With all the attention the capital gets from tourists, D.C. can be a tricky place to find parking. But have no fear, we’ve got you covered! We’ll point out places to park around D.C.’s most popular destinations so you can focus on the other parts of your day out, like all the fun you can have in the city! Here are the cheapest places to park near Washington, D.C.’s top attractions:
1. National Mall
The National Mall is the gateway to all the monuments on your hit list. You can find the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Capitol Building and the White House around its perimeter. You can also check out the cherry trees at the nearby Tidal Basin Reservoir. There a variety of valet and garage parking options nearby ranging from $9 to $18, with lots at 875 D Street, Liberty Place Garage, 280 6th Street and 389 6th Street.
2. Smithsonian Institute
The Smithsonian Institute comprises some of the nation’s most famous museums and research centers. It also has a zoo! You can check out displays on virtually any topic and engross yourself in some of the highest-quality information available to large public audiences. Valet and garage parking is available within walking distance ranging from $13 to $20, with lots at 425 8th Street, 1220 E. Street, 555 11th Street and 950 F Street.
3. Capital One Arena
Home to the Wizards of the NBA and the Capitals of the NHL, the Capital One Arena is the busiest of D.C.’s sports complexes, with games and other entertainment going on nearly every night! Valet, garage and lot parking are available nearby ranging from $10 to $16, with lots at 901 F Street, 801 I Street, 977 G Place Garage and 999 9th Street.
4. Downtown D.C.
Downtown D.C. has so much to offer, with the White House Visitor Center, museums, and the smorgasbord of restaurant and shopping options available at CityCenterDC. With so many choices of activities, you’re guaranteed to find something for everyone to enjoy. Valet and garage parking are available nearby ranging from $9 to $19 with lots available at 1155 15th Street, 1725 DeSales Street, 1730 M Street and 1417 N Street.
5. The Anthem
Host to popular national acts like Leslie Odom, Jr. and Beck, and home to jazz festivals and other fun events, the Anthem is the best music hall in the city and a top destination for D.C.-area music lovers. Unfortunately, there aren’t many places to park nearby. There is the Wharf Garage at 800 Maine Avenue next to the venue for $22, but that’s about it.
6. U.S. Memorial Holocaust Museum
The U.S. Memorial Holocaust Museum is our country’s official monument to the Holocaust. The museum provides for the education and reflection on all aspects of the Holocaust, and it is an important place to visit at least once to keep oneself aware and educated on the topic. There is garage and valet parking available nearby ranging from $12 to $21, with lots available at Federal Center Plaza Garage, 1001 G Street, 610 9th Street and 1325 G Street.
7. Dupont Circle
Dupont Circle is a famous area with a bounty of historic places and museums to explore. In any day you could visit the Phillips Collection, the Mansion on O Street and the Ron L. Hubbard house and still not be halfway through the circle! There is garage, valet and lot parking available nearby ranging from $7 to $13, with lots available at 814 20th Street, 2123 I Street, 1417 N Street and the Madison Hotel.
8. Convention Center
The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is home to a myriad of expos, exhibitions and art galleries every year! Depending on the time of the year, the facility can play host to business conferences, large conventions, and fun festivals. There is garage, lot and valet parking available within walking distance ranging from $9 to $20, with lots available at 600 Massachusetts Avenue, 631 P Street, and 775 12th Street.
If you really want to save money (not to mention time!), we suggest also considering using Metrorail. Calling one and all to leave your Toyota, your RAV4, your Ford Explorer, safe at home in your garage. The rail system serves the greater D.C. area in addition to Maryland and Virginia, and its tickets are good for D.C. buses, too. With tickets starting at just $1.25 for one-way trips, you can get practically anywhere you want to go within downtown D.C. for dirt cheap. If you take a look at the amount of gas you’re spending per mile, you’ll see the metro will save you lots of cash. The rail as 3 lines that intersect through D.C., and the bus line has routes that travel along all the major streets. That may sound simplified, but you really can’t miss! Check their site for details.