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DC tourist advice: trolly or bus

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  1. pen

    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    Looking at 2 comparable hop-on hop off tours of DC for this spring with a group of 14. One is a trolly, one is a bus. Pretty much identical by the literature except for the mode of transportation.

    Anyone do both or have advice on which is preferred?

    Thanks

    pen

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  2. Badfish740

    Badfish740 Minister of Fire

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    I've done both as a kid. The trollies are open air which is nice when the weather is good. Don't forget to hit up your member of Congress for a tour of the Capitol building-the tours are free of course and the Capitol building often gets overlooked believe it or not. The new visitor's center is pretty cool too.
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    I did the bus, loved it (the city).
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    SlyFerret Minister of Fire

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    My friends and I did the Segway tour last year. It was a blast, and an amazing way to see the sights of DC.

    -SF
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    Can't say. I am always driving in and cursing not being able to find a parking place. >> But the people on the trolley always look like they are having fun. Dressed goofy, but having fun.
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    Spring can be iffy for weather, nothing worse than a damp rainy day in an open air trolley. The bus will protect everyone from the elements being hot or cold and the seats are nice and padded, not wood bench seats like most trolleys have.
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    We went a few years ago in spring, right as the cherries were starting to bloom. It was great. We had a very convenient family suite close by the White House with parking that made it easy to get around by foot, cab and subway so we left the car parked most of the time. Plan on spending longer than you think. It's a beautiful city with some fantastic places to visit. You'll want to linger.
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    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    Thanks everyone, since we are going at the end of the month, we decided we'll use the bus for the hop-on-hop-off service just in case the weather is bad!

    Been to DC with a group several times now, and there's always different things to do. Haven't done the same trip twice.

    Thanks
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    Just put that on the list for next year. Thanks.
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    Great suggestion! I second the Udvar-Hazy museum!
    -SF

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