SUBWAY: The Washington metro system, popularly known as Metro, is clean and easy to use. Prices vary depending on travel time and distance. You can buy a one-day Metrorail Pass for $ 6.50. If you are staying for several days, consider purchasing a SmarTrip rechargeable card.
While subway stations are equipped with escalators and elevators, it is best to travel unhindered. At rush hour, metro trains are extremely crowded. You can only come to the station so that both the elevator and escalators do not work.
BUS: The Metrobus system in Washington DC covers the entire city. The usual bus fare is USD 1.25, and express – USD 3.00. You must pay for the trip with an exact change, SmarTrip card or bus pass. One-day passes cost $ 3.00 and are valid on all regular buses. If you take the express bus, you will pay an additional fee of USD 1.75.
The DC Circulator bus will take you to many popular attractions for just $ 1.00. One route circles the shopping center, passing the Washington Monument and Smithsonian Museums (only on weekends). The next one will take you from Union Station to the always fashionable Georgetown district. The third navigation leads between the Convention Center and the Southwest Waterfront. You can pay for travel on board the circular bus (only exact change), get tickets for multi-space meters on the circulator route or use the SmarTrip card. The one-day ticket costs only $ 3.00.
Spend the afternoon wandering among the presidential and war monuments. Climb the Washington Monument (tickets are free, but ticket reservations are small) and look down at the mall's winding paths, waving flags and colorful flowers. Walk along the Veterans Memorial Site and see the loving tributes that guests left at the wall. (Metro stops: Capitol South, L & # 39; Enfant Plaza, Smithsonian, Foggy Bottom / GWU)
Smithsonian Institution Museums
Sixteen Smithsonian museums present every aspect of American life, from prehistory to the space age, and they are all free. The National Museum of Aviation and Space contains the Wright Leaflet, the Holy Spirit of Louis and many other famous planes and spacecraft. The National Museum of Natural History will delight lovers of dinosaurs, precious stones and animals. If you're an art lover, visit the American Art Museum, the recently renovated National Portrait Gallery or the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, which features contemporary art. The National Museum of American History is closed until September 2008 (Metro: Smithsonian or L & # 39; Enfant Plaza)
This famous zoo is best known for its giant pandas. Zoo & # 39; s Asia Trail combines seven Asian animal species in newly built habitats. The great pandas and their young, Tai Shan, are the stars of the Trail. The zoo is also a great place for a picnic. (Metro: Woodley Park-Zoo)
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