Washington, DC Tourism info

DC Maps of the Mall and Downtown Tourism Spots

DC is a very beautiful and walkable city with many Historic Sites, coupled with its excellent subway known as the "Metro," it is a really fun city to tour.

If you decide instead to opt for one of the suburban chain hotels, most do provide shuttle vans to Metro stops so your family can tour that way.

I feel the chain hotels in the suburbs out near the Beltway are located there with the business traveler in mind, the surrounding areas are not very aesthetically appealing neighborhoods and are they certainly are NOT pedestrian-friendly as the neighborhoods of NW DC where I live are.

DC zip 20008 on Yahoo! Local

Lodging in DC:

 

Some DC area tourist Hotel links:

hotels in DC and Surrounding  

http://www.washington.org/


The section of DC I live in is

 Kalorama Triangle

 an area with excellent access to the many sights of DC.

B & Bís in Kalorama Triangle neighborhood:

Kalorama Guest House at Kalorama Park, 1854 Mintwood Place NW Washington, DC, 20009

 Phone: (202) 667-6369  / Fax: (202) 319-1262

Four charming Victorian town houses furnished with antiques on a small residential street in the Adams-Morgan/Kalorama neighborhood.  Just steps away from 60 international restaurants and Metro subway station.  Rooms: 31 (12 with private bath). Meeting Rooms: 3. Services: Complimentary continental breakfast and afternoon aperitif. Facilities: Several parlor areas, garden, breakfast room with marble-topped tables, limited off-street parking. Meetings: Meeting equipment with advance notice.

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I have looked up hotels that fan out from
the neighbor'hood Bootie lives in, known as Kalorama Triangle near where Bootie's roams.  
[I also have a map to the beach house].
  I believe this area of Washington, DC where Bootie lives offers the most diversity and diversion and easy access to popular DC tourism sights in a comfortable and safe manner for out-of-town families to really enjoy Washington.
Here's some things I believe about the neighborhood, it was home to Ms. Lena Horne (California or Kalorama Sts., NW), 'Cap' Weinburger is/was there.
The VP's 'Marine 2' helicopter overflies this neighborhood, twice a day and my dog Sara barks like crazy. The [DoD's] 'the Donald' "Rummy" Rumsfeld lives there. On one part of my twice daily dog walk, as I face the French Ambassador's residence, going left is Ted Kennedy's house, going right is Donald's house, how fitting ;^D
Sara will typically, eat the grass in front of the Honorable Senator's, and then either spit that up, or 'do a gal's business,' in front of DoD-onald's.
Ironic that across the street, in full gaze of this excremental expression, are the discrete 'Soldiers of Fortune' on Federal Protection duty. They are standing only feet away from French soil, their presence makes it feel like the 5th on Rue St. Germain a Paris!

Kalorama Triangle's 1900 Block Biltmore Road, NW has its own Cold Case

The other famous Cold Case with a Biltmore in it, Black Dahlia

 The Adams Morgan and Kalorama neighborhood is certainly my favorite place to be in Washington.   I'll fan out from where we live.

 

Some hotels in Kalorama:

Churchill Hotel

1914 Connecticut Ave.NW Washington, DC 20009 202-797-2000

Windsor Park Hotel

2116 Kalorama Rd. N.W. Washington, DC 20008 202-483-7700

 Superior Tourist Class, classic boutique hotel (1930) with Victorian Charm and Modern conveniences. Located just North of Dupont Plaza near 21st and Connecticut and Woodley Park Metro Stop. Rooms in Queen Anne/Chippendale Style Deco with color cable tv, dual-line phones, climate control and mini refrigerator, tour desk and business services. No restaurant or bar but many nearby. Includes Complimentary Continental Breakfast Daily Cancel Policy 24 HOUR | Bed Types 1Q/2T/2D | Daily Parking 11.00 Free Breakfast YES | Gym NO | Children Free Under 17 Pool | Restaurant | Rooms/Floors 43/ 4

Jury's Normandy Inn

 2118 Wyoming Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20008

Moderate First Class intimate boutique style hotel located in a quiet residential area off Connecticut Ave., 4 blocks North of Dupont Circle (Closest Metro Stop). This Hotel has pleasant rooms with climate control, period furnishings, color tv, clock radio, tea/coffee maker and refrigerator. Wheelchair accessible. No full-service bar or restaurant, but tea room serves light fares and limited room service. Cancel Policy 24 HRS | Bed Types 1D/2T | Daily Parking 11.00 Free Breakfast NO | Gym NO | Children Free Under 12 Pool NO | Restaurant NO | Rooms/Floors 75/ 6

 B & Bís in Adams Morgan neighborhood: Adams Inn

California Street House B & B, 1838 California Street, NW 202-488-4494

Cashion's - the BEST restaurant in Adams Morgan

Tryst - the BEST coffee hang-out place in DC

Woodley Park-National Zoo neighborhood is a wonderfully quiet wooded neighborhood.

WOODLEY PARK Shopping

List of Woodley Park eating spots

Open City coming soon

Lebanese Taverna - Woodley

The Smithsonian's National Zoo:

http://www.si.edu/natzoo/

Near the Zoo is this B&B:

Kalorama Guest House at Woodley Park

2700 Cathedral Ave. NW Washington, DC, 20008 Phone: (202) 328-0860 Fax: (202) 328-8730

Two Victorian town houses furnished with antiques in the Woodley Park neighborhood, 1 block off of Connecticut Avenue near the Sheraton Washington, National Zoo and Washington National Cathedral. Short walk to Metro subway station. Rooms: 19 (12 with private bath). Meeting Rooms: 1. Services: Complimentary continental breakfast and afternoon aperitif. Facilities: Breakfast sun room, dining room, limited off-street parking. Meetings: Meeting equipment with advance notice.

Other Woodley Park-Zoo lodging:

Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St NW 202-234-0700

Connecticut-Woodley Guest Home B & B, 2647 Woodley Rd NW 202-667-0218

Woodley Park-Zoo--Wardman Park Marriot

 

Dupont Circle neighborhood info here

Dupont Circle virtual tour:

http://washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/entertainment/virtualtours/dupont/

B & Bís in Dupont Circle neighborhood: 

The Dupont At The Circle 1604 19th St. NW Washington, DC, 20009

Phone: (202) 332-5251 Fax: (202) 332-3244  

Charming Victorian townhouse in the perfect location: 1/2 block to Metrorail subway station, with restaurants, cafes, and boutiques close by. Within walking distance of the White House and the Phillips Collection. Rooms: 6 (all non smoking); high ceilings, fireplaces, marble bathrooms with jacuzzis, cable TV, fax, VCR, kitchenette. 1 suite with private deck on a separate floor is also available. Also, a large 1-BR apartment for guests who are staying a while. Double parlors in common area. Services: Complimentary continental breakfast and newspaper; multilingual staff. Facilities: Guest parking.

Simpkins Bed & Breakfast

 1601 19th St. NW Washington, DC, 20009

Phone: (202) 387-1328 Located at 19th and Q Sts. NW

1 block from Metro (Dupont Circle) this charming, air-conditioned, restored, yet very no frills 1888 Victorian town house is a bargain for bohemian/public interest professionals. Near DC sights, galleries and Embassy Row. Rooms: 6. Services: Complimentary breakfast.

Bed & Breakfast In Washington, Wash DC 202-328-3510

Bed And Breakfast-Sweet Dreams, Wash., DC: 202-483-9191

 Swann House

Historic Dupont Circle Inn

1808 New Hampshire Ave. NW Washington, D.C. 20009

(202) 265-4414 or (202) 265-7677 Fax: (202) 265-6755

Email: stay@swannhouse.com

Hotels in the Dupont Circle neighborhood:

Dupont Circle is named for the park at its center. This neighborhood is very much like the Parisian neighborhood that is in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, diverse and vibrant and with a touch of edginess that is easy to be safe in if one simply stays alert of their surroundings and watches out for their belongings in a common-sense manner.

The neighborhood has a large gay population that have worked hard block-to-block to restore this formerly neglected neighborhood and have made it into the wonderful place to live now. I lived in the Dupont Circle neighborhood for 14 years before I moved back up to my favorite neighborhood in DC (Adams Morgan/Kalorama) where I lived for one year when I first moved to DC in the fall of 1987 after I lived three years in Utah.

Carlyle Suites Hotel

1731 New Hampshire Ave. Washington, DC 20009

 Parking is available in their lot and they have spaces at a garage just down the street also.

The Carlyle Suites is a moderate first-class, Art-Deco style, all-studio suite hotel located in Dupont Circle near the Embassy District. All studio suites feature climate control, full kitchen, dining area, color TV, radio, phone, iron/board and hair dryer. Hotel offers restaurant, cafe, bar, gym, wheelchair access and 24-hour concierge. Cancel Policy 24 Hours | Bed Types 1K/2D | Daily Parking Free Free Breakfast No | Gym Yes | Children Free Under 18 Pool No | Restaurant Yes | Rooms/Floors 170/8

Jury's Hotel Dupont Circle

1500 New Hampshire Ave. Washington, DC 20036

The new hotel at this excellent location is right on Dupont Circle - it has a parking garage (an important feature as street parking is always tight in DC). It seems nice and well run. It located just two northeast end of the Dupont Circle neighborhood. It is a good value hotel located downtown just north of the business downtown. The Juryís Dupont is a first-class hotel located downtown near the White House and the Smithsonian. All guest-rooms feature climate control, tea/coffeemaker, minibar, in-room safe and iron/ironing board. The hotel offers a restaurant, lounge, room service, valet and dry cleaning services and a fitness center. Cancel Policy 72 Hours | Bed Types 1D/1K | Daily Parking 15.00 Free Breakfast No | Gym Yes | Children Free Under 17 Pool No | Restaurant Yes | Rooms/Floors 314/8

More Dupont Circle Hotels:

http://www.point-travel.com/washington-dc/hotels-dupont-circle.htm

Dupont Eating:

Teaism - Dupont

Dupont East -  Historic U STREET

 

Cleveland Park hotel:

4400 Connecticut Ave., NW Day's Inn

about three miles uptown and about 1/2 mile from the Zoo.

Address: 4400 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

Phone: 202-244-5600

Days Inn Reservation Phone Number:1-800-544-8313 Fax: 202-244-6794 Number of rooms: 155 Number of floors: 6 Credit Cards: AX, CB, DC, DS, VI Check In: 3:00 PM Check Out: 12:00 PM Airports: Ronald Reagan National, Washington Dulles, Baltimore (BWI) Ratings: 5 Sunbursts; AAA 2 Diamonds. Room Rate Ranges (US Dollars) Standard Room: from a low of $109.00 to a high of $139.00 Deluxe Room: from a low of $149.00 to a high of $179.00

Another write-up of it here: Days Inn Uptown 4400 Connecticut Ave. NW Washington DC 20008 Days Inn Uptown is a Contemporary mid-rise motor hotel located near the National Zoo, Northwest of Downtown. All rooms feature climate control, shower massage, phone, radio, cable TV, safe and coffeemaker. Hotel offers wheelchair access, and covered parking ($). Many restaurants and shops are nearby. Cancel Policy 24 Hours | Bed Types 1K/2D | Daily Parking 5.00 Free Breakfast No | Gym No | Children Free Under 12 Pool No | Restaurant No | Rooms/Floors 155/6

 

 West End/Foggy Bottom/GWU - a downtown neighborhood defined by the urban campus of GWU, the neighborhood is in between Georgetown, Dupont Circle and the National Mall.

Here are two pricey small Inns located there:

 GWU Inn: River Inn

New Hampshire Suites Hotel, 1121 New Hampshire Ave, NW 202-457-0565

 About twenty minutes walk north of Georgetown is the quiet, comfortable Glover Park neighborhood:

North of Georgetown is the quiet residential neighborhood called Glover Park. It is where the Vice President's house is located on the grounds of the US Naval Observatory.

Just east of Glover Park as one descends the hill toward Dupont Circle along Massachusetts Avenue, NW are where many of the Embassy's are.

In Glover Park are these two hotels:

Savoy Suites, 2505 Wisconsin Ave NW, 202-337-9700

Holiday Inn, District Of Columbia-Georgetown , 2101 Wisconsin Ave NW, 202-338-4600

 

 

Capitol Hill is the neighborhood that surrounds the U.S. Capitol. 

Its nice to see and grab a bite at as a diversion if one is touring the Capitol or Supreme Court or Library of Congress

 I've only stayed in luxury hotels here in DC:

the Hay-Adams on my wedding night

the Jefferson Hotel's $800/night Suite 810 that usually movie stars stay in we got on my wife's birthday one year we stayed at for a cheap package price one lucky weekend, and

the Mansion on O Streetís ďLog Cabin RoomĒ for our first anniversary.

 

Hotels in neighborhoods in NW DC and close-in suburbs:

http://www.expedia.com/hotels/United_States_of_America-201/District_of_Columbia-210/Cleveland_Park-90347_01.asp

http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/hi/hd/WASCC?_franchisee=WASCC&currentBrandId=HI;jsessionid=RQOKK5JDZXF3BJICRY0C4

 

Bethesda, MD hotels:

http://washington.dc.hotelguide.net/data/h100063.htm

http://washington.dc.hotelguide.net/data/h100069.htm

http://www.residenceinnbethesdahotel.com/location.cfm

http://www.hotelshotels.com/hotels/list/bethesda/md/us/default.html&TrackID=ink

http://www.embassysuitesdcmetro.com/chevychase/

 

 

Subway Information:

METRO is easy to use, clean, safe and handy. When I have guests I usually start out walking to toward downtown. We start from my neighborhood then downhill through Dupont Circle on Connecticut Ave to take in all the flavor of the city as this route leads one down to the Mall via the White House.

After touring the Mall if I get tired and either take the Metro home or grab a cab. Cabs are cheap and based on a fare system by zone so there's no meter running. I provide cab info subsequently.

Metro info:

Washington's METRO system

This Metro link from The Washington Post is handier.

One uses Metro by taking the escalator or use the elevator down at a Station.

One looks at the map to find the stop they desire to identify amount of fare, Important to notice that morning and evening rush-hour might be more.

The destination might be on a different color line from the one is boarding at. An example is if one enters at Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan or Dupont Circle on the Red line and sees that their desired stop is Smithsonian Station, they notice this stop is on the Blue/Orange line. Blue and Orange lines share multiple Stations throughout downtown DC and are called Blue/Orange Lines in that shared portion. This is true of the Yellow and Green Lines also.

On the map, one identifies a station marked with a larger circle that intersects the line with the desired stop. This is known as a Transfer Station. Coming downtown from the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan Station that is on the Red line and seeing Smithsonian Station is on Blue/Orange, one then sees the first Transfer Station is Metro Center Station.

One then looks on the map at the name of final destination of that color line that has the desired station on it, the Blue/Orange lines for the Smithsonian station. To transfer at Metro Center and proceed toward Smithsonian Station, one sees the Final Destination of the Blue Line train after its splits from the Blue /Orange segment is Addison Road for the Blue line in the direction proceeding from Metro Center toward Smithsonian Station.

Looking at the shared Orange line, one sees its final destination in the direction proceeding from Metro Center toward Smithsonian station is New Carrollton Station.

This info is important because one must pick the correct train color and final destination when transferring lines at Metro Center. Many times I have gotten the color correct but the direction (final destination) wrong.

Then one purchases a farecard at the farecard machines. Important to notice is there are machines for multiple purchases if one person wants to buy for more than one person.

One purchases the farecard by inserting coin or paper money up to $20.00 increments and the card is provided with its value printed on it that is updated to show the remaining value with each use.

Then proceed to the trains by approaching an entering turnstile marked green and insert the farecard on the side of the turnstile feeding the card in the direction indicated on the placard immediately above the farecard feeder.

The feeder will grab the card and it will spit it out on top and open the turnstile automatically. Pushing the gates aside yourself will alert an embarrassing alarm.

Grab your card and put it in your pocket and proceed to the train noting the turnstile will automatically snap closed after you pass through it. To exit the that same Station you entered if you suddenly realize you forgot something, simply walk to any exit turnstile in the Station and leave without being debited any fare.

Otherwise proceed toward the center of the platform and watch for flashing lights on the granite apron at the edge of the platform that indicate an arriving train. The train will arrive, on it will be indicated the color line it is and it will be also marked with its final destination indicating its direction of travel along that line. Make sure both the color and final destination indicating its direction are what one wants then board the train after it stops and the doors open with an announcing bee-boop.

Observe the next arriving train one is transferring to at Metro Center is the desired color line and is traveling in the desired direction. Coming from uptown by the Zoo or Dupont Circle, one will get off the Red line train upon its arrival at Metro Center.

Courtesy is to allow all exiting passengers off and then proceed toward the center of the car. If the bee-boop is heard before all the passengers are off, if one is comfortable to squeeze, one can, but there is always another train probably less crowded five minutes behind. After the doors close and the train begins motion, Hang On to something!

Then one then listens for the announcement made on the train of each approaching station as the train slows to arrive at it. One can also see out the train's windows to markers on the wall at each station as one arrives to indicate which station the train is at.

When one arrives at their desired final or transfer station, proceed toward the doors, while hanging on as the train slows. The doors will open with a "Bee-Boop" ring, one is also sounded as the doors are closing again.

To exit the station after the trainís arrival at the station, upon exiting the train, one looks up at the signs on the wall with the Station name on them to see to the left and right of the Station name is an arrow with information indicating what is in each direction of the station exits. It will indicate either the street or what Point of Interest the exit is located at. It may instead indicate direction toward the escalators that will take one to the other color line train platforms. One would see the sign stating "To Blue/Orange Lines" as an example of what one would look for upon arriving at Metro Center on the Red line when heading to Smithsonian Station.

Then one either proceeds toward the desired station exit or toward the other desired color rail line if switching lines in a Transfer Station. [From either Dupont Circle or Woodley Park/Adams Morgan Metro stops, the [non-rush hour] base fare is $1.20 one-way I believe for each person to Smithsonian station on the National Mall.]

Be sure to put money in to cover the round trip when initially purchasing the farecard so one's card is returned to the person upon reaching the destination station exit turnstile. This is so one can retain that card and simply insert it when returning or going on somewhere else via METRO after visiting the Mall.

 Since the Woodley Park/Adams Morgan and Smithsonian Station are so popular with out-of-town and sometimes first-time Metro travelers, there can be delays. I suggest purchasing a daily or a multi-day pass to make it easy. Only one purchase needed for your day or entire vacation.

Metro Farecard/Pass

These two passes that might be a better value and certainly easier to utilize than buying a farecard each time one rides:

One Day Pass $5 Valid for one day of unlimited Metrorail travel on weekdays after 9:30 a.m. or all day on Saturdays, Sundays or federal holidays. Pass expires at midnight.

7-Day Short Trip Pass $17.50 Valid for seven consecutive days for Metrorail trips costing up to $1.75 between 5:30-9:30 a.m. and 3-7 p.m. on weekdays.

Pass is valid for any rail trip at other times. If trip costs more than $1.75, it will spit the card out at the exit turnstile and the turnstile will flash and not open it gates. Simply grab the card and proceed back toward the EXITFARE machine. Insert the card and it will tell you how much additional fare is needed. Insert that amount, and the card will be returned. Then proceed to the exit turnstile and it will now retain your card since its value is zero and will open the turnstile to allow your exiting. Pass will be returned for continued use during valid period.

One of the greatest things I like about Washington is its Metro-accessible nature walks:

Cleveland Park station (one stop above the Zoo stop): Exit on east side of Connecticut Ave. Travel 0.2 miles north (right) to Melvin Hazen Park, and follow the foot trail down a wooded ravine beneath beech and oak trees more than 100 feet tall. Watch for wildflowers in spring and for the wood thrush, DC's official bird, throughout warmer months. Woodpeckers are common year round. This 0.5 mile trail connects to trails in Rock Creek Park. To see exotic animals, go 0.4 miles south on Connecticut Ave. to reach the National Zoo. The Zoo connects to Rock Creek Park, making a loop hike of about 3 miles.

Foggy Bottom-GWU station: To reach the Potomac River and Thompson Boat Center, go west (right) 1 block on I St. plaza and left 2 blocks on New Hampshire Ave. Cross Virginia Ave., turn right (NW) and walk 1 block along Virginia Ave. to Rock Creek Parkway. Rent a boat here to see Canada geese and other wildlife along the river and around Roosevelt Island, or take 30th St. north from Thompson's (by the big sundial) to the Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Canal. The towpath leads through the heart of Georgetown and into riverside forest habitat after 0.5 miles. The trail ends 184 miles upstream at Cumberland, MD.

Waterfront station: Go west (right) one block on M St.,SW turn south (left) 0.2 miles on 6th St. and follow the paved walkway to the Washington Channel of the Potomac River. Once polluted and lifeless, the Potomac is now a vibrant, living river. Watch the fish jump, and search the skies for bald eagle, osprey and peregrine falcon. Walk down Water St., SW 0.5 miles to 9th St. Turn right and cross Maine Ave., SW Follow the footpath to the pedestrian walkway along the high bridge over the Channel. Or reach the walkway from the L'Enfant Plaza station. At the far side is East Potomac Park, whose southern tip is Hains Point, 1.5 miles from the bridge. Scan the meeting point of the Potomac and Anacostia rivers during the colder months to see a variety of gulls and waterfowl.

TAXIís:

Description of DC Taxi in's and out's to go along with the attached taxi zone map:

 http://dcpages.ari.net/Travel/Reviews/taxi.shtml

Taxi fares are "within a zone" at about $4.00 or so with a $1.50 or so charge for each additional person riding with a person; tip is customary at 10 to 15 percent if pleased with courtesy of service; cabbie can ask others people along the way if their destination is along with yours, however they must take you first to your destination unless the second fare they picked up is along your way within no more than a three block or so detour. Since no meter is running, your fare remains unchanged. The second fare is charged completely independent of your's and your companions' fare. There are surcharges for hauling travel bags also. If one's destination causes the cab to "cross a zone" as indicated on the taxi zone map that is, by law, posted in every cab, the fare increases accordingly. Outside the city, the fare is determined by distance only as portion of a mile. By law, no cabs with meters are used within DC. There is a zone rate placard posted on the back door windows of every cab. The east and west african cabbies are quite friendly, the middle eastern and south asia guys less jovial but usually still courteous.

Taxi companies I use:

Diamond cab: 202-387-6200

Capitol cab: 202-544-1212

These have more of the old fashioned "real American cabbies" they are the most knowledgeable how to get around the city, the know the short cuts, and for an additional $1.50 or so, they can be radio-dispatched via a telephone call to your door (as opposed to hailing them from the street).

 

Attractions/Shopping Links:

The Washington Post's Visitor's Guide to Washington:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/travel/visitorsguide.htm

 a clickable map of DC:

 http://sc94.ameslab.gov/TOUR/tour.html

 My favorite escape just over the hill from me here in NW DC, Rock Creek Park:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/travel/escapes/090899.htm

 Nearby get-aways close by, sorted by direction out of downtown DC:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/travel/escapes/escapeplans/contents.htm

 St. Michael's on MD's Eastern Shore:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/travel/escapes/041499.htm

 About three hours away is are two ski resorts closer to where I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA:

 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/travel/escapes/020900.htm

DC City pages:

 http://dcpages.ari.net/


http://ontaponline.com/

Some DC webpages of people who have travelled and live here: http://www.VirtualTourist.com/North_America/USA/District_of_Columbia/?s=@950965724-9055

Article about the Atlantic Ocean Beaches many DC residents take to 2.5 hours away:

 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/style/beach/front.htm

DC Museum guide on Wash Post.com:

 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/entertainment/museums.htm

DC Restaurant guide on Wash Post.com:

 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/entertainment/restaurants.htm

DC visitor's page for bicycling:

 http://bikewashington.org/

Night Tours you decide to take, like the US Capitol's and

 the US Naval Observatory's: http://www.usno.navy.mil/tour_info.shtml

A Spring tradition in DC, the cherry blossoms:

http://www.nps.gov/cherry/history.htm

NPS Rock Creek Park Nature Center and planetarium:

http://www.nps.gov/rocr/naturecenter/

White House tours:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/life/

House of Reps visitor site:

http://www.house.gov/house/Visitor.html

Visit the US Senate:

http://www.senate.gov/visiting/index.html

Points of interest in and around DC:

http://www.house.gov/house/tour_dc.html

A witty, candid page for young professionals that is right on the money in its discussions about DC neighborhoods:

http://www.angelfire.com/hi/rsch/dc.html

Antiquing:

http://DCpages.com/Shopping/Antiques/

The National Arboretum (on the way out to NASA GSFC from downtown on New York Ave in DC):

 http://www.ars-grin.gov/ars/Beltsville/na/

Birding around DC:

http://www.dcaudubon.org/birding.shtml

 

 


NASA Goddard SFC is located about 15 miles Northeast of downtown DC.

Here's a map to and On-site GSFC

 Here's GSFC's  phone contacts

Driving, the exit (GSFC Gate #3), marked "NASA/GSFC-Employees Only" directly off of the Baltimore/Washington "B/W" Parkway. It is directly is assessable with a NASA Civil Servant badge. To use Gate #3, Contractors must first obtain a Multi-day Contractor/Official Visitor Badge given at Gate #1.

Gate #1, the NASA GSFC "Main Gate" is located one exit further south on the Parkway traveling southbound (in the direction "from" the Baltimore-Washington International "BWI" airport) at MD 193 Greenbelt Road East exit off of the Baltimore/Washington "B/W" Parkway.

NASA GSFC is about 30 minutes south of the BWI Airport on the Baltimore/Washington Parkway. From the BWI Airport exit, take the South "B/W Parkway" exit of MD 295 toward Washington a mile or so west of the BWI Airport Exit to head toward GSFC.

Downtown DC is about 15 miles from GSFC. I travel into DC from Goddard using the B/W parkway, taking the right exit for U.S. 50 westbound marked "Downtown Washington."

Commuting to GSFC from downtown DC: NASA GSFC is about twenty to 25 minutes away from my neighborhood in downtown DC. This is because I do the "reverse commute" - I travel from downtown DC out to the suburbs in the morning. The much larger traffic volume heads into the city in the morning.

Driving from my neighborhood, one proceeds east along U Street, NW from 18th Street, NW. At 9th street, NW, U Street runs into and becomes Florida Avenue, NW. One proceeds eastbound along Florida Avenue, NW where it crosses North Capitol Street and becomes Florida Avenue, NE. The U.S. Capitol is the centerpoint of DC. the four quadrants, NW, NE, SW, SE extend from it. Continuing along Florida Avenue, NE, one then approaches New York Avenue, NE a couple blocks east of North Capitol street. This intersection has a large orange building on your left as you face eastbound, this is a FEDEX distribution facility. On oneís right is a Wendy's Restaurant. One then crosses New York Avenue and proceeds to then take a right 270-degree turn as marked by the small sign indicating "New York Avenue Eastbound" into the right turn loop onto New York Avenue, NE.

You know you missed the turn "loop" if you go under an underpass that is the AMTRAK lines about 75 yards further. Simply perform a U-turn at the next light to get back in the correct direction. The correct direction is to proceed on New York Avenue/Rt 50 East.

After doing the loop-turn from Florida avenue, NE, one continues on New York Avenue, NE/Route 50 East for about four miles or so, past the Washington Times Newspaper factory that has a flashing sign indicating time and temperature

In about 3/4 mile take the left exit to proceed Northbound onto the B/W Parkway north toward Baltimore to exit either at the exit onto Greenbelt Road MD 193 East toward the GSFC Main Gate #1 for contractor multi-day pass badging. If one has a civil servant's badge or the GSFC Multi-day badge, one can instead continue one further exit north up the B/W Parkway to the exit for "GSFC-Employees Only" (Gate #3) directly off the B/W Parkway.

NASA HQ info:

Downtown DC is also home to NASA HQ.  Prior to my work at GSFC, I provided three years contractor support at NASA HQ with McDonnell Douglas to the Code M Shuttle Manifest office in support to Mr. Bruce Luna (now at JSC) and Mr. Dan Hedin (former JSC employee), so I am very familiar with how to get to NASA HQ also.

Here's a map of where NASA HQ is located just south of the National Mall in SW DC, 5 blocks south of the Air and Space Museum

NASA HQ via the Metro subway

 

 

 Downtown Baltimore's Inner Harbor, Little Italy and Fells Point and quaint Federal Hill neighborhoods are located close together about 12 miles north of the BWI Airport on the B/W Parkway:

Travelling Northbound on the B/W Parkway (MD 295) from the BWI airport, it runs directly into downtown Baltimore. Historic and appealing Annapolis, MD is located on the Chesapeake Bay about 35-50 minutes East of NASA GSFC on US Route 50. It is a small wonderfully historic town with a nice walk along the docks.

Alexandria, VA is essentially a slower-paced version of the historic Georgetown neighborhood in DC. "Old town" Alexandria, VA has a couple of the large-chain hotels that would probably have reasonable prices and still have good walking access to sightseeing, shopping and the Metro subway. Alexandria, Va is ten miles down river of Washington, DC and is about 40-55 minutes from NASA GSFC which is approximately fifteen miles to the Northeast of downtown DC just outside of Washington, DC's Capital Beltway in Greenbelt, MD.



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