We have a late flight to Turkey (11pm) on a Sunday from Dulles. We thought about flying in early to D.C. on Friday to see the Cherry Blossom Parade and festival on Saturday and would like some suggestions on where to stay.
We are thinking it might be better to stay at a hotel near the airport because we can leave the bags at the hotel and take transportation to D.C. for the Cherry Blossom Events on Saturday. Then we can arrange a late checkout for the flight to Turkey. We think that a late checkout is more common and easier to arrange near the airport. However...
If we stay in D.C. and can arrange a late checkout, we can walk around D.C. on Sunday morning versus just wait around the hotel at Dulles for the flight to Turkey. Of course, we can leave our bags at the airport, take transportation to D.C. on Sunday morning too, but it would be nice to grab some sleep and a shower before the Turkish flight.