Presidential Inauguration: Hotels and Travel Tips

The historic inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden is quickly approaching with events beginning on January 15th through the day Obama officially takes office on the 20th.

The day a President takes office is generally a pretty big deal and can make travel relatively hectic. If you plan on making the trip to be a part of history in the making and join the thousands of others at the inauguration ceremony, we’ve outlined some can’t miss travel tips and hotel recommendations to ensure your trip is as historical as the ceremony.

Inaugural Events:
The Inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Ave. is free and open to everyone but all other inaugural event will require tickets.
– A New Birth of Freedom’
– Swearing in Ceremony
– Parade
– Inaugural Balls

The Tickets:
Tickets to the swearing in ceremony are free but you must request them from your U.S. representative or senator. You can guarantee that these tickets are going to go fast so if you haven’t called already get on the phone!

Be wary of people or websites selling tickets to the swearing in ceremony. Even though it is not illegal to resell your tickets it is highly discouraged. And anyone stating that they will be mailed to you or that they are on hand is flat out lying. The 240,000 tickets are all in a secure location and must be picked up in person the day before the event.

Travel Tips

D.C. hotels are certainly going to be swamped and as such you can expect stay minimums or jacked up rates. To help alleviate you from some of the travel pandemonium and stay within a reasonable budget check out suburban hotels in outlying areas.

– Hotels near Arlington/Pentagon

– Hotels near Downtown DC

– Hotels near Alexandria

– Hotels near DuPont Circle

– Hotels near Bethesda MD

– Hotels near Fairfax

– Hotels near Capitol Hill

– Hotels near Ronald Reagan National Airport

– Hotels near College Park

Things to Do:
The inaugural events are great but if it’s your first time to D.C. you may want to hit some of the popular attractions and indulge in the patriotic spirit of the nations capital:
1. D.C. by Foot
2. City Segway Tours of Washington, DC
3. Washington National Cathedral
4. Lincoln Memorial
5. Washington Monument
6. U.S. National Arboretum
7. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
8. Vietnam Veterans Memorial
9. Newseum
10. Mobiletours

Where to Eat:
Here are some top rated delicatessens for you to indulge during your inaugural trip.
1. Dolcezza
2. Michel Richard Citronelle
3. Zaytinya
4. Makoto Restaurant
5. Sushi Taro
6. Komi
7. CityZen
8. Rasika
9. Minibar – Cafe Atlantico
10. Fogo de Chao

Good luck on your Inaugural adventure, travel safe and have fun!