On the Ground: The 83-mile trip from my home in Pennsylvania to JFK can be a hassle, but this time there were no traffic delays, so I made good time and arrived at the airport with time to spare. Check-in was pleasant and uneventful. The sun and the moon and Earth must have been in alignment that day because I was through security in no time and made a beeline for the Lufthansa lounge.
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Arrival/Check-In: The hotel is conveniently located just a short walk from both Union Station and the Capitol. It’s best to take a taxi to the White House, as it’s about a mile-and-a-half walk. But we were in the mood for a leisurely stroll, so we walked the whole way. By the time we were done visiting the local museums, the White House and the Capitol, we were anxious to check into the hotel quickly and rest a bit before dinner. I was happy check-in was quick, and — after stopping for a self-serve welcome drink in the lobby — we were in our room within minutes.