Washington, DC Transportation
At Adventure Bound Washington, DC, we use and recommend the Largo Town Center metro station, which is located at the end of the blue line. Most of the monuments and museums are along the blue line. The address is: 9000 Lottsford Road, Largo, MD. 20774. Please note, some GPS devices do not recognize Largo as a city. If your GPS device does not find the address, please try Upper Marlboro instead. There is a fee for parking at the station during the week, but it is free on the weekends. Be sure to allow yourself at least half an hour to get to the metro station in case there is traffic.
For campers that would like to drive instead of use public transportation, we recommend parking at the Ronald Reagan Building Parking: 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004. It is reasonable priced and within walking distance of the national mall.
If you do not have a separate vehicle and wish to drive your motorhome to the metro station, you will have to go to the Huntington station at the end of the yellow line: 2501 Huntington Ave, Alexandria, VA 22303. Please note, there are only a handful of metro stations that offer RV or “multi-day” parking. Please see www.WMATA.com for a complete list of stations with multi-day parking available.
When you get to the metro station, you will need to purchase metro tickets to ride. You are allowed up to two children (under the age of four) to ride free with each paying adult. If you are going to make multiple stops while in Washington, D.C., a day pass will save you money. If you are only making a couple of stops, paying for the rides individually will save you money (please note, the fares vary between stations). If you will be going into the city multiple days, be sure to get a reloadable SmarTrip card or you will be charged a paper ticket fee each time you purchase new fare.
If you wish to drive into the city, we recommend parking at the Ronald Reagan Building Parking: 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004. It is reasonably priced and within walking distance of the National Mall.
For more information regarding the metro and their fares, please visit www.WMATA.com or call: (202) 637-7000.
Washington, DC Tips & Tricks
Are you looking for the easiest, most informative and quickest way to see Washington, DC? Then the Old Town Trolley will be perfect for you. Please visit their website for more information (www.trolleytours.com/washington-dc). See below for tips and tricks on the city:
1.) To receive the special fares for senior/disabled citizens, you must apply for the special senior/disable SmarTrip card. To do so, please visit www.WMATA.com or call (202) 637-7000.
2.) When you enter the Largo Town Center, the automated ticket machines will be on your right and the information kiosk will be on the left side if you have any questions.
3.) Also, if you parked at the station, be sure to note which floor you are parked on before you head into the city or finding your car may prove difficult.
4.) If you are going into Washington, DC just to visit one thing or only need to make one stop in the city, simply pay for the cost of the trip there and back. Do not purchase a day pass as this only saves money for those making three or more stops.
5.) There is an upcharge for those who do not purchase a Smart Trip Card from the Metro. Smart Trip Cards are perfect if you will be visiting the city more than once during your stay.
6.) If you have sensitive ears, you may want to consider bringing some chewing gum as the Metro changes between underground and above ground which may cause your ears to pop.
7.) If you would like to take an Old Town Trolley, DC Ducks or Monuments by Moonlight tour(s), be sure to have your tickets printed and ready to go (we’ll be happy to print them for you in the office). If you don’t print them first, you will have to go to Union Station and visit their desk to pick up your tickets. With tickets already printed, you can jump on any trolley stop along the predesignated route.
8.) The Old Town Trolley and DC Ducks tours run every 30 minutes or less, so even if you get off to check-out a monument or museum, you know your ride will be back soon.
9.) A 2-day Old Town Trolley Tour pass is optimal if you will be spending more than one day in Washington, DC. The first day will allow you to see the whole of the city and mark any interesting places or monuments you would like to go visit the following day. Then the next day, use the trolley as your mode of transportation through the city to see the different sites. This will keep your schedule open, relaxed and prevent any feelings of being rushed.
10.) Remember, with Old Town Trolley Tours, your satisfaction is 100%. If you're not satisfied with any part of your tour, please let them know and they will give you a full refund. They want you to be completely satisfied with your visit to DC.