Trip Report: DC For 4 Days Introduction
Washington, DC has become one of my favorite places to visit since my first visit there almost two years ago. I know alot of travel hackers tend to focus mostly on international destinations, but as I have discovered, this great gigantic country has a lot to see for travelers too. The things I love about the city are its vibe, how commuter friendly it is, the great architecture and ton of great museums–especially if you are a history buff, like me.
On the fly last spring, I decided to depart the Pacific Northwest (the PacNor as I call it) for a mini-vacay/mileage run in DC.
My father was going to be there in May, and I was getting every other Friday off at work, making a perfect opportunity for a short jaunt. That said with another trip on the horizon, I was on the fence about whether or not to go. Ultimately, though I knew if I wanted to make Medallion status, I would need to plan more travel.
For a long time I debated where to stay, as I thought my dad would be at a separate hotel while on business. I figured I would stay at Marriott as I was trying to re-qualify for status for this year but was indecisive for a while about where exactly to stay.
I should mention that I booked the entire trip two weeks before departure, driving the cost a little higher than it probably should have been. I figured I could rely on the Metro and save a little bit of money by staying a little ways out, I found a great rate for a suite out in Bethesda but debated if I really wanted to stay there 20 minutes outside of town, especially during such a short trip.
As it turned out, my dad ended up not being able to go. I told him that although I had booked a room, I was deliberating about where exactly to stay. Feeling sorry that he could not make it, he decided to use 120,000 Marriott Rewards to book me a room out at the Ritz Carlton Pentagon City. While actually across the Potomac from Washington DC, there is a Metro station literally right outside the door. While I wanted to make headway on my Marriott status, I was very happy to enjoy a free stay at a nice hotel like the Ritz Carlton.