I live in Arlington VA just 10 minutes from Washington DC and you cannot comprehend what is happening here on Monday and Tuesday. All inbound lanes of major highways going into the city, including rt 66 and 395 (6 lanes) are being shut down. All bridges going across the Potomac river are being closed. You can only walk across the Memorial bridge. Many secondary roads going toward the city like Washington Blvd are being shut down. On Washington Blvd you can always throw a stone to the next intersection and there is traffic light every quarter to half mile. If you live om Washington Blvd, you must get a special permit to drive on the road. One half million people have purchased bus tickets into Washington on Monday and Tuesday morning. It is estimated 10,000 buses will arrive in the city. Residents in DC are told to take there cars off the streets Monday and Tuesday so buses can park.\n\nContrary to popular belief, there are some hotel rooms left. The prices have come down from 0 for a room that is normally . Many people rented there 3 or 4 bedroom houses for upwards of 10K.\n\nAll doctors in the area were sent notices from the CDC on what symptoms to look for in the event of a biological attack.\n\n\nOther stuff:\n\nThe Mall (stretch of open grass park between the Lincoln memorial and the Capitol)....is beautiful:\n-There are at least 2,000 porto potties on the Mall \n-chain link fencing and jersey Barricades are everywhere. \n-It has been advised that everyone metro between 4am-8am... there will be shovers to help pack the trains (like Tokyo).\n-Ticketed guests for the inauguration (those closest to the capital and on the steps) have been asked to arrive by 9AM and stand in the cold till 11:30 when events start... Everyone else can pull up a seat in front of the giant TVs and close to the porto potties. Public seating starts 3 blocks from the capital.\n-The Parade starts at 2PM and the parade route will be closed after 300,000 people enter the route.\n- 4 metro stops on the mall are closed all day.\n- free valet parking for bikes\n\nEven though I voted for the guy -\-I'm staying at home.