December 05, 2008 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News
(ARLINGTON, VA December 5, 2008) Viscape, the world's first Web site to combine vacation home search, real estate, travel planning, and social networking, announces the availability of more than 300 Washington D.C.-area affordable rental homes and housing swaps for the upcoming presidential inauguration. Since the election of Barack Obama, Viscape has seen a 1000 percent increase in D.C. rental property listings and DC destination page views. Viscape community members continue to add short-term and vacation rental properties daily and travelers continue to find reliable and affordable deals for their inauguration stay.,

"Many Obama supporters and political enthusiasts want to travel to D.C. for the inauguration, but haven't found a way to fit the trip into their budget. Viscape wants people to know that 'yes you can' make the trip, you just have to be creative," said Caroline Allison, president of Viscape. "Viscape provides travelers with non-traditional, affordable housing options throughout the Washington, D.C. area and offers a place to connect with other people looking to travel to the inauguration."

President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration is expected to draw a crowd of more than one million to the D.C. area. There are approximately 90,000 hotel rooms in the Washington, D.C. area, with the majority of those rooms already booked. With more than 300 available rental properties listed in the area, Viscape is confident that anyone wishing to travel to DC can find a suitable option on the site. Currently, rental properties sleep anywhere from two to 20 people and rent from $41 to more than $3,000 per night.

Viscape realizes that many people have never rented their home to travelers, and many travelers have never stayed in a rental home or participated in a swap. To help renters, swappers and travelers through the process, the Viscape blog ( is offering relevant information and tips leading up to the inauguration. For travelers, the blog provides suggestions on how to plan an affordable inauguration trip and an attractions map with markers designating inauguration events. For private Washington home owners, the Viscape blog will provide rental tips and suggestions to ensure a smooth and smart transaction. Lastly, Viscape will offer tips for local residents looking to swap homes or travelers on a budget and will provide home-swapping and home-sharing advice while connecting people from all over the world.

Just visit Viscape to search for destinations and properties, connect with other travelers and communicate directly with property owners. For more information or to find D.C. rental properties, please visit or Viscape's blog at

About Viscape:
Based in Arlington, Virginia, is a next generation social marketplace for vacation properties and second homes, where travelers can connect with other passionate travelers. Use Viscape to list properties free for sale, rent, or swap. Plan a trip together with your family and friends. With thousands of vacation properties and rentals from which to choose, it makes finding the perfect vacation home or destination fast, friendly and fun.

For more information contact:
Margie Schaffner
(317) 806-1900 x. 116