Before you call airlines looking for flights from Washington, DC, you should check with Orbitz.com. The two major airports in DC are Washington Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Alaska Airlines, US Airways, and Frontier Airlines handle domestic flights from Ronald Reagan, while Virgin America, ExpressJet Airlines, and Colgan Air operate out of Washington Dulles. Ronald Reagan is only three miles from the downtown area, and Washington Dulles is 26 miles from downtown.
The five parking lots at Ronald Reagan offer daily and hourly parking rates, and the airport charges $20 per day for parking in the long-term lots. The economy lot only charges $12 per day, but this lot is open and uncovered. Washington Dulles has two long-term parking lots that charge $17 per day and one economy lot that charges $10 per day. For $30, you can use valet parking.
The Metrorail and Metrobus make at least one stop at each airport every day. The stops are clearly marked around the city, and you can find maps that help you find the correct line. Taxis are not as low cost as the public transportation options because the drivers charge a pickup fee, baggage fee, fee per mile, and a fee for any time that the driver must wait.
Both airports offer a range of dining options. Washington Dulles is home to Dulles to Go, Five Guys, Subway, and Wendy's, while Ronald Reagan has Dunkin' Donuts, Euro Cafe, and Jerry's Subs & Pizza. Once you have something to eat, you can browse through the sales at some of the shops surrounding the restaurants. If you want to enjoy your vacation, use Orbitz.com to look for flights from Washington DC.
The Philadelphia International Airport, the primary airport serving the greater Philadelphia area, is located roughly 7 miles southwest of the city, with easy access via I-95, I-76 or Route 291. Travelers who book their flights to Philadelphia through Orbitz.com will have their pick of any of the major air passenger carriers that service the airport.
Public transportation is available from the airport to the downtown area via SEPTA bus or rail service. Although share-a-ride, shuttle, private car and limousine services are available, many visitors to Philadelphia take a taxi into the city. If you take a taxi from the airport to downtown Philadelphia, you will be charged a flat rate of $28.50. For other destinations, expect to pay a fee of $2.70 plus $2.30 per mile. Book your air tickets through Orbitz.com, and you may be able to bundle in a bargain rate on a rental car or find a Philadelphia hotel that offers free shuttle service to and from the airport.
Philadelphia is subject to cold winters, with temperatures in the mid-20s to low 40s. Summers are hot and humid, with temperatures that can soar into the 90s. Expect snow accumulation in the winter months, and be sure to bring your parka and a warm, comfortable pair of boots.
Philadelphia may be a bit of a college town, but it is also a mecca for history buffs. You'll want to be sure to visit Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the Betsy Ross House and Franklin Square. Enjoy your trip to Philadelphia, and remember to use Orbitz.com when you are ready to book flights to Philadelphia for your return visit.
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