FAQs

· What's the best time of year to visit the Washington/Arlington area?

· What's the best time of day to tour downtown Washington attractions?

· What will the weather be like when I visit?

· Which airports service the area?

· How can I find out about accommodations for visitors with disabilities?

· How can I get tickets to tour the White House?

· How can I tour the Pentagon?

· What time zone is the Washington, D.C., area in?

· How can I receive more information about Arlington and Washington, D.C.?

 

What's the best time of year to visit the Washington/Arlington area?

Washington, D.C. offers everything but crowds during its off-season: Thanksgiving through early March. Weather is generally moderate, and accommodations are a bargain, especially in Arlington. Visitors also find bargain rates during July and August; although large crowds abound during the summer, most are limited to weekends. Fall weekends also offer lower rates and lower occupancy, as well as the best weather of the year.

During the Spring, especially around the Cherry Blossom Festival, hotel rooms are at their most expensive and least available.

What's the best time of day to tour downtown Washington attractions?

During the summer, avoid crowded conditions by reducing travel during rush-hour, typically from 6:30 AM to 9:00 AM and 3:30 to 6 p.m. on weekdays. To avoid crowds at Museums, visit just after they open at 10 AM. Museums become very crowded just before lunch through the afternoon. You might try museums that are not on the Mall (such as the National Building Museum, Renwick Gallery, National Postal Museum) during these times.

The best time to visit Monuments and Memorials is in the evening. These attractions are less crowded in the evening, and lit to be visually stunning. During the summer the Arlington National Cemetery is open until 7:00 PM.

What will the weather be like when we visit?

The following chart offers average temperatures for the Washington, D.C. throughout the year. For more up-to-date information about the local weather, check the Weather Channel pages for the Washington, D.C. area.

 

 

 

Average Temperature

 

Number of Days with

 

Low

High

Average
Precipitation

Precipitation
over .01 inch

Snow/ice/hail
over 1 inch

January

26.8

42.3

2.72"

10.2

1.6

February

29.1

45.9

2.71"

8.9

1.3

March

37.7

56.5

3.17"

11.0

0.7

April

46.4

66.7

2.71"

9.8

0.0

May

56.6

76.2

3.66"

11.0

0.0

June

66.5

84.7

3.38"

9.4

0.0

July

71.4

88.5

3.80"

9.9

0.0

August

70.0

86.9

3.91"

9.1

0.0

September

62.5

80.1

3.31"

7.9

0.0

October

50.3

69.1

3.02"

7.4

0.0

November

41.1

58.3

3.12"

8.5

0.2

December

31.7

47.0

3.12"

9.3

0.8

 

Which airports service the area?

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), located in Arlington, offers the most convenient air service. However, Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) are also easily accessible from Arlington.

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)

Arlington, VA

(703) 417-8000

www.mwaa.com/reagan/reagan.htm

Getting to and from there: Metrorail runs to Reagan Airport, a stop on the Blue and Yellow Lines.

Dulles International Airport (IAD)

Chantilly, VA

(703) 572-2700

www.mwaa.com/Dulles

Getting to and from there: Washington Flyer offers service between Dulles and the West Falls Church Metro Station (Orange Line); for schedules see www.washfly.com. For information on bus services, visit www.wmata.com.

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)

Linthicum, MD

(800) 435-9294

www.bwiairport.com

Getting to and from there: Amtrak and Maryland Rail Commuter (MARC) trains run between Washington’s Union Station and the BWI Rail Station. Amtrak trains run 24 hours a day. Call (800) 872-7245 for information. MARC Penn Line trains run from Union Station to BWI Monday through Friday approximately every 30 minutes during peak hours, and hourly at all other times. No weekend or holiday service is available. Contact (800) 325-7245 for details.

How can I find out about accommodations for visitors with disabilities?

All Arlington hotels are ADA compliant and have rooms designed for maximum accessibility available. Regarding area wide accessibility, there is not a comprehensive guide. However, the following websites provide detailed information about popular sites and modes of transportation for visitors with disabilities:

According to the National Capital Parks page of the National Park Service "All areas of the National Mall are wheelchair accessible. Each site on the Mall has one wheelchair that can be used by visitors."

The following sites offer accessibility information for specific attractions and resources:

o Smithsonian Institution

o WMATA (Metro subway and bus)

How can I get tickets to tour the White House?

The only way to get tickets for White house tours is to contact your Congressional Representative or your Senator's Washington or local office. These self guided tours are available from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (excluding federal holidays or unless otherwise noted).
Tours are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Requests can be submitted up to six months in advance and no less than 21 days in advance.

How can I tour the Pentagon?

U.S. Residents can reserve a tour using the Pentagon website or by contacting their Congressional and Senate Representative. Contact information for state representatives can be found at either www.house.gov for your Congressional office or www.senate.gov for your Senator’s office.  Reservations may be booked from 14 to 90 days in advance.  Tours are conducted Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., noon to 4 p.m. Friday. Tours are not conducted on weekends or federal holidays.

What time zone is the Washington, DC, area in?

The entire National Capital Area is within the U.S. Eastern Time Zone. The U.S. Eastern time Zone is 6 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time; one hour ahead of the U.S. Central Time Zone, two hours ahead of the U.S. Mountain Time Zone; and three hours ahead of the U.S. Pacific time Zone. From the 1st Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October, all U. S. time zones observe Daylight Saving Time by forwarding their clocks ahead one hour.

How can I receive more information about Arlington and Washington, D.C.?

Before visiting the Washington, D.C. area, contact the Arlington Convention & Visitors Service for complete information about Arlington, Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia. Call us at (800) 677-6267 to request your visitors guide, offering detailed information on Arlington accommodations, shopping, dining and entertainment!

 

 
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