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Last Minute trip to Washington D.C. trip report

Hi all,
Just got back from a 5 night trip to Washington D.C. and wanted to post a quick trip report because I came to this forum for great advice.
We arrived in the late afternoon from Dulles and took the Supershuttle to the State Plaza hotel located two blocks from the mall on the Lincoln Memorial end. We stayed 5 nights at the State Plaza hotel and I highly, highly recommend this hotel. Huge rooms, a kitchenette, free bottled water delivered daily, free newspaper, etc. Found on with awesome ratings by travellers and I concur! The only negative is the area does not have any good restaurants, you have to walk about 10 or 15 min. The hotel does have a restaurant and there is a CVS pharmacy and liquor store right next door, where we got our happy hour and breakfast.
I used all my Chase points which made it reasonable cost wise.
We spent much of our time at the Mall and the Circulator was a godsend, especially with my 75 year old mother and the heat, although the weather for the most part was quite pleasant. Still, most days we logged 7 to 8 miles.
Thanks to those on the forum that suggested Mt. Vernon. We loved it. We did use Uber to get there and back, and on the way back we stopped in Alexandria in the Old Town and took the water taxi back to the Wharf in D.C.

We ate at Old Ebbit Grill (near the White House) and Gadsby's Tavern in Alexandria, both suggestions by posters on this forum. Great choices!
We also took the Dupont Circle and Embassy Row tour by DC Design Tours and enjoyed that. Learned a lot!
We toured the National Cathedral too as I had not done that before.
Three trips there and I still have things left I would like to do!

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Thanks for the trip report, diveloonie!
Glad to know that the forum posts were helpful for your planning. And, well, Alexandria and Mt. Vernon, you can't go wrong! (Gee, can you tell where I live in the metro area? ;)

Am not familiar with that hotel, but I don't get to Virginia Avenue/Watergate/Kennedy Center part of town too often. Good to know you recommend the State Plaza.

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Sounds like a good trip. Thanks for the report. I find there is always something new and happening in DC so I am glad you feel the same way.

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Our family took a wonderful two week vacation to Washington DC, Mount Vernon and Charlottesville in 2001. Reading your report makes me want to go back and experience it all again and find new places. Many thanks for your trip report!