Things To Do on the DC Metro Red Line

things to do on the dc metro red lineThe 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 among other options. Tourist or business travelers with extra time will like their options on the Red Line.

Airports, Trains & Amtrack on Red Line

1487892235_map 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.

Top Things to Do on the Red Line

toursit_destinations_on_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 Options on the Red Line

nightlife_red 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 Neighborhoods on Red Line

Things to do and where to stay.

Bethesda

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: The Bethesda Neighborhood is a vibrant urban center just outside of Washington, DC in Maryland. Home to affluent young professionals and families, this neighborhood is a hot spot for excellent restaurants and trendy boutiques. While hotel rates are expensive the area will suit mature couples, families and business travelers well. The area around the metro station is very walkable and in good weather you’ll find locals enjoying the many outdoor patios and pedestrian walkways Bethesda offers. Hotels near Bethesda Metro.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up Bethesda will appeal to upscale business travelers, and mature couples who want to experience good restaurants after a day of site seeing. Families might have a hard time finding the right hotel at the right price, but will like the neighborhood. Hotels near Bethesda Metro.

Chinatown

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: Chinatown in DC is a very busy urban neighborhood. Populated with businesses, apartment buildings, shopping, and nightlife, Chinatown never shuts down. Being at the crossroads of major metro and bus lines, this area is a big hangout for the city’s teenagers, so it can get quite rowdy. Mostly home to young professionals, this area also includes a few low income housing complexes and a large homeless shelter. While generally a safe neighborhood, visitors will notice a higher amount of panhandling in Chinatown and should be cautious in the area at night. Hotels near Chinatown / Gallery Plaza Metro.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up Visitors not interested in a noisy, rowdy neighborhood should look elsewhere, but Chinatown is a great option for those attending an event at the Verizon Center or who are looking to party like a local. It is also easy to walk to the National Mall from this location. Hotels near Chinatown / Gallery Plaza Metro.

Dupont Circle

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: Dupont Circle is a trendy, urban area in the heart of DC. Close to downtown and to the major tourist destinations, this neighborhood is a mix of many things—high rise buildings and massive row homes, young professionals and seasoned diplomats, local boutiques and national chains. A bustling area full of embassies and wealthy residents, this area is comfortable and safe, though you may find some of the city’s homeless taking up residence inside the park at the center for Dupont Circle. Hotels near Dupont Circle Metro.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up Staying in the area to be pricey, but for those not traveling on a budget the proximity to downtown DC and the vibrancy of the neighborhood is worth the money. Hotels near Dupont Circle Metro.

Van Ness

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: Van Ness is a neighborhood in upper northwest DC located on the red line. Along Connecticut Avenue, the main drag through the neighborhood, is mainly high-rise apartment buildings that are home to young professionals, though as you’ll also find neighborhoods of single family homes. This is an affluent area that is generally safe. While within the borders of DC, Van Ness does start to have a more suburban feel. Hotels near Van Ness Metro.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up Van Ness lacks the distinct neighborhood atmosphere that many of DC’s neighborhoods—like Dupont Circle or Capitol Hill—possess, but it is still a great option for travelers looking to stay within the city and have convenient access to downtown. Hotels near Van Ness Metro.

Woodley Park

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: Woodley Park is an affluent neighborhood in northwest DC on the red line. North of Dupont Circle, Woodley Park is home to families and young professionals in a mix of apartment buildings and single-family homes. While Woodley Park is generally quite safe, Adams Morgan, the adjacent neighborhood across the Duke Ellington Bridge does attract rowdy crowds on weekends—you can except fights even with a heavy police presence, this is the most intense bar scene in DC. Hotels near Woodley Park Metro.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up Woodley Park can be an expensive area to stay in, but is a great option for families who are looking to spend some time at the Zoo, or for visitors looking to party with the locals. Hotels near Woodley Park Metro.