CAP Visitors to DC
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All Civil Air Patrol units visiting the Washington, D.C., metro area should inform National Capital Wing headquarters before their visit by sending an e-mail to email@example.com or calling (202) 767-4405 / DSN: 297-4405. Please include the name and contact number of the OIC, dates of visit, lodging, and how many in the group.
IAW CAP Manual 39-1, Table 1-1: "all CAP personnel touring Washington DC, as part of a CAP activity or conducting CAP business in the metropolitan area, will wear the service uniform, civilian clothing, or the blazer and slacks or skirt combination, and will be properly groomed. Senior members visiting the White House, Capitol, State Department, or comparable buildings in uniform will wear the service uniform with service coat (service dress uniform) or blazer uniform. Cadets are not required to wear the service coat. In no case will BDUs, flight suits, or utility uniforms be worn."
The fastest and easiest way to get around the city is by riding MetroRail. Day passes are available for all-day unrestricted use. MetroRail also stops at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Hotels in Crystal City, Va., provide free shuttle service to and from DCA and are Metro accessible via the underground shops. NatCap Wing cannot be relied on to provide CAP vans for visiting units. D.C. drivers are rated the worst drivers in the country, which has lead to many vehicle mishaps involving visiting CAP drivers. Most wing vans are also reserved for national activities, especially during the summer months. For more information on using mass transit, visit the Metro Web site at www.wmata.com. To let the website plan a detailed trip for you, click on "Trip Planner" under the "Maps & Stations" menu bar.
Tours for select groups are offered Monday through Friday, 0900-1500, excluding federal holidays. All requests must be submitted either online or on official letterhead no earlier than 3 months and at least 2 weeks before the requested tour date. There is no public parking. Groups must enter through the Metro Entrance either by riding MetroRail or walking from the Pentagon City Mall. Personnel over 18 are required to show two forms of photo ID.
At present, the Bolling Inn has 267 guest rooms to include 100 temporary lodging units. TLF units come equipped with a full kitchen, dining area, one or two bedrooms, and a sleeper sofa. The units are primarily used for those in permanent-change-of-station status traveling with family members. These units are usually full during the peak moving season, May through September, so members are encouraged to make reservations at least 90 days in advance. Single Airmen, NCOs, and officers will be lodged in either Cheshire Hall or Mathies Manor until they secure permanent housing either on- or off- base. Commercial pet boarding facilities are available in the local area and a local listing is available from the Bolling Inns staff. The Bolling Inn does have two pet-friendly TLF rooms available on a first-come-first-serve basis. To make a lodging reservation, members should call 202-404-7050, DSN 754-7050, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For general officers: call protocol at 240-857-5434.
There are two Navy Lodges in the area, one at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda and the other at Bellevue Naval Housing (adjacent to Bolling Air Force Base). You can make reservations 60 days in advance by calling 1-800-NAVYINN.
The Navy Lodge, located in Bellevue housing, features 50 units. Forty-three rooms with two double beds and a private bath, five business queen rooms, and two rooms with a queen bed and sleeper sofa. Available rooms include handicapped-accessible, interconnecting, and non-smoking rooms. In-room amenities include free local telephone calls, fully equipped kitchenettes, direct dial AT&T service, microwave, radio/clock, dining table, irons/ironing boards, and premium cable TV is available.
For those traveling with children, highchairs and cribs are available. A playground and picnic grounds are located on-site. Snack vending machines and on-site laundry facilities are located within the lodge. Complimentary in-room coffee and newspapers are provided daily.
All ranks, active duty (on duty or leave), reservists, retirees, Department of Defense employees on orders, and other authorized guests can make reservations.
Bethesda Navy Lodge, 301-654-1795, is located at the National Naval Medical Center. There are two room sizes available. One size sleeps two and has a kitchenette; the other sleeps five with a kitchenette.
All members planning travel to Andrews are advised to make lodging reservations at least 60 days before their planned date of arrival. Space-A travelers can only make reservations three days in advance and for three days at a time.
Gateway Inn room rates are $30 and $38 based on room amenities and Temporary Lodging Facility units are $43. The units are available to servicemembers making a permanent change of station move to or from Andrews, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reservations are made up to 30 days, space permitting, for those processing in and ten days for those processing out.
The units are equipped with limited housekeeping. Pets are allowed in the pet-friendly TLF's for an additional charge of $10.00 per night two pets per room and dog and cat only.
Members may check in at 2 p.m. or as soon as a room is available. If members who have a reservation arrive after 6 p.m., may hold the room with a valid Visa or Master Card. Extensions may also be requested at the same number. If the guest doesn't have a Visa or Master Card on file and the guest will arrive after 1800 on the night of the reservation, the reservation will be canceled. Checkout time is 11 a.m for all units except TLF and check-out is at 10 a.m.
Reservations can be made in advance by calling the lodging office front desk at 301-981-4614 or DSN 858-4614, extension 0, for individual reservations. Groups of 10 should call 301-981-9668 or DSN 858-9668 for reservations. Reservations are taken 24 hours a day, seven days a week. High volume calls are between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
If no temporary quarters are available on base, the lodging office, located at Bldg. 1375, can provide a list of local hotels and motels that may offer special military rates. The base housing office can also provide a list of short-term accommodations.
Temporary housing may be available for new arrivals and visitors. The cost varies from $35 to $84 a night, depending upon the location, the number of people, and the type of room. Fort Belvoir has 539 rooms available and 13 distinguished visitor rooms. Reservations may be made six months in advance for personnel with official orders, TDY and PCS. Personnel with no official orders can make space-available reservations 30 days in advance, for five nights. The Fort Belvoir Lodging Office is in Bldg. 470, 9775 Gaillard Road, and is open 24 hours a day.
Phone: 703-704-8600, 800 295-9750
Fort Myer’s temporary lodging is in Building 50 – Wainwright Hall. They are open 24 hours, seven days a week. Phone them at (703) 696- 3576/3577 or DSN 426-3576/3577 or 1-800-goarmy1, and ask for Fort Myer lodging. Visit their website at jbmhh.armymwr.com/categories/travel-and-lodging. Fax: 703-696-3490.
Hostelling International has affordable group rates. Visit their website at https://www.hiusa.org/find-hostels#district-of-columbia.