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Old July 26th, 2011, 07:03 AM
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Flying to Virginia - which airport?

I need to be at an event in Fredericksburg, VA on Saturday of Labor Day weekend - so driving from Boston does not look like a good option.

I am thinking about flying into Reagan National Airport (DCA) - would that be a mistake?
Should I look into a different Airport?

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Old July 26th, 2011, 07:41 AM
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Your two best options are either Reagan or Dulles. Reagan is a little closer to Fredericksburg in mileage but because of traffic, both will probably take you about an hour in driving time depending on time of day and possibly even longer with Labor Day traffic
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Old July 26th, 2011, 08:14 AM
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Get whichever is cheaper (IAD or DCA). I-395 and I-95 are a hellholes during peak hours (6-9AM and 3-7PM) and try to avoid these hours.
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Old July 26th, 2011, 08:22 AM
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Why not Richmond? Not sure if there is a direct flight but Richmond International to Fredericksburg is a short drive.
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If you arrive on Friday, you can fly into National, walk about a quarter mile to the Virginia Railway Express station in Crystal City and take the commuter train direct to Fredericksburg. Fare is $9.70 one way. More info at VRE.org. Last train south is at 6:53 pm from Crystal City.
I don't think the trains run on the weekend. Amtrak might but will probably take you to Union Station in DC where you'll have to take the Metro subway to the airport. I'm sure the Amtrak fare from F'burg is less than a cab ride.
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Why not Richmond? Not sure if there is a direct flight but Richmond International to Fredericksburg is a short drive.
I'd fly into Richmond - the traffic won't be bad, same distance, and car rentals will be cheaper. Flight may be the same or cheaper than Dulles. Going south on 95 around that weekend will be a nightmare. Downside may be that you can't get a direct flight there, but the plane change will be better than potentially 2 hours on 95 south.

I'd also consider flying into Charlottesville, if flights are available. Same stuff above applies.
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If you arrive on Friday, you can fly into National, walk about a quarter mile to the Virginia Railway Express station in Crystal City and take the commuter train direct to Fredericksburg. Fare is $9.70 one way. More info at VRE.org. Last train south is at 6:53 pm from Crystal City.
I don't think the trains run on the weekend. Amtrak might but will probably take you to Union Station in DC where you'll have to take the Metro subway to the airport. I'm sure the Amtrak fare from F'burg is less than a cab ride.
The above mentioned and Richmond as well. Should be easy enough to get a flight into Richmond, they are a tertiary'ish airport but lots of military/gov personal come and go out of there day in and day out. So you would be on a puddle hopper.

You are talking about a Big holiday weekend for the area. Traffic will be a whore of a bitch drive.
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You are talking about a Big holiday weekend for the area. Traffic will be a whore of a bitch drive.
On a recent Saturday, non-holiday summer weekend, it took us 3.5 hours to get from D.C. to Fredericksburg. Worst traffic I've ever seen.
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For someone who actually lives and works around that area, I'd fly in to Dulles. That allows you to avoid a lot of the 95. That even gives you the option to come down some back roads in to Fredericksburg.

Don't take the VRE.

Richmond is also a good suggestion. A little longer drive, but it's all highway and *should* be no traffic.
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I was looking at LGA to Richmond last week to do some furniture shopping out in Farmville, and it was pretty cheap.
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If you arrive on Friday, you can fly into National, walk about a quarter mile to the Virginia Railway Express station in Crystal City and take the commuter train direct to Fredericksburg. Fare is $9.70 one way. More info at VRE.org. Last train south is at 6:53 pm from Crystal City.
I don't think the trains run on the weekend. Amtrak might but will probably take you to Union Station in DC where you'll have to take the Metro subway to the airport. I'm sure the Amtrak fare from F'burg is less than a cab ride.
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I second Dulles and take 17 south to Fredericksburg.
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Second the VRE. Quiet, air conditioned, and clean. We used to take the VRE for executive business trips to the Navy Yard / M Street.

Good enough for company VP's, good enough for you.
To take the VRE from DCA, you have to jump on the Metro to CC, then take the train 120 minutes south. The VRE is PACKED on Fridays going south and is prone to delays. Plus that leaves you slave to delays and the train schedule, which does not run weekends, and only runs north in the morning and south in the afternoon.

Oh, and the VRE station is easily a full 1.5 walk from DCA as you have to cross the GW parkway and then head north.
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I was looking at LGA to Richmond last week to do some furniture shopping out in Farmville, and it was pretty cheap.
Farmvegas. Wow.
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You've been?
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I spent 4 years 5 miles outside of Farmvegas. Greenfront has a store in Manassas as well, far easier to get to . . .
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You've been?
Oh, yeah. Several years there during college, then back for work pretty often with the university. Nice to see that people go there for the shops. But yeah, like Tony said, Green Front has a place outside of D.C. (just guessing you're going there for GF and not the Room Store or Belk)
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Yeah, GreenFront only. My parents have been there a bunch of times and turned me on to them. They're actually there now taking pictures of stuff for me since they had to buy some stuff themselves, and they're 4 hours closer.
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Nice. I was surpised to learn that the GF team actually does fly all over the world (pakistan, africa, etc.) to get original product. Not your average furniture reseller. Make sure to spend dough in the local businesses. They'll appreciate it more than the Wal-Mart.

Anyway, sorry to hijack the thread.
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