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.
At Orbitz.com, you can book flights to Birmingham on numerous airlines, including Aer Lingus, Austrian Airlines, Emirates and the budget airlines easyJet and Flybe. The Birmingham Airport is located about six miles out of the city, off of Junction 6 of the M42.
There are multiple public transportation options from the Birmingham Airport into the city. With the free Air Link train, you can connect to the Birmingham International Station; from there, you can catch trains into the city for about five dollars. The station also offers rail connections to cities around the country. Multiple bus companies, including city buses, Megabus and National Express, operate out of the airport. Fares vary from two dollars and up, depending on your final location. Metered taxis are readily available, and the drive into the city takes approximately 15 minutes. If you prefer to drive, you can use Orbitz.com to book rental cars from companies, including Avis, Budget and Enterprise.
Birmingham has a moderate climate, and temperatures rarely reach extremes. From May through October, temperatures generally stay between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The rest of the year is cool, but temperatures rarely drop below 30 degrees Fahrenheit.
Birmingham has grown from a gritty, industrial city into a hub of culture. The Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery has a range of exhibits from famous artists, and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts displays various paintings by old masters. The city also has a wide range of shopping outlets, from high-end boutiques to budget chain stores. After you book flights to Birmingham, you can use the travel planner tools on Orbitz.com to find deals on activities in the city and around northern England.
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