PLANNING YOUR TRAVEL TO WASHINGTON DC

PLANNING YOUR TRAVEL TO WASHINGTON DC

Learn about transportation options to make your way to the nation’s capital. Discover the best ways to travel like a local in and around the city. DC has one of the safest, cleanest and most efficient transportation systems in the world.

• Arriving into DC as either the first entry point into the United States or as a stop on your itinerary is convenient, with (3) major airports servicing the area.

• Amtrak, our train system, is the ideal solution, with trains that run every hour from New York Penn Station to DC’s Union Station, including early morning and late-night departures.

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BY AIR

Airport

Arriving into DC as either the first entry point into the United States or as a stop on your itinerary is convenient, with (3) major airports servicing the area.

  • Dulles International Airport, or IAD is the main airport for international travel arrivals.
    • Dulles is located approximately 45 minutes outside of the city in Virginia
    • By the end of 2020, the Washington, DC rail system, the Metro, will connect Dulles to the downtown area on the Silver Line, doing away with the need for taxi or rideshare service.
  • Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI), is the alternate airport for international arrivals.
    • located a few minutes outside of Baltimore, Maryland.
    • It again is about 45 minutes outside the downtown DC area and
    • has an option for travelers to use Amtrak or regional rail lines to get to Union Station.
  • Reagan National Airport, or DCA, is the closest to downtown DC
    • It is our primary domestic airport and has a terminal for Air Canada
    • DCA is connected to the Metro system on the Yellow Line. Travelers can get to downtown DC via rail, taxi or ride share, all within 20 minutes.
    • The airport is currently undergoing renovations, with an addition of an American Airlines terminal. This is expected to be complete in 2021.

BY RAIL AND BY BUS

Railways

Amtrak, our train system, is the ideal solution, with trains that run every hour from New York Penn Station to DC’s Union Station, including early morning and late-night departures.

Amtrak offers two types of services:

  • Acela, which is the fast train (2:45 min journey)
  • Regional, which is about a 30 min longer journey

Bus transportation is also a widely used option between the popular cities that line the East Coast.

  • This journey takes around 4.5 hours.
  • This is a cost-effective option as you can purchase tickets starting as low as 30$ one way.

Whether your guest travel by train or by bus, they will arrive or depart from the main transportation hub in DC, Union Station

  • Union Station is not just the main central rail station for DC; it’s also the hub for most of the sightseeing tour departures
  • You can find a great array of food and shopping options for your last-minute gifts
  • Union Station also features its own Metro stop and plenty of taxis awaiting as you exit for easy transport.

 

BY METRO

 

Washington, DC has an extensive commuter rail system called the Metro. 

  • It consists of (6) lines, color-coded, that all travel through the downtown area.
  • You can reach all major attractions on the Metro rail system.
  • Travelers can purchase passes in advance or once they arrive in DC
  • The system uses a SmarTrip card, which is a reusable and reloadable card. Station machines take both cash and credit cards.
  • Travelers can add money as needed, one ride is usually around $3, but one-day passes are also available for $14.75 per day.

THE CIRCULATOR BUS

The Circulator Bus, pictured here, is a great resource for visitors.

  • There are several lines that snake their way through the city, able to take passengers from the downtown area to many of the DC neighborhoods.
  • The Circulator Bus makes less frequent stops than a regular metro bus and only costs $1.
  • If using the SmarTrip card, guests can hop-on/hop-off as many times as they want within a 2-hour time frame.
  • The most popular route is along the National Mall. This route takes guests from Union Station, around the Smithsonian Museums, to all the popular monuments/memorials, and the US Capitol.

BIKES AND SCOOTERS

For those that want to move a bit faster, there are a ton of options for bike rentals and scooters.

  • Biking in DC is definitely one of the best ways to see the city, as the city has expanded bike lanes and most of the area is flat.
    • Capital Bikeshare allows guests to rent a bike from a dock and pay onsite for a few hours or an entire day.
    • A full day costs around $7.
    • Biking in DC is definitely one of the best ways to see the city, as the city has expanded bike lanes and most of the area is flat.
  • Electric scooters are another excellent and fun way to get around the city.
    • These can be found scattered along DC sidewalks and can be unlocked through their various apps, including Lyft, Uber, Lime, and Bird.
    • Scooters are generally 1 dollar to unlock plus 25 cents per minute of your ride.

WATER TAXIS

The city has two main waterfronts, Georgetown Harbor and The Wharf. Each waterfront provides sightseeing tours, kayaking, paddle boating, and access to the Water Taxi.

  • The water taxi is a high-speed commuter boat that seats a little over 100 guests.
  • This is a great option to avoid traveling through the downtown area during rush hour.
  • The taxis connect the DC waterfronts with National Harbor in Maryland and Old Town Alexandria in Virginia.
  • Taxis are out of service between January and February and they operate additional runs during the summer months.
  • They also don’t operate on Thanksgiving and on Christmas day.

 

2 NIGHTS WASHINGTON, DC

DAY 1

  • ? Stroll along the National Mall (visit the Monuments / Memorials / Museums along) –
    • FREE TIP: pick and choose those of interest or visit the Smithsonian Visitor Centre that will guide you on a selection of Transportation options include a walking tour with USA Guided Tour, or the iconic red Big Bus, or Bike & Roll for the young at heart, or the historic Old Town Trolley or the fancy new Electric Cars COST
  • ? Lunch in one of the museums’ cafeterias TIP: Recommend a bite at the National Museum of the American Indian and the Capitol Building
  • ? Guided tour of the Capitol Building FREE
  • ? Catch a musical or a performance at the iconic Ford’s Theatre or National Theatre or at the JFK Centre for Performing Arts with their daily free 6pm show
  • ? Enjoy dinner in Downtown DC or grab a cocktail at an amazing rooftop bar TIP: Top of Gate at The Watergate Hotel for a 360-degree view!

Overnight Stay

DAY 2 

  • ? Visit the National Gallery of Art to see a 141,000-piece collection of Western Art from the Middle Ages to the present FREE
  • ? Join a walking food tour of historic U Street (including the famous Ben’s Chili Bowl) with DC Metro or Food Tours, Carpe DC Food and, Tours or Urban Adventures Food Tours .
  • ? Be a part of the fan-thrill at a Sports Game at the Capital One Arena or Nationals Park, depending on the season .
  • ? Dinner in Dupont Circle or at one of the many food stands located in our sports arenas

Overnight Stay

DAY 3

  • ? Head to Georgetown for breakfast and walking. Shop on Georgetown’s famous M Street.
  • ? Take a water taxi to the Wharf. Eat fresh seafood at the Wharf’s Municipal Fish Market. 
  • ? Visit the fun museums nearby, options include the International Spy Museum USD 23 and Artechouse USD 15
  • ? Enjoy dinner at one of our many Michelin-starred restaurants. TIP: Craving Indian food, then dine at one of our 6 Indian entries in the Michelin Guide 2020 – Punjab Grill
  • ? Experience DC’s nightlife at one of the many nearby neighborhood bars

Overnight stay

 

Add-ons to the above itinerary:

  • Cruise on the Potomac River
  • Whiskey or Brewery Tour 
  • Experience Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens.

6 NIGHTS – 7 DAYS : NEW YORK – WASHINGTON – NIAGARA FALLS

Eastern Elegance

 

6 Nights – 7 Days : New York – Washington – Niagara Falls

 

Day 01: Arrive New York

Welcome to the “Big Apple,” the “City That Never Sleeps”. On arrival you will be transferred to the Hotel. The day is free at leisure to explore the city on your own. Overnight stay in New York.

 

Day 02: New York City Tour

Breakfast at hotel and proceed for New York City tour with entrance to Empire State Building & Statue of Liberty Ferry Ride on Seat in Coach basis.

Highlights of the tour: Statue of Liberty Express One hour, Non-stop Cruise (Ferry Ticket Only), Empire State Building’s 86th floor Observatory (Admission Included), Rockfeller Center/St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Ground Zero/WTC/911 Memorial, etc. Overnight stay in New York.

               

Day 03: New York – Washington

Breakfast at the Hotel.  Depart to Washington DC the Capital of the United States of America and a Guide to the Historic Neighbourhoods and Monuments. Other than the federal government, tourism is DC`s biggest industry. The city attracts almost twenty million visitors each year. Arrive Washington, transfer to the Hotel. The day is free at leisure. Overnight in Washington.

 

Day 04: Washington City Tour

After breakfast proceed to Union Station for Washington DC city tour on Seat in Coach basis.

The most famous sights in Washington DC are the stars of this tour of the US capital. Tour the Capitol Building and visit the White House’s south lawn and visitor centre. Spend time at the Smithsonian Museums, before heading to the World War II and Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. memorials in addition to much more in between.

Throughout the trip you see much of DC’s finest monuments and structures including: the FBI Building, Federal Triangle, Ellipse, Tidal Basin, National Archives, Washington Monument, House and Senate Office Building, National Gallery of Art, and Grant Memorial. Enjoy lunch at your leisure at one of the stops.

 

Day 05: Washington – Buffalo – USA Side Niagara Falls

Check out from hotel and we transfer you to airport for flight to Buffalo. On arrival we transfer to Niagara the town of the world famous falls, which forms one of the natural wonders of the World. Transfer to Niagara Falls. The evening is free at leisure. Overnight stay in Niagara Falls.

 

Day 06: Niagara Falls Discovery Pass

What else can be a better way than Niagara Discovery Pass to explore the Niagara Falls.

Discovery Pass allows admission to Maid of the Mist, Cave of the Winds, Niagara Adventure Theater, Gorge Discovery Centre & Aquarium of Niagara.

 

 Day 07: Departure from Niagara – Buffalo.

After breakfast, transfer to the Buffalo Airport fly back home or to the next destination.

 

 

Package Includes

  • 06 Night’s Accommodation with breakfast as per mentioned or similar
  • Guided City tour of New York with entrance to Empire State Building & Statue of Liberty ferry Ride only on Seat in Coach basis
  • Guided Washington city tour on Seat in Coach basis
  • Niagara Discovery Pass
  • New York Airport / Hotel transfers on Seat in Coach basis
  • New York Hotel / Coach Station Transfers on Private basis
  • One way Coach Ticket New York to Washington
  • Washington Coach Station / Hotel transfers on Private basis
  • Washington Hotel / Airport transfers on Seat in Coach Basis
  • Buffalo Airport / Niagara Hotel round trip transfers on Private basis

Accommodation

City NightsHotel nameServices
New York2Hampton Inn Times Square or SimilarBed & Breakfast
Washington2Hampton Inn Washington DC Noma or SimilarBed & Breakfast
Niagara2Comfort Inn the Pointe or SimilarBed & Breakfast

 

 

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