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Washington, D.C. Parking

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Parking Guides and Additional Details

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As the capital of the nation and the home base for the American government, Washington, D.C. is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the country, attracting visitors all across the United States and the world.  With so many monuments and historic sites to see around the city, one of the most rare things to find is a cheap, available parking spot.  So ParkMe has searched all the parking lots and garages around Washington, D.C. to help you find the best parking spot for you!

Lots of Parking Lots: In Washington, D.C., there are hundreds of parking lots and garages, and most of them are clustered around the north side of the White House.  These lots average 316 parking spaces per garage.

Real Time Occupancy: Almost all of the parking lots in Washington, D.C. are connected to the ParkMe database, so you can see the real time availability of each parking lot.  Don't waste time looking for an empty parking lot, check the ParkMe map to find the lot with the most available spaces right now!

Expensive Parking: Most lots around Washington, D.C. have fairly high hourly rates during the day (around $10 per hour), with daily maximums not much higher than that.  So if you're driving into D.C., get the most out of your parking money, and plan to spend a few hours touring the nation's capital.  Also, parking in the evenings and weekends is considerably cheaper, with flat rates of around $8.

Reservations: You now have the opportunity to plan ahead and reserve a parking spot at a specific lot ahead of time through the ParkMe website and app. All garages with a price tag have the option of reserving monthly parking spots, so you can feel secure in knowing that you have a guaranteed spot every day of the week!

Street Parking: There are around 17,000 metered spaces scattered around Washington, D.C.  Many of these meters are equipped with the latest in parking technology, in that you can now pay for your parking directly from your phone! There's no more need to worry about having the right amount of change, all you need is your smartphone and a parkmobile account.  Paying through your smartphone will also enable you to add money to your meter no matter where you are! There is a $0.45 fee applied to each transaction, but that's chump change compared to the amount of money you can save by not getting parking tickets!

Pro Parking Tips:

Pro Tip 1: Parking spaces, both on- and off-street, fill up QUICKLY around Washington, D.C., especially on weekdays.  So, if you are planning on sightseeing around the capital, be prepared to WALK!


Pro Tip 2: One of the best places to park for sightseeing would be around Union Station.  You are within walking distance to many of the city's most visited hot spots, as well as right by the metro systen that can take you wherever you want to go!  Metro parking is also free on weekends and holidays!