Try the New Carrollton Metro station - it's just off 495 where it intersects with Maryland Route 50. (It would be on the Orange line). I think you have to pay to park there, though. In fact, I think all the Metro stations with parking charge - might be just as economical to park in DC at your hotel if they give you some sort of break. I worked in Dc for years, public parking fees in the city are outrageous.
Make no mistake about it, meeting Yubert is what I call a fond memory. However, getting hold of him on Inauguration Eve was a task akin to nailing Jell-O to the wall. I was under the impression that it might be more convenient for him to meet not just me, but everybody at Union Station (a prominent location right on the metro line where folks can get a bite to eat while they're there), however he ended up at the Longworth House Office Building. Normally, the walk between the two points would be pleasurable (passing the Senate office buildings and the Capitol grounds), but two factors made it unusually arduous. First, it was snowing like nobody's business. Second, the barricades for pre-inaugural security made it necessary to go around Abraham's barn to get there. That is just, in my opinion, given the world at that point in history. I finally met up with Yubert outside Linda Sanchez's congressional office, whereupon I showed him the way to Senator Barbara Boxer's office to get more tickets. After that, I offered to treat him to coffee and a snack, but he preferred to take more snaps while he still had light.
The Washington Plan
Washington as a town is laid out fairly simply, but interstate access is often a little daunting. However most of the important landmarks are situated within an easy walk of or actually on the National Mall, 133 acres of flat ground with reflecting pools commanding much of its space. Arlington National Cemetery, no less considerable than anything in the US capital, is situated directly across the Potomac River due west from the Lincoln Memorial. You can easily reach most of the places of interest by subway.
DC is a great city to visit. ...
DC is a great city to visit. As everyone reading this page should know, it is the capital of the United States of America, the seat of government (which seat needs a kick every now and then to get into gear). When in DC, you MUST see the White House, Capital Hill (if you are a U.S. citizen please try to arrange a visit with your Senator or Representative, and if you don't know who those people are LOOK THEM UP RIGHT NOW!!!), the Smithsonian Institute, Washington Monument, National Library, the Pentagon (at least what is available for tourists to see), a random department (again to the extent tourists are accommodated, the Department of Agriculture was a nice safe choice for us), the National Space Museum, the National Art Gallery, the National Zoo, Arlington Cemetary (and former President Kennedy's everburning flame), and all the other national monuments you happen upon along the way. DC is a very fascinating city. While driving is reasonably smooth (you still have traffic and construction as in any major city) parking is scarce anywhere downtown. The subway system is really great, probably the best in the U.S., so please take the trains. Once downtown, I find walking to be the best means to get around. Of course, you will have to plan your days carefully so you don't tire out. There is a LOT to see and a LOT of walking to be done. In fact, if you do walk your way around town, you can enjoy absolutely anything from any of DC's restaurants completely guiltfree because you really will be expending every one of those calories!
I love to walk up Connecticut...
I love to walk up Connecticut Avenue from Dupont Circle to Colombia Road where the Adams Morgan neighborhood begins. There are so many ethnic restaurants there, it is hard to decide what to eat. Ethiopian, Thai, Salvadoran, Italian, Brazilian, Vietnamese and other interesting places to eat. DC is most beautiful in the Fall (Autumn) and Spring. And no trip is complete without a visit to the Smithsonian museums on the Mall. DC has many distinct neighborhoods, each with its on shops, flavor, people and things to do. Having lived there for seven years, I miss my friends the most. I also miss the ease of living in a city without a car. I could get to most places by Metro (subway), bus, walking or if pressed for time, taxi (my least favorite mode of trasportation). I always like to go to a coffee shop, bakery or Vie de France for one of the tastiest sandwhiches and chocolate chip cookies!