Inauguration 2009 Planning
If you live in the DC area, you may already be planning to host friends and family who're planning to come to town for Barack Obama's inauguration on Jan. 20. While we can't help you tell your brother that your apartment's too small to accommodate him and his wife, kids and mother-in-law, we're happy to point out a few resources for making travel plans for the Big Day, whether you want to be in the Nation's Capital or as far away as possible.
Expedia just launched a special section devoted to the inauguration, with DC-area information and search engines for flights, rental cars, hotels and activities like guided tours and museum passes.
Washington's tourism association has info on its site, too, including links to special hotel packages for Inaugural Weekend, like the Ritz-Carlton's $99,000 "Politically Correct" package.
So far, I've gotten word of one giveaway related to the event: Twitter members following @statravelers can win airfare to DC for two from STA Travel. Not sure what else is included in the prize (the release is vague, saying, "One winner and a friend will be flown to Washington, DC, during the 2009 Inaugural Celebrations to visit the sites and take in the traditional Inaugural Parade from the Capitol Building to the White House") but when I get more info, I'll post it here.
Unless you're into camping out on the Mall or along the parade route the night before, a more reliable way to get tickets for the best views of the official swearing-in (which happens at noon on Jan. 20) and parade (which follows the new POTUS's lunch with Congress) is to contact your Senator or Representative.
As for the glitzy inaugural balls, the Presidential Inaugural Committee hasn't been assembled yet, but some state societies hosting balls are already selling tickets.
Maybe if you score your brother tickets to one of the balls, he'd be willing to book himself a hotel room.
I'm keeping my eye out for more deals and how-tos about Jan. 20th's to-dos, but in the meantime, does anyone out there have more Inauguration 2009 info to share?
By Christina Talcott |
November 6, 2008; 10:02 AM ET
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