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Explore DC

Sights and sounds of America’s capital city.

LEARN THE BASICS

  • Purchase

    You can plan ahead and buy a SmarTrip® card online with any major debit or credit card. Or, you can purchase a card at any Metrorail station or select sales location for $2.

  • Load

    You can add value to your SmarTrip® card and check your balance at any Metrorail station. Or, you can create an account to manage your card online. Fares vary.

  • Swipe

    If riding the Metrorail, tap your card on the target at the fare gate upon entry and exiting. If riding the Metrobus, tap your card on the farebox only as you enter.

POPULAR DESTINATIONS

Know before you go. Our Getting There guides are tailored to make your travel experience simple and stress-free.

Getting to the National Mall

Getting to the National Mall

With more than 24 million visitors from around the world each year, the Mall is an international stage where people gather for celebrations and commemorations. A popular destination with limited parking, the best way to access the Mall is by public transit.

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Getting to Audi Field

Getting to Audi Field

The DC United franchise has a new home! Audi Field is a soccer-specific stadium at Buzzard Point just a few blocks from Nationals Park. To make sure transportation is a breeze, goDCgo has put together a guide with different options for you to travel sustainably to the field.

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Getting to Union Station

Getting to Union Station

A century-old DC landmark, Union Station is located just blocks from the U.S. Capitol and is considered the city’s top transportation hub. Whether traveling into or out of the District, you’ll be surprised how many transit options are available at this leisure destination.

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Getting to Reagan National Airport (DCA)

Getting to Reagan National Airport (DCA)

Located just three miles south of Washington, DC, the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is the nearest commercial airport to the capital city and serves the metro DC area. It is directly accessible by Metrorail and Metrobus, as well as a multitude of other shuttle and rideshare options.

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Getting to Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI)

Getting to Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI)

Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport may be located about 30 minutes east of DC, but don’t let the distance fool you—there are plenty of affordable transportation options available. From light rail to bikeshare, this international airport has been ranked one of the top 10 easiest airports to get to.

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Getting to Dulles International Airport (IAD)

Getting to Dulles International Airport (IAD)

The biggest and busiest airport in the metro DC area, the Washington Dulles International Airport is located 45 minutes west of DC in Virginia. Currently, the best way to access IAD is by bus, but Metrorail’s Silver Line will service the airport upon it’s completion in 2020.

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EXPLORE BY NEIGHBORHOOD

DC is said to be a city of neighborhoods, each with its own unique history, culture, architecture, demographics and geography. These neighborhoods are the heart of the city—beyond the museums and marble-clad monuments. Select a neighborhood below to explore popular destinations in that area:

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