I would like to find a hotel for under $50 a night in the area close to the White House/Smithsonian. Any ideas?
I could go for a bit further into the suburbs if I knew of places to park the car close by for free or really cheap (under $3/day). We want to use public transit if we can, but we are going to be bringing a lot of food/drinks to keep our food costs down, so we'd like to be able to get to the car (cooler) or the hotel (minifridge hopefully) once or twice during the day. We want to go to the Smithsonian, and the monuments at the very least while we are there, and maybe a few other touristy things depending on time.
Any links to cheap/cool things to do/see in that area would be cool too.