For your convenience, The Ritz-Carlton has provided the following information to help you plan for and enjoy your stay with us.
The Washington Redskins play at the beautiful FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. http://www.redskins.com/
DC United is Washington, D.C.'s Major League Soccer Franchise. The team plays at RFK Stadium. More informaiton is available at http://www.dcunited.com/
The NBA Washington Wizards play from November through April at the Verizon Center. http://www.washingtonwizards.com/
The Washington Mystics are a WNBA team that plays at the Verizon Center. http://www.washingtonmystics.com/
Tipping is voluntary; gratuities are not automatically added to the bill. Here are a few tipping guidelines: Servers are usually given 15% of the bill. For outstanding service, tip 20%. Taxi drivers usually receive 15% of the fare, and doormen, skycaps and porters are usually tipped $1 per bag.
The electricity used in Washington, DC is standard electricity, which is 110 volts. European appliances will require a voltage transformer.
Many embassies offer guided tours with prior notification. Arrangements can also be made by some embassies to host meeting functions and private parties, offering an unmatched asset for any meeting planner. Embassy phone numbers are available by calling directory assistance at (202) 555-1212. A comprehensive listing of embassies is also available online at embassy.org.
• As of October 26, 2005 all countries must issue passports with digital photos or the required chip (e-passport) containing biometric information about the individual.
• However, anyone issued a machine-readable passport prior to October 26, 2005, will be“grandfathered in” and allowed to visit the US until the passport expires.
• International visitors who need a visa to travel to the US must apply for one at an Americanembassy or consulate. For more information visit travel.state.gov.
Tours of the White House have been expanded from school, youth, military and veterans' groups to include any groups of ten. Groups of ten should submit a request through their member of Congress at least one month and up to six months in advance. The tours are self-guided and will run from 7:30 am until 11:30 am Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call the White House Visitors Center at (202) 456-7041 or visit www.whitehouse.gov.
The US Capitol is open to the public for tours Monday through Saturday from 9 am until 4:30 pm except for New Year's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The tours are given free of charge, although tickets are required and can be obtained the same day of the tour on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket distribution begins at 8:15 am at First Street and Independence Avenue. Guided tours last approximately thirty minutes and are organized in groups of 40 people.
Most museums in Washington, DC, including all Smithsonian Institution museums, are free. Some private museums charge admission or encourage donations.
Reagan Washington National Airport
· 10 minutes from hotel.
Dulles International Airport
· 40 minutes from hotel
Baltimore Washington International Airport
· 55 minutes from hotel.
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