Summer is a\r\nseason for travel, and D.C. is among the most popular destinations for tourism\r\nin the United States. Boasting mild weather including nice springs and summers,\r\nlots of history and culture, plus some of the best restaurants in the United\r\nStates, there are plenty of things to do in the region. \r\n\r\nIf you’re\r\ninterested in taking a trip to D.C. itself or a popular suburb city like\r\nAlexandria, here are five things to keep in mind as you start planning: 1. Stay near the metro\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n D.C. has one\r\nof the top public transit systems in the country. As long as your hotel is in\r\nclose proximity to one of the area’s metro lines, you’ll be able to access many\r\ndifferent places with relative ease. The green, blue, orange, and yellow lines\r\nwill get you almost anywhere you need to go. \r\n\r\n2. Pick a few priorities \r\n\r\nThere are 11\r\ndifferent Smithsonian museums on the National Mall, plus close to ten\r\nmonuments, popular private museums, and some of the top restaurants on the\r\neastern Seaboard. And that’s just D.C. itself! You won’t be able to do everything,\r\nso narrow it down to the top two or three things you want to do and make sure\r\nto spend plenty of time there. \r\n\r\n3. Consider a guided package \r\n\r\nIf you don’t\r\nwant to take the time to plan, or you simply want to see a curated list of some\r\nof the best parts of the city, think about purchasing a guided tour package.\r\nYou can also follow a self-guided tour – check out this list of walking\r\ntours in Alexandria for a good place to start. \r\n\r\n4. Pick a hotel that makes your stay easier \r\n\r\nThe last thing\r\nyou want to worry about on a trip to D.C. is whether or not your hotel meets\r\nyour needs. Choose accommodations that are competitively-priced, comfortable,\r\nand located in close proximity to all the fun of the region. \r\n\r\nWith a free\r\nshuttle to the metro, complimentary hot breakfast bar, and easy access to both\r\nOld Town Alexandria and D.C. itself, there is no better place to stay in the\r\narea than the Holiday Inn Express & Suites\r\nAlexandria – Fort Belvoir.