Parking Options

Nearby Colonial Parking garages are shown on the map. Some offer $6 parking for Smithsonian Associates events on weekday evenings after 5:30 p.m. and all day on Saturday and Sunday. Inquire before parking and be sure to have your event ticket with you. Parking lot hours vary. Very limited parking is available around the National Mall. Some spaces are metered ($2 per hour). For special events, parking may be available at the west parking lot of the Natural History Museum.

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Member Parking for Weekend Bus Tours
For Smithsonian Associates Members Only

Daytime Bus Tours on Weekends:

Weekend day bus tours depart from the Holiday Inn Capitol at 550 C Street, SW

Parking is available at the Holiday Inn garage (operated by Colonial Parking) accessed from 6th St. Flat rate of $6 for tour participants, you must have your ticket stub available upon leaving the garage. Please allow sufficient time to enter and park, as your car may be subject to a standard security inspection.

Tentative parking and departure locations for specific tours are provided on the ticket and may be confirmed several days prior to each tour by calling the tour information line, 202-633-8687, and selecting menu item 2.

Overnight Bus Tours on Weekends:

Parking at the Smithsonian is usually provided, on a space-available basis, for Smithsonian Associates members on weekend overnight tours. The location of such parking and nearby pickup stops is included in the special information mailed two weeks prior to each overnight tour. Please do not block other cars.

Weekend overnight tours now usually depart from the Constitution Avenue entrance of American History.

Weekday Tours continue to depart from the DeSales St. side of the Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave., NW