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Tysons Corner Hotels

December 21, 2010 11:32 ET

Tysons Corner Marriott Offers Holiday Travel Tips for D.C. Visitors

The Tysons Corner Metro Hotel Makes Holiday Shopping and Sightseeing Convenient and Easy

VIENNA, VA--(Marketwire - December 21, 2010) - Where else but in Washington, D.C. can you see the White House Christmas Tree and the National Menorah, ice skate at the National Gallery of Art, take a candlelit tour of Mount Vernon or visit pandas at the National Zoo's ZooLight exhibit and shop at one of the nation's most unique shopping malls? 

Tysons Corner Marriott hotel, located next to more than 300 diverse retailers at the fifth largest shopping mall in the country, welcomes travelers with helpful tips to take advantage of everything Washington, D.C. has to offer.

"The shopping at Tyson's Corner Center is unparalleled in this region, and our proximity just 15 miles from Washington, D.C., puts the theater and D.C. attractions right at your doorstep," says hotel General Manager Shelly DiMeglio. "We want to make it easy for travelers to experience the best of Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia. The following tips will help make a visit even more enjoyable."

Look for hotels with package deals and easy access to activities. Tysons Corner Marriott offers hotel packages with special rates, including a Shopping Package with mall gift card and savings book, a Bountiful Breakfast Package, and the family friendly Nickelodeon Package. The Tysons Corner hotel is steps from Tysons Corner Center and Tysons Galleria, one of the nation's largest collections of unique and high-end retailers, restaurants and entertainment options, and convenient to D.C. attractions, as one of the Tysons Corner Metro station hotels, or via the Capital Beltway.

Take advantage of seasonal offerings at your hotel. Tysons Corner Marriott will celebrate with free holiday performances by local musical groups in the lobby from 4 to 6 p.m. on select days. George C. Marshall High School Choir will sing on Dec. 10, 2010; George C. Marshall High School Orchestra will perform on Dec. 11, 2010; and the James Madison High School Choir will sing on Dec. 17, 2010.

Look for hotels near Tysons Corner Metro. Select a hotel near a Metro station and purchase fare cards in advance to avoid waiting in crowded lines. Tysons Corner Marriott is located 3 miles from the Orange Line's Dunn Loring Metro Station and offers complimentary shuttle service on weekends.

Plan your itinerary in advance. Many major attractions are open for the public and do not require tickets, including the museums of the Smithsonian system, National Zoo, National Gallery of Art and national monuments and memorials. Some popular ticketed attractions allow visitors to avoid waiting in line by pre-reserving tour tickets for a small fee. Tours of the White House are available by advance arrangement through your member of Congress.

Explore seasonal events that are unique to D.C.

  • On the White House Ellipse, the National Christmas Tree will be lit from dusk to 11 p.m. nightly with free performances Dec. 9, 2010 to Jan. 1, 2011.
  • The annual lighting ceremony of the National Menorah is on Dec. 1, 2010.
  • The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden offers ice skating against the backdrop of magnificent sculptures and warm treats mid-December 2010 through mid-March 2011.
  • The National Zoo electrifies the holidays with ZooLights Dec. 3, 2010 to Jan. 1, 2011 highlighting approximately 30 animal species, including the popular Giant Pandas.
  • Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens brings the holidays to life with candlelit evening tours, a gingerbread replica of Mount Vernon and chocolate-making demos and more Nov. 27, 2010 to Jan. 2.
  • The National Symphony Orchestra performs "New Year's Eve at the Kennedy Center" featuring favorites by the world's most celebrated composers.

When you're done merry-making, relax at your hotel. Tysons Corner Marriott hotel features stylish and welcoming guest rooms with deluxe Marriott Revive Bedding and high-definition flat-screen televisions. The Tysons Corner hotel's well-equipped fitness center, indoor swimming pool and whirlpool provide overnight guests with comfort and relaxation.

Located at 8028 Leesburg Pike in Vienna, Va., Tysons Corner Marriott is a celebration of the drive, focus and resilience of its guests. The Vienna, Virginia hotel's signature service and amenities are driven by their ambition, passion and expectations. For reservations and more information about holiday travel hotel packages, call 703-734-3200 or visit