Finally, it’s about time! The federal mask mandate for transportation is soon to be lifted. Originally the federal mask mandate was supposed to expire on March 18th. The federal mask mandate has been extended to April 18th. Hey, a few weeks can’t hurt that much! As Americans patiently await the day of being able to travel maskless, now is the time to start looking at places where Americans are sure to converge once again, enjoying America’s points-of-interest without restrictions. There is no better place to start than the nation’s capital, Washington, DC. Washington, DC’s famous Metro subway is the most user-friendly subway in the United States. Visitors can access just about every well-known attraction via the Metro. So, what Washington, DC area locations are easily Metro-accessible? Here are 5 locations that make the list without the need of 2/3 vote.

5. Popular hotels: There are a smorgasbord of popular hotels in Washington, DC that are in close proximity to the Metro subway. The Metro subway is what gives such hotels high ratings on Hotels.com and Booking.com. It’s all about location, location, location! On the Yellow Line, Crystal City station is home to the Crystal City and Crystal Gateway Marrriott hotels. Both hotels sit conveniently above the Crystal City station. The Metro Center Marriott is another great hotel location conveniently located along the Metro system. Metro Center is served by the Orange, Blue, Silver, and Red Lines. The Metro Center Marriott is located one block from the Metro Center station. The Capital Hilton (16th and K Streets), can’t be in a more perfect location. It’s located within a two block walk from two Metro stations. Farragut North is two blocks from the hotel, while the McPherson Square station is just one block south. Silver Spring is an ideal DC suburb to stay in. The Silver Spring DoubleTree by Hilton is located on Colesville Road, a quick 7-minute walk from the Silver Spring station. Silver Spring is located on the Metro Red Line.

4. Sports and entertainment venues: There is not a single sports and entertainment venue that is not Metro-accessible. With the professional baseball season starting shortly, there’s no better place to start. Nationals Park is located one block from the Navy Yard station, on the Green Line. August brings about a new chapter in Washington’s football history. The Washington Commanders play at FedEx Field. The closest and most convenient Metro station is Largo Town Center, located on the Orange and Blue Lines. The NBA’s Washington Wizards and the NHL’s Washington Capitals play at the Capital One Arena. Capital One Arena sits atop the Gallery Place-Chinatown station, which serves the Yellow, Green, and Red Lines. The Red, Green, and Yellow Lines intersect at the Fort Totten station.

3. Must-visit restaurants: Like New York City with its endless assortment of restaurants, Washington, DC has a wide assortment of restaurants of its own. Excellent restaurants are what make Washington, DC the mecca for appetites of all sizes. Where does one start looking for good restaurants when visiting Washington, DC? With the Metro subway, it’s a walk in the park. Located near Metro Center station, on the corner of 13th and F Streets, is Mastro’s Steakhouse. Finding the perfect pizzeria in DC is easier said, and done! Pizzeria Paradiso is located on P Street, caddy corner to the Dupont Circle Station, on the Red Line. For a good steak dinner before or after a sports event, the District Chophouse & Brewery is conveniently located on 7th and G Streets. The Capital One Arena is immediately around the corner. For a formal dinner experience, The Prime Rib is located on K Street, one block from the Farragut West station, on the Orange, Blue, and Silver Lines.

2. Family fun: Who said that family fun cannot be found in Washington, DC? Washington, DC is home to plenty of family fun based points-of-interest. There is simply no shortage of family fun in the nation’s capital. Everywhere a family turns, family fun awaits. There are two Metro subway stations near the Smithsonian museums. The Smithsonian station is located directly in front of the Smithsonian Castle, on the south side of the National Mall. The Smithsonian station serves the Orange, Blue, and Silver Lines. L’Enfant Plaza Station is located southeast of the National Mall, next door to the National Air & Space Museum and the National Museum of The American Indian. Which museums should visitors tackle first? The answer is location, location, location! Six Flags America is in the town of Largo, just 7 minutes (via Uber or Lyft) from the Largo Town Center station. Why Uber or Lyft? The Metro bus ride from Largo Town Center to the Six Flags America gate is approximately 30 minutes, not including waiting time. It’s indeed, a time saver! In DC, family fun is the name of the game. The Metro subway is the perfect ride to it all.

1. Airports and Train stations: Whether flying to Washington, DC or taking the train, the Metro subway is at the visitor’s service. Union Station is located on the Metro’s Red Line, with transfers at Gallery Place-Chinatown and Metro Center just minutes away. Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) is on the Metro’s Yellow and Blue Lines. Crystal City is one stop away. The newest addition to the Metro subway system is the Silver Line extension to Dulles International Airport (IAD). Currently, passengers take the Metro subway to Wiehle-Reston East, connecting to the Dulles Express bus. The bus takes them to the airport terminal. The Silver Line extension is expected to finally open to the public this Summer 2022.

About Author

David Kriso has been a travel writer since August 2011. He is a contributing writer for both of his hometown's newspapers, The Gazette, and The Observer. His articles focus on cruise and railroad travel. David is also published online at ProwsEdge.com, a cruise magazine based in Vancouver, Canada and at Amtrak's story site, Whistlestop.Amtrak.com. David also writes for the publication Examiner.com. On Examiner.com, he writes about cruise and rail travel. David is a long-time train traveler, avid cruiser, and a Disney traveler since age 4.

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