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Get to D.C.for Inauguration Day!

November 7, 2008

white_houseIn January there’s going to be a whole lot of hoopla around the swearing in of President Obama. If you’d like to be in the middle of it, you have some options.

First, book a flight and a room. Now. Washington D.C. is filling up fast. Travel CUTS can help you find a hostel and a student airfare, so give them a call.

For tickets to the inauguration ceremony, you’re going to have to do some wheedling of your own. Real, official tickets are only handed out by congressional offices. They are free, but there are a limited number available. If you see websites that guarantee tickets for a high price, be very wary of a scam.

According to this article at seattlepi.nwsource.com, “Federal elected officials, Democrat and Republican, typically receive bundles of inauguration tickets for themselves and their constituents. About 250,000 have been printed nationally.” The article goes on to say that you can contact your local congressperson now to find out how to be put on the ticket request list, and some offices have created special email addresses and websites to deal with the requests. You may want to Google your local representative to find out what they are doing.

If you don’t have a ticket, you can still go, it just means you’ll be behind the 250,000 people who do have tickets. But you’ll be there, you can soak up the atmosphere, and you can enjoy the dozens of parties that are sure to spring up all over the place.

If you have any other tips, leave a comment to share with others.

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