Who says you need a car to get where you want to go? As Washington, DC’s coolest neighbor, we know a thing or two about ditching those four wheels for a quick trip into the nation’s capital. And no, it doesn’t involve walking the five miles from Old Town (though of course, that’s an option). With events like the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the fireworks on the National Mall just on the horizon, finding a way into the city that avoids hunting for a parking space is crucial. Here are the top ways to get into Washington, DC from Alexandria that don’t require a car.
1. Water taxi
Getting to DC by water? Surfs up! The Potomac Riverboat Company offers a leisurely water taxi service to the National Mall, docking just steps from the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial and featuring some seriously gorgeous riverside views along the way.
Perhaps the crowd favorite, the DC Metrorail system takes riders into and out of Washington, DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland. Take the free King Street Trolley to the King St-Old Town station or pick up the Metrorail from any of Alexandria’s other three stations (Braddock Road, Van Dorn Street and Eisenhower Ave) and in just fifteen minutes, you’ll find yourself in the nation’s capital.
Travel is meant to get your heart pumping, right? Cycle on up the Mount Vernon Trail, which winds just along the Potomac River, and go north across the 14th Street Bridge into DC. In just about forty minutes, you’ll be at the National Mall!
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Photos by Potomac Riverboat Co. and Jenny Markley