Rally To Restore Sanity: Time, Hotels, Map, Directions, Parking

Link to the video here.

I will update this site as more information is available. Please note the rally is scheduled to run from noon until 3pm. We are currently expecting somewhere between 46 people and 1 billion people. Adjust your schedule accordingly!

For those of us who are outside of the U.S. and can’t get access to Comedy Central, it may be difficult to see the Rally. In Canada, at least, The Comedy Network will be live streaming the event. If you are outside of Canada I am not positive if this work for you. That said, on Saturday you can try here:

You can link to the rally official FAQ here.

The Huffington Post

The Huffington Post is offering free buses to the rally from New York. Details still to come. You can register here. People will meet up at 560 Broadway in Soho.

iPhone and iPod Touch users now have access to a free app for the rally. Simply go to the iTunes App Store to download the free app which includes maps, links and more.

If you are looking for some fun or something funny to put on a sign at the rally, check this out:

Sane or Not?

Views of the National Mall:


national mall lincoln memorial Washington, DC,

Some hotels within walking distance:

Less Expensive –

Holiday Inn-Washington Capitol

550 C STREET SW 1-202-479-4000

Courtyard Washington Convention Center

900 F Street, NW Phone: 1-202-638-4600

Hampton Inn Washington, DC-Convention Center

901 6th Street., NW, Tel: 1-202-842-2500

Embassy Suites Washington DC-Convention Center

900 10th Street NW Tel: 1-202-739-2001

More Expensive –

Hotel Monaco

700 F Street, NW (800) 649-1202

JW Marriott Pennsylvania Ave.

1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Phone: 1-202-393-2000

Sofitel Lafayette Square

806 15th Street NW (+1)202-730-8800

Willard InterContinental

1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW 1-202-628-9100

Map of the area:

Map of the National Mall, Washington DC

Note: Parking is very limited in this part of Washington, DC and depending on the time of day, day of the week, and events going on you may be better off taking public transportation.


Public parking is very limited near the National Mall. On-street parking in Washington, DC is restricted during morning and evening rush hours. There are many free parking spaces on the National Mall along Madison and Jefferson Drives in front of the Smithsonian museums, but they usually fill quickly. Most of the free on-street parking is restricted to two hours.

The best way to get around the downtown area and especially around the National Mall area is to take public transportation. If you choose to park in a parking garage or public parking lot in the downtown area, you should expect to walk a good distance to popular Washington, DC attractions.

Directions:This is from the National Park Service…


PlaneThree major airports link Washington, D.C. with the rest of the country and the world. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport all have limousine, taxi cab, or Metro services available that will connect with the National Mall.

CarInterstate 395 provides access to the Mall from the South. Interstate 495, New York Avenue, Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, George Washington Memorial Parkway, and the Cabin John Parkway provide access from the North. Interstate 66, U.S. Routes 50 and 29 provide access from the West. U.S. Routes 50, 1, and 4 provide access from the East.


Several major bicycle trails make their ways to and through Washington, D.C. The Nation’s Capital area is extremely bicycle friendly and readily accessible to riders of nearly every skill level. For detailed information about bicycle riding in the area, consult the Bicycling Information link.

Public TransportationThere are several Metro train and bus routes from the suburban areas surrounding the city. In addition to Washington, D.C. public transportation, adjacent state and commonwealth transportation authorities offer train service from area cites to the Nation’s Capital. Consult the Public Transportation link for additional details.

ParkingGeneral visitor parking is available along Ohio Drive, SW between the Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson Memorials. Bus parking is available primarily along Ohio Drive, SW near the Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson Memorials and along Ohio Drive, SW in East Potomac Park. See the Maps section for a detailed understanding of these areas.

There is limited handicapped parking at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt and World War II Memorials and near the Washington Monument and the Thomas Jefferson, Lincoln, Korean War Veterans, and Vietnam Veterans Memorials; otherwise, parking is extremely scarce in Washington, D.C.

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4 Responses to Rally To Restore Sanity: Time, Hotels, Map, Directions, Parking

  1. david tager says:

    We live in Baltimore, are planning to attend, AND can provide FREE overnight accommodations at our home (up to 1 couple and one single)

    Those interested pls call 410 532-5242 anytime between 8AM and 9PM.

    David & Susan

  2. Stephen Fischer says:

    Is anyone coordinating fundraising for this in any way? I was thinking there might be a lot of people who can’t make it but would provide transportation funding if there was a structure.

    • larrylootsteen says:

      That’s a great idea! Have you gone on the Daily Show site blogs and put the idea there? That would be the best central location for that kind of thing. I wish I could do that but time and being in Canada doesn’t make that an easy thing to set up. I’d get that idea on the forum http://forums.thedailyshow.com/ and see if that can be done there. Maybe even Comedy Central could do it.

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