We would like to visit DC as a family of 5. Hotels have been tricky to find for more than 4 people at a budget cost. I've been doing a lot of research and read the forums here and articles elsewhere. We will be driving to DC from home so we will have to park our car somewhere and from my initial research many hotels in town have high per day parking costs added on to the higher per day rates.
-Is it possible to stay outside of DC and drive in/park?
-We don't have dates and we are flexible but would be looking at summer 2018 or perhaps as soon as Thanksgiving this year. Is Thanksgiving a nice time to visit? It seems the cheapest so far.
-If we stayed in DC are there any hotels you'd recommend for 5 people that don't have high parking costs?