Washington is served by three airports and an AMTRAK train station. Washington Reagan National is by far the closest airport to downtown DC and the only airport that is served by METRO.

Getting to and from Washington, DC:


Commuting around Washington, DC:

  • The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority operates Metrorail and Metrobus service that serve Washington, Virginia and Maryland. The university participates in the University Pass Program (U-Pass), which allows unlimited access to metrorails and metrobuses throughout the semester for fulltime students. This will be included in your program fees and should be a main source of transportation.
  • The DC Circulator buses offer routes through various areas of DC including a bus that travels from Capitol Hill to Georgetown.
  •  Capital Bikeshare


Getting to know DC Neighborhoods:

  •  Downtown, located between the Capitol and White House north of Pennsylvania Avenue, is a newly revitalized district with the Convention and MCI Centers, theaters, restaurants, hotels, and stores
  •  Dupont Circle is a vibrant neighborhood adjacent to downtown, home to many shops, restaurants and private art galleries
  •  Georgetown, located west of Dupont Circle, is a famous historic district, partly residential and partly commercial, home to Georgetown University and hugely popular nightlife, restaurants, and shopping
  • Adams-Morgan, is northeast of Dupont Circle up 18th Street and is famous for its eclectic nightlife and wide array of ethnic eateries
  •  Kalorama, located northwest of Dupont Circle along Massachusetts Avenue’s embassy row (Washington’s ambassadorial quarter) is full of beautiful mansions and handsome town houses
  • Foggy Bottom, south of Dupont Circle, is home to George Washington University, the Kennedy Center, and many international organizations, including the World Bank and State Department
  •  Cleveland Park and Woodley Park comprise the Connecticut Avenue corridor, which is home to many shops and restaurants. The National Zoo and Washington National Cathedral are found in these neighborhoods
  • Alexandria, Virginia, with its beautiful water-front Old Town, is a historically preserved district with tons of shopping and nightlife, easily accessible by the metro.

Historic Sites and Monuments

 A previous intern stated that if you are not getting along with your roommates, chances are you are spending too much time in the house! Take time to visit some of Washington's historic sites and monuments.

  • The National Mall holds most of the top sights: The Washington Monument; the Lincoln, Jefferson, and Roosevelt Memorials; the Vietnam and Korean Memorials, and much more.
  • The US Capitol, its associated buildings, and surrounding grounds offer up lots of history. Across the street are the three buildings of the Library of Congress as well as the Supreme Court.
  • Arlington, Virginia hosts a large number of sights, especially Arlington National Cemetery with its Veteran’s memorials, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Kennedy grave sites, Iwo Jima Memorial, and Carillon. The Pentagon is also nearby.

Other historic sites to visit:

National Archives

Bureau of Printing and Engraving

Ford’s Theater and Lincoln Museum

Dumbarton Oaks

Hillwood Museum and Garden

Tudor Place Historic House

The Octagon House

Washington National Cathedral

National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

US Naval Observatory

Mount Vernon

Museums and Galleries

The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum, education, and research complex. All Smithsonian museums are free and open to the public. To see special events, museum, and zoo hours click here

The Smithsonian:

Anacostia Museum

Freer Gallery and Sackler Gallery

Hirschorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

National Air and Space Museum

National Museum of African Art

National Museum of American History

National Museum of the American Indian

National Museum of Natural History

National Portrait Gallery

National Postal Museum

National Zoological Park

American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery

Other Museums in DC:


Holocaust Museum

National Building Museum

International Spy Museum

DC Art Museums:

National Gallery of Art

Phillips Collection

Corcoran Gallery of Art

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Kreeger Museum

Galleries of Dupont Circle