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Exploring Washington DC via Metrorail Can Be Easy and Fun

Being right across the street from the DC Metro Rail puts the splendor of Washington DC right outside the Hampton Inn & Suites Washington DC - Navy Yard front door. Here are some examples of the many sites and attractions you can easily get to from the Navy Yard - Ballpark Station. As a reminder we are on the Green Line.

Take a moment and look around as the Metro offers some pretty unique looks at their stations. We may be biased, but we say the Metro is one of the more impressive and attractive rail and subway systems in the US.

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DC Metro Rail Travel Advisories


Safetrack in Full Effect

SafeTrack is an accelerated track work plan to address safety recommendations and rehabilitate the Metrorail system to improve safety and reliability. The project is to last through the remainder of 2016. There is potential that there may be delays and line closures impacting your ability to get around the city. We recommend that you visit wmata.com for latest information as scheduled maintenance is subject to change. Check with our Front Desk staff when you check in on the best ways to reach your destination.

Nationals Ballpark

  • Nationals Park is right next door to us, so no need to take the Metro, but you can use it as a reminder that you are looking to return to the Navy Yard - Ball Park Station.
  • Check our DC Events page for upcoming Washington Nationals home games and special events at Nationals Park.

Arena Stage

  • 1 Stop from our hotel - Waterfront Station on the Green Line
  • Tony Award-winning theater with a focus on the production, presentation, development and study of American voices from classics to world premieres. 
  • Check our DC Events Page for upcoming shows and productions

The National Air and Space Museum

  • Two stops away at the L'Enfant Plaza station
  • The Smithsonian museum complex is so large and so popular that it has its own Metro stop on the Blue Line
    Additional museums included American History, Museum of Natural History, National Portrait Gallery, African Art, American Indian, and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • Admission is Free
 

The National Mall

  • Two stops away at the L'Enfant Plaza station
  • Enjoy strolling the lawn and watching kite fliers, frisbee players, picnickers and more
  • Walk past the Washington Monument and many numerous monuments and Memorials.
  • Pack your walking shoes because while they are all clustered conveniently together, they are spaced out enough to aide in insuring a serene and contemplative experience

US Capitol

  • Two stops away at the L'Enfant Plaza station
  • At the other end of the National Mall
  • Tours are available but need to be arranged in advance.
  • 4th of July is a huge annual event with fireworks and live concert including performance from the National Symphony
  • Insider Tip - Come out on July 3rd and watch the rehearsal the night before the televised event

The Tidal Basin

  • Two stops away at the L'Enfant Plaza station
  • Part of the National Mall - it is where the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival takes place 
  • Jefferson Memorial, one of the most notable memorials along the National Mall, is impressive and meaningful by day, we also recommend checking it out at night.
 

National Archives

  • Three Stops Away at Archives / Navy Memorial.
  • Houses the original Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights and more than 3 billion records. 
  • Open daily 10 am - 5:30 pm except Christmas; extended summer hours.
  • Admission is Free

The Verizon Center

  • Directly above the Gallery Place/ Chinatown station terminal on the Red Line
  • China Town offers a unique experience just one block away.
  • Also within easy walking distance of this station is the International Spy Museum, National Portrait Gallery and Crime and Punishment Museum.
  • Along with amazing headliners delivering world class concerts, the Verizon Center is also the home of Washington Wizards and Mystics professional basketball teams, the Washington Capitals NHL hockey team and the Georgetown University Hoyas basketball, and is the host for the 2016 ACC men's basketball conference tournament.

Union Station

  • Union Station is on the Red Line and is also the main terminal for Amtrak and Marta trains.
  • For nearly 100 years, Union Station has been the gateway to the nation's capital.
  • Every year, 29 million visitors enjoy shopping, entertainment, and an international variety of food in this Beaux Arts transportation hub.
 

The Kennedy Center

  • This arts complex located along the Potomac River features an excellent lineup of music, dance, theater, and more.
  • Hosting over 2,000 shows every year, the variety offers something for all ages and artistic tastes.
  • The Kennedy Center has a shuttle van that picks up and drops off visitors from the Foggy Bottom/ GWU station on the Blue Line.
  • You can not get to the Kennedy Center directly by the Metro.

Dupont Circle

  • Discover world class museums, great dining, shopping, parks, and international embassies in this charming Washington, D.C. neighborhood.
  • Visit the Phillips Collection for a fabulous assemblage of modern art from famed artists like Renoir, O'Keeffe, and Van Gough.
  • Tour the Woodrow Wilson House to learn more about our country's 28th President and wander past ornate international embassy buildings for a little global flavor.
  • Dupont Circle is its own stop on the Metro Red Line

The National Zoo

  • Get up close to your favorite wildlife at one of the fascinating exhibits showcasing majestic giant pandas, California seals, roaring wild cats and playful orangutans.
  • Take a ride on the carousel
  • The Zoo is located at the Woodley Park / Zoo/ Adams Morgan Station on the Red Line, so you will need to transfer at Gallery Place
  • Admission is free
 

Arlington National Cemetery

  • Arlington National Cemetery, our nation's most treasured burial ground, is home to more than 285,000 honored dead.
  • Among the thousands of white headstones are the graves of President John F. Kennedy, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, world champion boxer Joe Louis and the Tomb of the Unknowns.
  • Open daily 8 am - 5 pm (to 7 pm Apr. - Sep.)
  • Admission is free
  • Only accessible via the Blue Line

Pentagon

  • Visitors making plans to go to the Pentagon can get there via the Blue and Yellow Lines.
  • From our hotel, we would recommend the Yellow, as it is a more direct route.
  • Tours of the Pentagon are available to schools, educational organizations, and other select groups by reservation only

Great DC Shopping

  • Fashion staples & specialty shop treasures - Chinatown, Penn Quarter on Red Line - Gallery Place/ Chinatown Stop
  • Fashion Center at Pentagon City - Yellow Line - Pentagon City Station
  • Tyson's Corner and Tyson's Galleria on thee Silver Line
 

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

  • Visitors travelers through National Airport can to./from via the Blue and Yellow Lines.
  • From our hotel, we would recommend the Yellow, as it is a more direct route.
  • The Gallery Walk, located in Historic Terminal A, includes case displays and wall display areas for two and three-dimensional works by artists from all over the local area

Old Town Alexandria

  • History comes alive in the streets of Alexandria where this country's founders and presidents from George Washington to Barak Obama have walked, shopped, dined and lived.
  • Founded in 1749 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Alexandria has cobblestone streets lined with original 18th- and 19th- century buildings now housing shops, restaurants, museums and private residences.
  • Travel the length of Old Town Alexandria's main street between the King Street Metro station and the Potomac River on the free King Street Trolley.
  • Take a tour of the George Washington Masonic Memorial

Local DC Area Universities

  • Howard University - Shaw- Howard University Station - Green Line
  • George Washington University (GWU) - George Washington/ Foggy Bottom Station - Blue Line
  • Galludet University - NoMa Galludet U Station - Red Line
  • University of District of Columbia - Van Ness - UDC Station - Red Line
  • University of Maryland- College Park (Uof Md.) Station - Red Line
 

FedEx Place

  • Hail to the Redskins - Washington DC's favorite football team plays at FedEx Field
  • Join fans from all over the area taking the Blue Line train to the Largo Town Center station, and walking the few blocks to their tailgating and game seats

RFK Stadium

  • This outdoor arena now plays host to a variety of local sporting events, cultural festivities, and concerts.
  • Home of DC United Major League Soccer
  •  DC United has one of the highest attendance averages in Major League Soccer
  • RFK Stadium is easily accessible by Metro via the Stadium-Armory stop on the orange and blue lines. 

Annual DC Events

  • Cherry Blossom Festival
  • Capital 4th - Independence Day
  • National Christmas Tree Lighting
  • Presidential Inauguration
  • DC Jazzfest at The Yards
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