The Orange line primarily connects DC to Virginia and Arlington, VA. The easterly leg of the line connects to Fedex Field in Maryland. Two of the most popular hotels for staying outside DC are on either ends of the Orange line and are both Courtyard’s and are located at New Carrollton or Dunn Loring.
DC 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.
Orange Line Logistics
The 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.
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.
Entertainment & Nightlife on the Orange Line
The 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.
Downtown Washington DC Metro Stations on the Orange Line with Hotels
- Hotels Near Metro Center Station
- Hotels Near Foggy Bottom / GW Metro
- Hotels Near McPherson Square Metro
Best Stations for Smithsonian Museums, Cherry Blossoms, & National Mall on Orange Line
Arlington Metro Stations on the Orange Line with Hotels
Stations In Western Suburbs of Virgina on Orange Line with Hotels
Eastern Maryland Suburban Metro Stations on Orange Line With Hotels (Fedex Field)