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D.C. HELP PLEASE! Which Metro trains & bus routes in order to do this...?

D.C. HELP PLEASE! Which Metro trains & bus routes in order to do this...?

Old Jun 28th, 2011, 03:52 PM
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D.C. HELP PLEASE! Which Metro trains & bus routes in order to do this...?

We are leaving tomorrow for just a few days in Annapolis (Naval Academy Induction) & then on to DC. I already know to park at the LARGO TOWN CENTER station to take the Metro to DC so we won't have to drive all the way.

BUT where do I want to get off the Metro in order to go to the Smithsonian Museums? Which STOP and which BUS LINES do we use?

We plan to see the Spy Museum, Newseum, and Air/Space. Maybe Crime/Punishment(?).

But as I have two elderly parents with I'd like to know ahead of time how best to route-out the day and which stops and trains or buses to look out for.

Any advice? Much appreciated!
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Old Jun 28th, 2011, 04:04 PM
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We visited DC last year for a couple of days and stayed in Arlington, VA at a Sheraton. We got a great rate through hotels.com.

We were nervous about using the Metro for the first time but it is really quite easy. The station stops are well marked. We went to Smithsonian also. I don't remember the stops but when you get to the metro you should find someone there to assist you. You purchase your tickets through a machine. There was an attendant there who came over to the machines and helped us purchase our tickets and which stop to get off at. It's really quite easy. My husband and I are seniors also so if we could do it anybody can. LOL Have a great day. Smithsonian is awesome. We did the National History Museum also and loved that.
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Amtrak has a stop at BWI airport which is about 18 miles from Annapolis. About 31 Amtrak trains go from BWI to WAS everyday.
The Acela trains take 7 less minutes from BWI to WAS which does not justify the extra fare IMHO.
Union Station is on top of a major METRO station. Are you staying in the city or just going to DC for a day trip.
You probably need to find a bus from Annapolis to BWI.
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Old Jun 28th, 2011, 04:22 PM
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Keep in mind "The Smithsonian" is actually a group of museums that include Air & Space (both on the Mall and Udvar-Hazy near Dulles airport), Natural History, American History, American Art, and American Indian to name a few. Go to www.si.edu/museums to see which Metro stop is closest to the museum(s) you would most like to visit. The websites for the Newseum, the Spy Museum, and the Museum of Crime and Punishment will give you maps with the closest Metro stations along with operating hours.
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Largo Town Center is the last stop on the Blue Line in Maryland. You can take the train all the way to the Smithsonian station which will get you 5-7 minutes walking distance to:

Smithsonian - at the west end of the mall, closest to Washington Monument, American and Natural History museums, Holocaust Museum, Printing and Engraving

Other station stops in the vicinity will get you slightly closer to these places:

L'Enfant Plaza - Air & Space Museum

Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Qtr = very close to Newseum, Archives & Navy Memorial. Probably the closet stop to National Gallery of Art (and you can go from east to west wing indoors)

Gallery Place - spitting distance from National Portrait Gallery/American Art, Spy Museum, Building Museum

All the places you mentioned are very walkable although I get it that your parents are elderly and the heat has been fairly brutal lately. Take a look at the metro map. It's not very complicated but check google maps too b/c the walking distance can be shorter. Also check the Metro website for planned maintenance and outages for escalators and elevators.
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Old Jun 28th, 2011, 05:54 PM
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The Metro system web site has a trip planner that should help you answer your questions. See:

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The Archives/Navy Memorial and the Gallery Place metro stops are on the Green/Yellow line. You would have to get off the Blue line train at L'Enfant Plaza and hop on a green or yellow train. to get to them.

All trains are designated by a color, and the name of their final destination. Thus, the train you get on at Largo Center to get downtown will be labeled as the "Franconia-Springfield" train. At L'Enfant Plaza, catch a green or yellow train heading toward either Fort Totten or Greenbelt. The Archives stop is the first stop you will come to; Gallery Place is the second.

Another great website is:


Click on the colorful icon next to "Metrorail System Map". This will bring up a nice , general map of the system. Then, clicking on the individual station name on this map will bring up a very detailed map of that particular station including the specific locations of regular entrances (black boxes with white arrows), elevator entrances (bold, black "U" shaped symbols), and the names of buildings and attractions around that metro station.
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Don't hesitate to hail a taxi to shuttle you six or eight blocks if the elders are wilting in the heat. Fares would probably be in the $10 range for a party of 4 to travel a mile in standard traffic (Metro fare x4 would be $7ish).
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You might take the Orange Line at New Carrollton instead of the Blue Line at Largo. It is a more direct route from Annapolis as it sits just north of Route 50.
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