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Washington is a solid destination when economic fortunes wane. With cheap lodging (by big city standards), free museums, and an easy transport system, it’s easily the most attractive budget family destination in the U.S.
Despite all the dire warnings of doomsday scenarios, Washington is enjoying a banner year for tourism.
Visitors to the District and its many museums and monuments are up. According to Destination DC, the tourism branch of the D.C. government, hotel occupancy for the first week of August was up 9.2 percent over last year. People are spending more money on hotels, as well, with the daily rate for stays up 1.5 percent to $156.42 per night. The city is also hosting more business meetings and people are staying longer.