Things To Do on the DC Metro Silver Line

Overview of Silver line

things_to_do_in_washington_dc_silver_lineThe Silver line joined the DC Metro family in July 2014. Eventually this line will connect with Dulles International Airport. For now the line connects the greater metro area with Tyson’s Corner and Reston which are congested Virginia suburbs west of DC. There are five new stops on the Silver line and all but Reston are located in the Tyson’s Corner area. Anticipate spending about 40-50 minutes to ride into downtown or Smithsonian Museums utilizing the Silver line.

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Getting to Dulles Airport / Driving / Amtrack / VRE / MARC

1488059056_mapMany of the Silver line stations sit at the intersection of I-66 and the 495 / 95N. This area is well known as the kiss of death for commuters. Getting to Dulles is now easier because Metro riders can take the Silver line all the way to Reston and catch the “Silver Line Bus to Dulles.” Fairs are about $5 one way and the bus ride takes 20 minutes, busses run every 20 minutes. The Silver line will directly connect riders with the VRE at L’enfant Plaza. MARC and Amtrak can be assessed by transferring to the Red line at Metro Center.

Entertainment, Shopping & Nightlife on Silver line

things_to_do_in_washington_dc_restaurant_on_silver_lineWhile there are no Smithsonian Museums on the Silver line, or other tourist destinations worth noting the Silver line does provide better access to one of the best and largely unknown Smithsonian Museums. That museum is the Steven F Udar-Hazy Smithsonian Museum. This museum holds a myriad of aircraft including fighter jets, the first stealth jet, satellite probes, and antique spy cameras from WWII. The entire museum is held on a massive open floor plan and will delight all ages. Take the Silver line to Reston and catch the Fairfax County Connector Route 983 which runs every 20 minutes to the museum. Tysons Corner offers unparalleled shopping between its two massive malls; Tysons Galleria and Tyson Center Mall.

Where to Stay on the Silver Line

Places to stay on the DC Silver line.

Tysons Corner

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nieghborhood_vibe_48Neighborhood Vibe: Tyson’s Corner is a suburban area in northern Virginia. The immediate area is made up of office buildings, shopping centers, and a few apartment buildings. A bustling hub, Tyson’s Corner can be very congested, even on weekends when the malls are very busy. It’s location on the silver line has made this area much more accessible to downtown DC and welcoming for those who are not driving. While Tyson’s is generally a safe area, the amount of traffic in the area, and the multi-lane highways, mean that pedestrians should always exercise caution. There are two stations in Tysons Corner. Hotels near Tysons Corner.

Who is Best for this Location?

thumbs_up This area is great for visitors looking for excellent shopping and for visitors looking for easy dining options, if not a whole lot of neighborhood charm. Business travelers will appreciate its proximity to many of the companies headquartered in northern Virginia and the opening of the silver line makes this an increasingly viable option for those looking for access to the tourist attractions in downtown DC. Hotels near Tysons Corner.

Spring Hill Metro

1487828236_metro There are four hotel options near the Spring Hill Metro station near Tysons Corner. We recommended the Quality Inn because of its very affordable rates and free parking. Hotels near Spring Hill Metro.

Tysons Corner Metro

1487828236_metro here are five brand name hotels within walking distance to the Tysons Corner Metro. We recommend looking at Crowne Plaza as a first choice, and Courtyard by Marriott as a second choice. Hotels near Tysons Corner.