.capitalbikeshare.com
Recommended apps: Where a bike at?, DC Bikes, Spotcycle
Pro tip: Change gears by twisting the right bike handle.
Taxi cabs are easily available in highly-trafficked areas and must take debit/credit cards. If a cab isn't around, such as near the wedding venue, call an Uber using the app. Input your debit/credit card, then choose the type of car, including a car seat. Get your first ride free (and send us a free ride) with promo code 7hyad. For more information, visit www.uber.com
Recommended app: Uber
Pro tip: DC taxis are red and silver; VA and MD taxis can be any color.
If you do drive or want to rent a car for a day, note that parking will take up a lot of time in the city. Many parking spots allow customers to pay traditionally or with an app ($0.45 per transaction), which means you don't need to bring quarters or visit the car to add time. For more information and to set up an account, visit dc.about.com/od/parking/a/paybyphonepkg.htm
Recommended app: Parkmobile
Pro tip: DC speed limit is 30 mph. Pedestrians have the right-of-way, and many crosswalks aren't at stop signs or lights.