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Move around the city like a native Washingtonian
With three airports nearby, an extensive Metro subway system and security policies to consider when visiting museums and monuments, Washington can be challenging if you don't have the inside scoop. So we've compiled some links to help make your trip easier and hassle-free!
 
HOW DO I GET THERE?
By Plane
Washington DC is served by three airports. Reagan National Airport is about 20 minutes from downtown. Dulles International Airport is 45 minutes from downtown and Baltimore-Washington International Airport is about 1 hour from downtown. You have many choices to get from each airport depending on your time and budget. Taxis are the quickest. Downtown Washington is subway accessible from Reagan National Airport. The Washington Flyer Coach service operates between Dullles International Airport and the West Falls Church metro station. For information, contact 1-888-WashFly. Express Metro Bus #B30 departs operates between BWI Airport and the Greenbelt Metro Station and departs from BWI's main terminal Lower Level, Pier East. For more information contact 202-637-7000.
 
By Train
Amtrak provides service to Union Station in downtown Washington. Call 1-800-USA-RAIL.
 
HOW DO I GET AROUND?
Public Transportation
Washington offers great public transportation. The Washington Metro (subway) system is open 5:00 am to 12 midnight Monday -Thursday, 5:00 am to 3:00 am Friday, 7:00 am to 3:00 am Saturday and 7:00 am to 12 midnight on Sunday. The base Metro fare is $1.35 for non-rush hour travel between downtown locations. Children 4 and under ride free. For more information on the city's bus and subway system, call WMATA at 202-637-7000.
 
Taxis
Taxis are easy to come by in Washington. Because downtown locations are fairly close, you can often get to your destination for $6 - $18. There are also surcharges for extra passengers, and rush hour commutes. Parking downtown in difficult. Parking meters are limited and you need to pay close attention to the posted signs for parking restrictions. Parking garages charge between $10 - $25/day.
 
Tours
There are some great tour companies that will get you around town as well, and you can hop on or off at any time during the tour to explore on your own.
Historic Tours of America - Old Town Trolley Tour    Book »   
Martz Gold Line/ Gray Line of Washington DC - Open Top Sightseeing Bus Tour    Book »   
Tourmobile Sightseeing - American Heritage Tour of Washington DC & Arlington Cemetery    Book »   
 
HOW SAFE IS IT?
Just like any other major city, you'll need to take common-sense precautions against crime in Washington. Travel in well-lit areas at night, and don't walk alone. Taxis are a good, inexpensive way to get around at night.
 
HOW DO I GET INFORMATION ON THE SIGHTS?
There are lots to do for FREE in Washington. DC is home to the world's largest museum complex with FREE admission, The Smithsonian and the National Zoo are open daily except Christmas. Get more information by visiting their website (http://www.si.edu/museums/) or call 202-633-1000.

To request an Official Visitors Guide of Washington, DC you can download or order here (http://washington.org/visiting/browse-dc/interactive-visitors-guide) or call 202-789-7000, option 1. The DC Chamber of Commerce can also help you at 202-347-7201.
 
TRAVEL TIPS
Disability Access
www.disabilityguide.org
Electric Scooter and Wheelchair Rentals - plus toddler strollers - Make the most of your visit to DC - tour on a mobility scooter or manual wheelchair – they can be rented at Bike and Roll    Book »   
 
Smithsonian Museums - be prepared for new security policies enforced at all the museums.
 
Metro One Day Pass
Certainly a great value if you plan to ride the subway at least 5 times within the same day. The $7.80 pass is per person, not per family. Make it easy and purchase tickets in advance online at www.wmata.com.

When in Washington, Ride METRO. It's fast, clean, safe and fun.
 
Car Rental
Renting a car to tour Washington is probably not a great idea. Public transportation is excellent and taxis are affordable and plentiful. Parking near the museums is mostly metered, and garages are expensive. If you must drive, the parking garage at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center located on 14th Street, between Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues, is very convenient.
 
Ticketplace located at 407 7th Street, NW in the Penn Quarters district, has half-price tickets available on a limited basis the day of the performance. Closest Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial
 
Visit the monuments at dusk. Fewer crowds and the sunsets can be very picturesque.
Bike and Roll Washington, DC – Sites at Night Tour    Book »   
DC Trails Evening Tour    Book »   
Historic Tours of America – Monuments by Moonlight    Book »   
Martz Gold Line/ Gray Line of Washington DC - Washington After Dark    Book »   
Washington Photo Safari - Monuments at Night    Book »   
Tourmobile Sightseeing - 3 1/2 Hour Twilight Tour: See Washington By Night    Book »   
 
Many fine restaurants have "pre-theater" fixed priced menus. It's a great way to try the best places. The tradeoff is that you usually must be seated before 7pm.
 
Check out the gift shops at the Smithsonian Museums. You'll find unique gifts for all occasions and the gift shops are TAX FREE.
 
For a unique activity in Washington, visit the Rock Creek Park Horse Center and take a guided trail horse ride, geared toward beginners and children 12 or older. Pony rides are available for younger children.
 
USEFUL LINKS
Legislative Affairs