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Monthly Archives: December 2018

10 Metro stops for popular DC attractions

Washington DC offers some of the greatest monuments, memorials, museums, and famous buildings that America has to offer. If you’re visiting the nation’s capital, chances are pretty good that you’re looking forward to take it all in. While DC’s roads can become congested, the extensive Metro system can be a great way to get around!

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9 DC metro tips and tricks

Tip 1: Stand to the Right

During weekday mornings, Metro’s main use is for commuters who are late for work. During the late afternoon, the system becomes crowded with riders eager to get home after a long days work. Many of your fellow travelers, during these times, are in a rush to get from point A to point B, and standing on an escalator is just too darn slow.

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Metro maps

Understanding the DC Metro map is important for navigating the system successfully.  The map can take many forms, both stylized, and to scale.  Native mapping apps on your cell phone will usually also include stations and help you to determine routes.  However, a good understanding of the paper maps you’ll find in each train car and at stations throughout the area will make any trip go more smoothly.

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Monuments on the National Mall

Nothing is more iconic than than Washington DC’s monuments and memorials.  From the towering Washington Monument to Lincoln seated looking over the reflecting pool, DC’s National Mall is a treasure.  Memorials and monuments celebrating some of America’s greatest icons and honoring those who served and sacrificed in its wars are spread across the park.  If you get a chance, visiting at night can be a great experience when the monuments are beautifully lit.

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Baltimore Washington International Airport

Located 30 miles north of Washington DC, Baltimore Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport, or BWI, is the furthest of the area’s commercial airports. With destinations in North America and the caribbean, most traffic through BWI is domestic (with Dulles International Airport providing more international destinations). As a result of being a bit further from Washington DC, flights from BWI can be less expensive than the other area airports.  However, getting there from downtown comes at a cost.  It is worth taking both ticket price and convenience into account.

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