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Cherry Blossom Washington Visit - Drive from Toronto

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RETD wrote:
Feb 7th, 2019 12:27 pm
It's been a while but in 2014 we stayed at the Holiday Inn, Camp Springs, MD. The nice thing about HI (and many other motel chains in the US) is that breakfast is included. It was a short walk to the metro station.
https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review ... yland.html

In addition to the usual DC sights, there is the Udvar Hazy Center (Air & Space museum - part of the Smithsonian) out by Dulles. It's absolutely huge with an impressive collection of aircraft including a space shuttle.
https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_R ... ginia.html

If you do some shopping on your trip PA has no sales tax on clothes & shoes though exchange may kill the deal.
If you drive via Pittsburgh there is an expensive section of toll road. IIRC it was US$16 back in 2014.
Do we get the toll via mail ? Or do i need to buy anything in advance to pay the toll ?
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Swammingo wrote:
Feb 10th, 2019 11:33 pm
Do we get the toll via mail ? Or do i need to buy anything in advance to pay the toll ?
IIRC we paid cash at the toll booth. Credit card may be an option depending on where you exit.
It may be worthwhile for you to get an EZ-Pass account which is good for travel thru many states in the north east US. The transponder is free (they mail it to you), it's convenient and the tolls are discounted vs cash.

https://www.e-zpassny.com/en/about/facilities.shtml
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Hi all !

I want to say a BIG Thanks to all your inputs. Each one of you replied with your experiences and suggestions and those really helped us make this trip really memorable. We drove back yesterday and it was indeed a lot of fun. We tool the no toll route via Pennsylvania and reached washington in 10 hours as we had to stop in between for breakfast and to take a quick walk. moreover with a 3 year old, we wanted to take breaks so that its not Car Seat travel all the time.

Spent 5 days in DC and visited places like the Smithsonian Space and Air Museum, the mall, union station and the famous Magnolia Bakery ! , union market and the zoo. It was indeed a lot of fun except on friday when it rained. This year cherry blossom was in full bloom early in april but we still managed to see it as the weather was supportive.

Once again, Thank You for the inputs !!

Swammingo

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