1. Metro only takes fare cards. So you will have to bring cash or credit cards to buy the tickets at the machines. They will pump out paper ones that you can get in pretty low denominations. Each ride is 3 or 4 dollars, so just put enough on the card to cover as many trips as you want to make.
2. Union Station is a metro stop and is the place where the Moonlight Tour departs, so if you will be coming on that, you definitely need to get to Union Station. It is on Massachusetts Avenue, Northwest. Oh, good time to tell you all: DC is a diamond and the diamond is split up into four quadrants: NW, NE, SW, and SE. So be careful to add that to any address you plan for, because there will likely be a duplicate address in one of the other quadrants.
3. Union Station is not necessarily the closest metro stop to many of the attractions that you will be visiting on the other trolley lines, but it IS the place with pretty much guaranteed parking availability. Once you get there and on the metro, it's just a few minute ride down to the national mall and you are on your way.
4. Wine will be fine, Heidi! We will have plenty of room and like any good host, I'll be hoping that there will be leftovers that I can drink when you are gone!
Just kidding, let's drink it all up!
5. Billy, I love diet Dr. Pepper and it's either that or Diet Root Beer for me if and when I stray into sodaland. So, I have you covered.
Has anybody purchased tickets for the moonlight trolley tour on Thursday yet? bp