The DC Metro Red line is the primary way to move in and out of Montgomery County which encompasses most of the NW and northern DC suburbs like Bethesda, Rockville, and Silver Spring. It is the busiest line with arguably the best stops for entertainment and tourism amongst other options. Ride time into the city from Bethesda and beyond will be over 40 minutes.

Top Tourist Stops on the Red Line
Chinatown is the heart of the city where the Verizon Center is located (Capitals & Wizards). DC’s Chinatown is about one block. The American Art Museums and Spy Museum are one block away, this stop connects with the Yellow and Green Lines. Union Station will place riders within walking distance to the Capital Building, Supreme Court and Library of Congress. Adam’s Morgan / Woodley Park will drop you off about .5 miles from the National Zoo. The Philips Contemporary Art Museum is near the DuPont Circle Station.

Top Nightlife & Entertainment Stops on the Red Line
DuPont Circle and especially Adam’s Morgan will deliver many options for nightlife, including a wide array of bars and restaurants. DuPont Circle is a much nice area, while Adam’s Morgan has a rougher edge and will cater to young 20 somes. Chinatown / Gallery has several bars and nightlife options this is in what is considered downtown DC, this is the major tourist hub.

Top Restaurant Stops on the Red Line
By far Bethesda is the best destination for all sorts of dining options from fine dining to casual. Bethesda is an upper class area. The population tends to be family oriented and older young professionals. Chinatown is the next best option on the Red Line for high quality restaurants.

The Red Line Connects MARC, Amtrak, & VRE at Union Station
If you are traveling to DC by railroad you can arrive near the Capital at Union Station via Amtrack, MARC, or VRE. The MARC will connect with BWI if you are flying in from Baltimore and need public transportation from BWI all the way to DC. Metro Center connects with the Orange and Blue Lines. The Blue Line will take you to Reagan Nation Airport. The Red Line connects with MARC at Rockville and Silver Spring.

Red Line Stations with Hotels in Downtown DC

Red Line Stations with Hotels NW & NE in Suburban Maryland

Red Lin Stations with Hotels NW DC in Maryland

Research & Written by Jeff Howard