What’s On the DC Metro Orange Line

Orange Line Overview

things_to_do_on_the_washington_dc_metro_orange_lineThe Orange Line runs east to west and gives riders the best access to Arlington, and VA suburbs along I-66. Its eastern destinations are in Prince George’s County and include Landover and New Carrollton where you can board the MARC for access to BWI. From the Rosslyn stop until Stadium Amory the Orange Line shares track with the Blue Line. GW University can be accessed at the Foggy-Bottom Station. The Smithsonian Stop on the Orange Line is the most convenient stop for beginning a day of site seeing at the National Mall. Farragut West will leave you two blocks for the White House.

Entertainment & Nightlife on the Orange Line

things_to_do_on_the_washington_dc_metro_orange_line_restaurants_nightlifeThe Clarendon and Ballston metro stops offer a good deal of restaurants and bars that are satisfying for a 20s something night out, or a family dinner. The are is filled with yuppie young professionals. The Eastern Market station has several restaurants and bars as well as a regular farmers market. Metro Center will leave you about four blocks from a majority of the dining options in DC that are closest to the Chinatown / Gallery Stop.

Tourism & Things to Do on Orange Line

things_to_do_on_the_washington_dc_metro_orange_line_tourismDC insiders will tell you that the Udvar Smithsonian Museum not far from the Vienna Metro is perhaps one the most visually appealing museums. Two huge hangers display thousands of aviation and space artifacts, including a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, a Concorde, and the space shuttle Discovery.

If you are in DC on the weekday and want to experience some of the nation’s top food trucks stop at Farragut Square between 11AM and 3PM where over 15+ food trucks park daily. Alternatively, Eastern Market offers a daily indoor farmers market. Under one roof you can find a bakery, deli, and seafood.

Those who want to experience DC outside of the Smithsonian Museums should consider renting a bike and riding into the city along the Custis trail. This trail is easily accessed from Ballston and the ride to the Mall is all downhill. Capitol Bike Share kiosks are located just off the Ballston Metro station and can be returned most anywhere in DC.

DC Tourism from Arlington on the Orange Line

If you are staying in Arlington, VA the Orange Line is a convenient method to gain access to all of the city and top tourism spots. Ride time from Ballston to downtown DC is 20 minutes. Accessing Georgetown from the Orange Line can be done by getting off at Rosslyn and walking across the Key Bridge. Farragut West which is two blocks from the White House is about a 15 minute ride from the Ballston Metro Stop in Arlington VA. Downtown is accessed through the Metro Center Station which will connect with the Red Line. The Capital, National Archives & Library of Congress all can be easily accessible on the Orange Line.

Places to Stay on the Orange line

Best neighborhoods on the Orange line

Ballston

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: The Ballston Neighborhood is located just off of I-66 about 15 minutes outside DC in Virginia along the Orange and Silver lines. It is part of Arlington, VA. Ballston is a vibrant area filled with luxury apartments and office buildings. Walk 3 blocks from the Metro and the urban landscape turns to dense suburbia filled with townhomes. Ballston’s population is predominantly young professionals. There is a yuppie vibe to it, but with that affluence brings charming squares and over 40 restaurants. Most travels and residents will describe Ballston as as safe place with people on the streets late into the night and early in the morning. If Arlington is your destination Ballston is generally your best choice. Hotels near Ballston Metro.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up This neighborhood and hotel price point appeals to just about all travelers. With good proximity to downtown, airports and the National Mall it is hard to go wrong at Ballston as long as your budget can handle the high weekday rates. Hotels near Ballston Metro.

Clarendon

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: The Clarendon and Courthouse metro stations form the heart of bustling Arlington. A little less than a mile separates these two stations, but the area is a vibrant, urban center, and the section of Arlington that has the most to offer visitors. Full of luxury high-rises and single-family homes, Clarendon/Courthouse is home to affluent families and young professionals. Though the area can get a bit rowdy on weekend nights, this neighborhood is safe and welcoming. Hotels near Clarendon Metro.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up This neighborhood is ideal for all visitors. Families and those traveling without children will all find something about this comfortable area to recommend. Shoppers will enjoy the mix of major retailers, like Ann Taylor and Pottery Barn, and independent shops, like South Moon Under, a local clothing boutique. Hotels near Clarendon Metro.

Dunn Loring

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: Dunn Loring is a community in Fairfax County, Virginia. It is located on the orange line. While you’ll find shopping centers and high-rise apartments close to the metro, head a bit farther out for quiet streets filled with single-family homes. An affluent area home mostly to families, visitors to the area will feel comfortable and safe. Hotels near Dunn Loring Metro.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up This area is a great bet for those who don’t mind being a bit outside of DC or who have business in northern Virginia. This is a great family-friendly choice. Hotels near Dunn Loring Metro.

Rosslyn

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: Rosslyn is a neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, located just across the Potomac River from DC proper. Rosslyn lies on the blue, orange, and silver lines and is notable for the high-rise buildings that make up the Virginia skyline as viewed from DC. Rosslyn is home to mostly young professionals taking up residences in the high-rise apartment buildings. This area is really the commercial center of Arlington; you’ll find better nightlife and activity options in the Clarendon/Courthouse neighborhood just a bit south. Rosslyn is bustling on weekdays; while still safe on the weekends, you’ll find it much quieter. Hotels near Rosslyn Metro.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up Being the heart of commercial Arlington, Rosslyn is the ideal place for business travelers to northern Virginia. Those looking to stay in a vibrant neighborhood should look to nearby Clarendon/Courthouse, but Rosslyn is a good option for visitors looking to stay outside the city, but retain easy access. Hotels near Rosslyn Metro.

Foggy Bottom

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: Foggy Bottom is an urban neighborhood that is a mix of residential row homes and businesses. Home to George Washington University, you’ll find a lot of college students, making this a vibrant and safe neighborhood. Hotels near Foggy Bottom Metro.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up Foggy Bottom is a charming area for all types of travelers. Those with government business will enjoy close proximity to the Departments of State and Interior. Hotels near Foggy Bottom Metro.

New Carrollton

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: New Carrollton is a suburban area located in Maryland at the end of the orange metro line. It is also located on the Amtrak and MARC train routes. This is a commuter town populated with families and older professionals. While New Carrollton is safe town, there is not much to distinguish it from other suburbs. The area around the metro and the hotels in New Carrollton are mostly office park and strip mall type places. You’ll mainly find national chains in the area for dining, such as IHOP and Stonefish Grill. Hotels near New Carrollton Metro.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up This location is a good bet for visitors who don’t mind being removed from the city and who don’t mind staying in a generic area get free parking a nice hotel and commute into the city. Hotels near New Carrollton Metro.

Smithsonian / L’Enfant

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: The neighborhood around the National Mall is dead at night. This can be welcome for those who enjoy a peaceful walk through the National Mall, but not welcome for others. The area is surrounded by massive government buildings and when five o’clock rolls past commenters travel home leaving the area bland and sterile. Hotels near Smithsonian / L’Enfant Metro.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up This area is best for families who want to prioritize the museums and intellectuals reluctant for nightlife. Hotels near Smithsonian / L’Enfant Metro.

Capitol South

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: Capitol South sits at the heart of American politics. It is the metro stop most convenient to the Capitol Building, the Library of Congress, and the Supreme Court; in fact, it lets riders off in the midst of the office buildings that are home to the House of Representatives. Beyond the government buildings, you’ll find a safe neighborhood full of picturesque row houses home to affluent families and young professionals. The character of the neighborhood scene can be dependent on what’s going on in Congress—a late vote and you may find yourself dining next to faces you recognize from CSPAN or Meet the Press. Hotels near Capitol South Metro.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up A pricey neighborhood, Capitol South may not best serve budget-minded travelers. But for those willing to splurge, you’ll be rewarded with being within convenient walking or metro distance to all of the key tourist attractions. This location is also ideal for anyone with business on the Hill. Hotels near Capitol South Metro.