Did you know the Washington DC metro covers 103 miles of track? That doesn’t even include the new Silver line. It’s easy to see how someone could be overwhelmed by the number of entertainment options in DC considering there are 80+ stations, and stop after stop offers its own unique neighborhood. This article will help you decide which line is best to stay near and what each area of DC has to offer.
Things to Do on the DC Metro Lines
The Red Line
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. Travelers who want to stay in an affluent urban high-rise neighborhood with outstanding restaurants will love Bethesda. Bethesda is about a 40 minute ride from downtown DC. Find Hotels & Learn More About the Red Line.
The Orange Line
The Orange Line runs east to west and gives riders the best access to Arlington, and VA suburbs in the west. Its eastern destinations are in Prince George’s County. The Smithsonian Stop on the Orange Line is the most convenient stops for beginning a day of site seeing at the National Mall. Farragut West will leave you two blocks for the White House. The Ballston and Rosslyn stations are excellent choices to save on hotels over downtown DC without giving up much conveniences to the city. These two stations will suite business or tourist alike. Find Hotel & Learn More About the Orange line.
The Yellow Line
The Yellow Line serves as the fastest way to get from the DCA (Reagan National Airport) to the city. Its popular hotel destinations are Pentagon City and Crystal City which are also stops on the Blue Line and next to the airport. The line starts just outside of Alexandria, and ends by connecting with the Red Line at Georgia Avenue. If airport access is key consider Crystal City. Alexandria is a charming area of DC with many restaurants and main street shops. Find hotels and learn more about the Yellow line.
The Green Line
The Green line is most notable for its access to College Park (Maryland University) and bus transportation to BWI Airport (B30). The Navy Yard Metro Station is the jump off point for the Nationals Ballpark. It shares a line throughout DC with the Yellow Line which has a stop dedicate for Howard University. Find hotel and learn more about the Green line.
The Silver Line
The new Silver line connects DC with Tysons Corner west of the city in Virgina. This congested suburb in Virgina is host to one of the largest Malls on the East Coast. Tysons Corner is accessible off I-495 and I-66. Those arriving to Dulles airport are now in luck as the Reston station is within a few miles of Dulles. There is a Dulles connector bus that runs between Reston and the airport. Find hotels and learn more about the Silver line.