Tourist or business travelers with extra time will like their options on the Red Line. The Metro Red line runs from the NW Maryland suburbs into the heart of DC and back out to the NE suburbs of Maryland toward Silver Springs.

All of the worthwhile stops are between Shady Grove and Metro Center. The major entertainment highlights along this stretch include the National Zoo at Cleveland Park / Woodley Park and Dupont Circle that is home to historic brownstones and embassies.

DC insiders might suggest stopping and eating at Guapo’s Mexican restaurant located at the Friendship Heights or Bethesda stations. Travelers coming to DC on the weekday that are hungry for lunch should stop at Farragut Square between 11AM and 3PM to experience 15+ food trucks.

Those who want to experience DC outside of the Smithsonian Museums should consider renting a bike and riding into the city thorough Rock Creek Park, or the Capitol Crescent Trail. The Capitol Bike Share kiosks are located just off the Woodley Park Metro station, and Rock Creek can be accessed easily from here. The Park can also be accessed from Cleveland Park. Another option is to ride into DC from Bethesda via the Capitol Crescent trail and take the Metro back.

Metro Red Line Summary

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 among 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