Trip to D.C

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    Question Trip to D.C

    I am planning a trip to D.C. from Texas.are there any states I can't carry in and what side of town is the safest place to get a motel?I know you can't carry in DC,but what about the motel room or your car.I have a concealed carry permit.Thanks.

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    I'm not sure, but I think the safest part of DC is probably Texas.
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    Visiting Washington D.C. then don't stay in D.C. or Maryland. Arlington, Alexandria or even North Springfield near the Metro.

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    DC is a HUGE no go for carry. No car, no in between car and hotel, etc... Maryland is also not gun friendly.

    My advice would be to stay across the river in VA (very gun friendly), get a hotel with a room safe and leave your weapon in the room while you do the touristy things. Plenty of nice hotels in Crystal City, Arlington or Alexandria. Crystal City is right across the 14th street Bridge and just south of the Pentagon. Lots of restaurants and night life as well so you wouldn't have to go back into DC for those kinds of activities. Hotels are cheaper there also.

    If you do stay in DC stay close to the National Mall or in North West. Stay out of North East and South East. South West is mostly federal buildings but the Mandarin Oriental hotel is located there. Great views of the Jefferson Memorial.

    For first timers I always recommend the trolley buses. Your ticket is valid all day (or days) and you can get on and off anywhere you want. The trolleys go on a constant loop around all the monuments, museums, Arlington Cemetery, etc... Union Station is a good place to catch the trolley and they have convenient parking.


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    You have gotten the correct answers above, NO guns in the District.

    The only thing to add at this point is if you are coming as a tourist, wait till the Gov't lock out has been resolved! Most if not all the interesting stuff is closed!
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    If your motel room or vehicle is in DC, what do you think?
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    I highly recommend

    Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
    400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
    Washington, D.C., USA, 20001
    Tel: +1 202 737 1234

    You can walk to the Capitol Buildings, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, museums.

    I could spend days at the Library of Congress alone.

    And if you go, be sure to get a Library Card!
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    D.C. is insanely anti-gun. Don't even think about it!

    They will arrest you for having a single spent cartridge casing. Having a dummy round key chain fob is an imprisonable offense.

    Seriously! I am not kidding!

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    We stayed in Virginia and locked the carries up in the hotel. Trolleys are the way to go. If you find a hotel near arlington the busses from the hotel will take you to DC.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dV8r View Post
    Almost make one want to drop a handful of empty cases around the Washington Monument, or the Lincoln Memorial, just to watch people go crazy once they are noticed.
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    Here is the metro map. lots of stops options on the Virginia side. the larger stations have parking.
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    I would recommend staying in Rosslyn (Arlington Va). It's just across the Key bridge from Georgetown (DC). when I visit D.C. I try to stay in NW DC or around the Mall.

    That whole part of Arlington Va is geared for tourism, so you shouldn't have any trouble making it to all the sights.

    Right near your hotel will be restaurants ranging from fast food to five star.

    Firearms are welcome in Va. just make sure you stay in Va,

    If you are coming just to visit and see the sights don't miss the NRA Headquarters in Fairfax Va. it has a great firearms museum thats really worth seeing.
    Also, try to make it to the Arlington Cemetery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by high pockets View Post
    I'm not sure, but I think the safest part of DC is probably Texas.
    Nah, man. You got it all wrong.

    The safest part of DC is Nashville. Twang, Twang

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    Be extra careful if you are near the capital. Before you know it you can be in a hidden ghetto.

    I had that happen to a friend & myself years ago. We were at a nice, major hotel down town, and next thing you now we were going deeper & deeper into a ...slum. People hanging off their balconies eyeing us.

    We were almost certainly very close to being jumped. Next thing you know an unmarked detectives car pulls up beside us, tells us to hop in, and carried us back to our hotel.

    That guy saved our "basses". We were very near the capital, and our hotel, but this place was sort of hidden between the good areas.

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