The Washington DC Metro System Guide

Washington DC Metro System

The Washington DC Metro system is the way to explore the city! Whether you are planning your travel to DC or are already in DC, you will encounter traffic, traffic, and more traffic. Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington DC have some of the worst traffic recorded on the East Coast of the United States.

Many people, whether visiting or commuting, thousands upon thousands each day, choose to take the Washington DC Metro system, which is overseen by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority or WMATA for short. By taking the Metro, you can save time and money, going underground where there is no traffic and paying fares of $2-$5 compared to $10-$20 taxi, Uber, or Lyft rides. The metro also stops at the most popular attractions in DC, including the White House, Capitol, National Mall, Arlington Cemetery, and the Pentagon.

Our Washington DC Bed and Breakfast is located near the Red Line Metro, which takes you to some of the most popular stations in DC to see the best attractions, museums, and restaurants. The American Guest House is a twelve-room historic Inn offering the finest hospitality, unique accommodations, and business amenities. Whether you’re seeking a place to relax between work meetings or a vacation destination, our B&B is in an excellent location. Book your lodging today!

Washington DC Metro System

Your Guide to the Washington DC Metro System

The Washington DC Metro system provides safe, clean, reliable transit service for more than 600,000 customers a day throughout the Washington, DC area. The system is the second busiest in the United States, serving 91 stations in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. The Metro system has six color-coded rail lines: Red, Orange, Silver, Blue, Yellow, and Green. The layout of the system makes it possible to travel between any two stations with no more than a single transfer.

This new map of the Washington DC Metro System is helpful to understand the routes. Here’s a breakdown the the Washington DC Metro System Lines:

  1. The Red Line is where our DC B&B is located. The Red Line starts in Shady Grove Station, Maryland, and ends in Glenmont Station, Maryland. DuPont Circle, Farragut North, Metro Center, Gallery Place Chinatown, Union Station, and Silver Spring are some of the most popular stations on the Red Line Metro.
  2. The Orange, Silver, and Blue Metro Lines follow much of the same paths in Washington DC but go their own direction once you get to Rosslyn Station and Stadium Armory.
  3. The Orange Line starts in Vienna, Virginia, and ends in New Carrollton, Maryland. Falls Church, Rosslyn, Metro Station, L’Enfant Plaza, Capitol South, and Eastern Market being the most used stations.
  4. The Silver Line starts in Reston, Virginia, and ends in Largo, Maryland. The most used stations are Tyson’s Corner, Rosslyn, Metro Station, L’Enfant Plaza, Capitol South, and Eastern Market. The line also stops at the Dulles International Airport (AID).
  5. The Blue Line Metro Starts in Franconia-Springfield Station and ends in Largo, Maryland. Some of the big stops along the Blue Line are stops in Alexandria, VA, Pentagon, Arlington Cemetery, Rosslyn, Metro Station, L’Enfant Plaza, Capitol South, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and Eastern Market.
  6. The Yellow and Green Line are the sole lines in the DC Metro System that run North and South predominantly, which is a fact that can be helpful to remember.
  7. The Yellow Line starts in Huntington and ends in Fort Totten, encompassing stops in Alexandria, VA, the Pentagon, L’Enfant Plaza, Gallery Place/Chinatown, and Capital Heights. It also stops at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).
  8. The Green Line starts in Greenbelt, Maryland, and ends at Branch Avenue Station. This Metro line stops in Anacostia, Archives, L’Enfant Plaza, Gallery Place/Chinatown, Capital Heights, and College Park UMD.

There are some helpful social media handles for the Washington DC Metro system, such as @Metrorailinfo and @wmata, that you can follow and have access to up-to-the-minute alerts on anything in the Metrorail System. And if you’re interested, there is also a funny account that you can follow called @unsuckdcmetro¬†which constantly posts about Metro line mishaps.

Washington DC Metro System is near our bed and breakfast, photo of a guest room at American Guest House

Best Hotels near Dupont Circle Washington DC

While the Washington DC Metro System is by far the best way to get around the city, however, with our hotel near Dupont Circle as your homebase, you’ll also be within walking distance of many great restaurants and local attractions. We’re located just minutes from the famed Dupont Circle neighborhood and the Washington Hilton convention center where hundreds of conferences and conventions are held each year.

If you’re traveling for business, you’ll love the privacy that our boutique hotel affords. You’ll be close to the major convention centers but set back from the busy hotels so that your downtime can be as relaxing as you wish. We also have a few extra perks for business travelers, including an on-site living room that easily acts as a small meeting room and is available to rent for a small fee.

For those visiting Washington DC for pleasure, you’ll also enjoy the peaceful nature of our property. The majority of our guest rooms are designed to accommodate couples with big, comfy beds with fine linens, private en suite bathrooms, and elegant decor. We can’t wait to host you at one of the best hotels near Dupont Circle in Washington DC; book your lodging today!


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