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Online: You can find parking online by searching on this map for Washington DC parking. The markers show where all the parking lots and garages in the area are located. Click on any of the markers to find more information on that parking structure (rates, hours of operation, payment options, etc.). If you want to find cheap parking use the arrival and departure fields on the left. Just enter the amount of time you are planning to park for and all the rates for every parking structure will be calculated for you so you know just how much you will be expected to pay. Most lots have high rates for short term parking (for example: $11 for 1 hour) but can have cheaper rates for all day parking or evening parking. If you are looking to find information about DC parking online, try the website DCParking.org. To learn more about garage parking, check out their DC Parking Garages page.
Smartphone App: You can also find parking while on the go with your smartphone. Download the BestParking app for iPhone or Android. The mobile app is FREE to download.
The Parkmobile Iphone app makes parking in DC easy. You simply input credit card information and your vehicle information. When you park in a metered spot, you enter the zone number that is on the side of the meter and select how long you want to park for. The app then keeps a count down on the screen of how long you have left to park and even sends you a text message when your time in soon to expire. Enrolling in the program was simple and it keeps you from having to have change for the meter. Makes parking in DC pretty easy. Maybe someone else who is more familiar with the rules of when you have to pay can add to this page.
Another smartphone app that is useful for parking in DC is SpotHero. SpotHero allows you to book discounted parking in lots and garages right from your iPhone or Android phone. It also works as a web application for booking parking in advance.
Parking Panda also has a free iPhone and Android application that allows you to reserve guaranteed daily, monthly or event parking in DC in advance of visits, games, events, and more. Parking Panda is also the official partners with Monumental Sports providing online parking for the Wizards, Mystics, and Capitals.