What is the best way to get to Washington, DC?
Flying: Washington, D.C. is served by three major airports: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Dulles is the city’s primary international airport.
Train: Amtrak trains, including the popular Northeast Corridor line, stop at Union Station in D.C. Maryland Rail Commuter (MARC) runs between Union Station and Baltimore's Camden Station and Penn Station.
Car: Washington, D.C. is primarily served by I-95 from Baltimore or Richmond, circling the city by running along the eastern portion of the Beltway (I-495). Known as the Capital Beltway, this road is often the most practical way to travel between the surrounding suburbs, which means there’s usually rush hour congestion.
What is the best time to visit Washington, DC?
Since the summers in Washington, D.C. can be hot and muggy and the winters cold, the spring and fall seasons are considered the best times to visit the city. Plus, from April to mid-May, the area’s cherry blossoms bloom, making it a pretty and popular period in D.C., so prepare for the city to be crowded during this time. As you would expect, every major national holiday is a time to celebrate in D.C. For example, there’s the National Memorial Day Parade in May, the National Mall Fourth of July Celebration in July, and the National Christmas Tree Lighting in December. Other notable events include the Citi Open tennis tournament in late summer and Summerfest DC in June.
Walking: Ranked one of the most walkable cities in the U.S., Washington, D.C. can be explored on foot, with most attractions, such as those along the National Mall, located near each other.
Transit: For most travelers, it’s easier to use public transportation than drive around D.C. Metrorail is composed of six color-coded rail lines that run primarily underground within the city and above ground in the surrounding suburbs. The visitor-friendly D.C. Circulator buses operate between main attractions and popular neighborhoods, while Metrobus operates routes throughout the D.C. metro area.
Taxi: Taxis are readily available throughout D.C. and can be hailed on the street. Ride-sharing services such as Uber, Lyft, and Via are also available.