It is possible to balance your vacation budget. Seize the biggest savings in Washington, D.C., by visiting on weekends, when most of the political movers and shakers have left town. Rooms go unsold, motivating hotels to drop rates up to 55% to lure new guests.
Three airports and several low-cost carriers service the Washington, D.C. area. Once in the city, take advantage of the efficient Metrorail system (one-day unlimited ride pass is $14.50) and a public bike-sharing service ($7 for 24 hours).