The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world with a collection of more than 160 million objects. It contains 535 miles of bookshelves, stocked with over 36 million books, including the largest rare book collection in North America.
Upon its completion in 1884, the Washington Monument was the tallest structure in the world. Three years later, it was eclipsed by the Eiffel Tower. At 555 feet, the obelisk still remains the tallest object in Washington, DC.
Georgetown’s Old Stone House is Washington, DC’s oldest unchanged building. Built in 1765 in the British colony of Maryland, the house was already 59 years old when the British invaded the District in 1814.
GETTING AROUND DC
A SmarTrip® card is an easy-to-use, rechargeable card used to pay Metrorail and local bus system fares. SmarTrip® is accepted on the following area transit providers: DASH, Ride On, Fairfax Connector, ART, CUE, Loudoun County Transit, Omniride, TheBus, DC Circulator, Maryland Transit Administration Local Bus, Light Rail, and Metro Subway.
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.
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.
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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.
*Please note that select museums are temporarily closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Ready to get real? Real-time transit displays, that is! Transit display screens show real-time information about local buses, trains, subways, bikeshare, and weather. Here in DC, that includes public transportation information about Capital Bikeshare, DC Circulator, Metrobus, Metrorail, Lyft, and Uber.
Despite challenges presented by the pandemic, many residential properties in the District have remained resilient over the past year. Whether it was an existing multi-family property or new development, goDCgo appreciates these properties' commitment to providing and promoting sustainable transportation for staff and residents.
As of Saturday, May 1, Washington, DC has transitioned to the use of 11 high-capacity, walk-up, no appointment needed vaccination sites. Please be advised that designated walk-up sites are for first vaccination doses ONLY. After you receive your first dose, you still need to make an appointment to get your second dose. The walk-up sites are available in addition to pharmacies, clinics, and health care providers that are administering the vaccines throughout the District. These sites will operate their own scheduling systems.
When students walk to school, they're setting good habits and a positive tone for the day. Although distance, weather, and infrastructure can make walking challenging for some, those that do live within walking distance (typically 1 mile or less) can reap some amazing benefits from getting their stride on each day. Here are five ways walking to school can benefit your children and family.
1. Improve Test Scores
Adding just 20 minutes of physical activity (approximately the time it takes to walk a mile) into a child's day can increase test scores. In a 2015 study, researchers found that after just 20 minutes of physical activity students tested better in reading, spelling, and math and were more likely to read above their grade level. By having your child walk to and from school you can help them perform better.
2. Fewer Sick Days
Walking just 30 minutes a day can boost your child's immune system and cut their risk of catching a cold in half. Walking to school could mean fewer sick days for your child and fewer missed work days for you.
3. Improve Mental Health
With mental health issues rising in children throughout the past decade, it's important to find small ways to combat these issues and improve mental health on a daily basis. During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, children have been sheltered from their normal interactions with peers such as playing during recess and the overall social aspect of being in person. Walking can help to reduce the severity of mental health issues. Just an hour of physical activity a day can help reduce stress and reduce depression and anxiety.
4. Improve Sleep
Sleep is crucial for children and teens who are developing both mentally and physically, but unfortunately students, especially teenagers, can have issues with sleep and often don't get a good night's rest. Walking to school can help children and teens sleep more soundly and improve their sleep quality. Getting an adequate amount of sleep in turn can contribute to higher test scores, better moods and behavior, and improved mental and physical health.
5. It's Good For You, Too!
It's advised that children under ten are walked to school by a parent, trusted adult, or as a part of a walkpool (similar to carpools but walking instead of driving). By walking your child to school, you can reap the health benefits that walking brings as well. Walking just 30 minutes a day can reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, depression, certain cancers, Alzheimer's and dementia, osteoporosis while improving fatigue, blood pressure, strength, and boosting endorphins and the immune system. Walking your child to school can make you healthier and happier!
Worried About Safety?
Safety can be a big concern for many parents when it comes to walking to school. Parents can ensure their child is safe by helping them understand and obey traffic signs and signals. Walking in groups and adopting a buddy system can also increase safety. Walkers should also avoid using electronics that could distract them during their route.
In addition, the District's Safe Routes to Schools program works year-round to advance safe walking and biking to and from schools and address problem areas. DC's Safe Passage initiative has also identified safe spot locations that are local stores and businesses known to welcome students who encounter safety issues on their way to and from school. Find safe spot locations along your route to school.
Since the onset of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the District has experienced a decline in traffic due to many of us working from home. However, there's evidence that people may actually be driving more for non-commute trips. Many individuals have shifted to driving outside of work for recreation and to run errands, visit stores, workout at the gym, go out to eat, etc., leading to an increase in personal vehicle trips. And as people start returning to workplaces, our commute choice plays an integral role in helping to mitigate traffic congestion. goDCgo encourages you to do your part and travel sustainably by foot, bike, bus, scooter, Metro, or rideshare.
Additionally, being able to telework has major implications for the environment, because in the U.S., transportation is the biggest source of greenhouse gases. So, if you have the option to work remotely, you can help fight climate change and improve the air quality in DC and beyond.
Our nation's capital boasts a number of sustainable transportation options including public transit and active modes like biking, walking, and scooting. This makes it easy to get around, no matter the mode you choose. In fact, Washington, DC ranks the 4th most transit-friendly city, 7th most walkable city, and 9th most bike-friendly city in the U.S.!
Many unsung heroes of the pandemic are our low-wage workers. More than 53 million people, or 44 percent of all workers ages 18 to 64 in the United States, earn low hourly wages. According to the Brookings Institute, a low wage is $17.26/hour, which working full-time equates to roughly $36,000/year. These are people who work at grocery stores, restaurants, and retail establishments; in building security; and at countless other jobs.
Over the past year, telework has certainly provided value as a safe alternative work arrangement in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Whether it’s one day a week or every day, teleworking can save you time and money, reduce air pollution, and even help stop the spread of COVID-19. We understand that many people can’t telework due to the nature of their job and recognize that the telework experience differs from that of pre-COVID times, however, we encourage everyone to take time for wellness which can start with recapturing the personal time that commuting to the office previously offered.
Black History Month is nationally observed every February to recognize the great contributions of African Americans in US history -- past, present, and future. This year, goDCgo is celebrating Black History Month in a new way by highlighting some of the black-owned businesses in the District and how to get to their storefront locations using sustainable transportation.
The DC Circulator provides public transportation to the District’s main attractions and most lively neighborhoods at a cost of only $1.* The system consists of 6 distinct routes across Washington, DC, crossing over into Rosslyn, VA, and provides close to five million trips a year. The Circulator services each stop every 10 minutes, providing simple, fast, and affordable transit to residents, commuters, and visitors around the nation’s capital.**
Explore all of your DC transportation options using our Get Around Guide.