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.
Orbitz.com can help you find cheap flights to Sapporo, the largest city on the island of Hokkaido in Japan. Domestic and international visitors fly into New Chitose Airport, located at JR Hokkaidoon, approximately 30 miles southeast of the city. The airport primarily provides connecting service to Japan's Narita International Airport with a hopper air ticket. Direct international service goes to Hong Kong, China, Korea, Sakhalin, Taiwan and Guam, with seasonal flights to Australia and Macau. Approximately 30 airlines fly in and out of New Chitose Airport, including Japan Airlines, Air China and United Airlines. Another option for domestic travelers is Okadama Airport, located on Okadama-cho, approximately five miles north of downtown Sapporo. Local flights operated by Hokkaido Air System fly out of this airport.
The best options for travel to New Chitose Airport are to take the train or a shuttle bus. Japan Railways (JR) offers a direct train to the airport from Sapporo station. The train runs every 15 minutes and takes approximately 40 minutes. It costs approximately 1,040 yen for an unreserved ticket and 1,340 yen for a reserved ticket. Skybus operates a door-to-door airport shuttle with an advance reservation. Taxis are also available, costing approximately 13,000 yen for a one-hour trip to downtown Sapporo. The cheapest option is the public bus, costing 1,000 yen for a one-hour and 10-minute trip to downtown. You can make a reservation with rental car companies at their airport desks, but the airport does not allow rental car pickup on site, so you would have to travel to pick up a car. Okadama Airport is conveniently located in the downtown area, so bus, train, shuttle and taxi services are available at a low cost.
Sapporo means "blessed by snow," and the city lives up to its name. The area is a sub-frigid zone, experiencing cold, snowy winters and warm summers. Spring occurs from late March through the middle of April, melting the snow and making walking a bit uncomfortable unless you bring boots. Summer is a great time to visit Sapporo, when average daily temperatures are around 77°F.
Popular Sapporo attractions include the 100th Anniversary Memorial Park, Moiwayama and Hokkaido Pioneer Village. Orbitz.com can help you find deals on admission to area attractions, as well as cheap flights to Sapporo.
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