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Getting Around in DC

Posted on April 18, 2015 by under Travel.    

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We walked by this sushi place on our way to the metro station. I wanted to try the $1 sushi at happy hour but Brian was a party pooper and wouldn’t let me. I looked at the restaurant’s reviews online and they were all favorable. I think we really missed out.

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We found a Dunkin’ Donuts right by the metro station which was fantastic because it ended up being Brian’s daily coffee stop.

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I had to take a picture of the restroom at Dunkin’ because it had a keypad. You couldn’t use the restroom unless you had the code. Weirdest thing ever.

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Descending down the metro station at Woodley Park was a trip. It was a long, long, long way down. Naturally, we had to take an obligatory escalator selfie to commemorate our very first time using the WMATA.

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This super nice WMATA lady helped us figure out the best way to get around. SmartTrip cards are definitely the way to go because you save $1 on the cost of each fare on Metrorail, which comes out to $2 for each roundtrip far (compared to using a paper farecard). It cost us $10 each to get our SmarTrip cards but each card came with an $8 load, and they’re reloadable.

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Speaking of fares, we also learned that fares during peak times (before 9:30 AM and between 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM) are more expensive than off-peak fares so, to save on fares, Brian usually didn’t leave the hotel to go on sightseeing adventures until after nine.

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WMATA has quite an impressive rail system and it continues to improve. They’re in the middle of an expansion right now actually. Metrorail pretty much allows you to go anywhere you need to go. We got quite familiar with it during our stay. We’d just take the red line from Woodley Park, where our hotel is located, to Metro Center and we could hop on the silver, orange, or blue lines. It was amazing, and fast too! I can’t imagine driving.

If you ever find yourself in the Washington DC area, I highly recommend getting one of these SmarTrip cards. Trust me on this one!

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