SPNHC99 TRAVEL INFORMATION
The capital of the United States, Washington, DC is a thriving city with much to see and do, from arts and heritage to sports and recreation. Washington, DC is easily accessible by rail, bus or air. In late June you can expect hot, sunny days with warm nights. Daily temperatures range on average from 19°C (66.5°F) to 31°C (88°F).
WARNING: due to the proximity to the July 4th weekend, this will be a busy time in DC. Book your hotel and travel reservations early. If you intend to stay over for the July 4th weekend (there is a great fireworks display on the National Mall!), book very early.
Washington, DC is served by three airports: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, and Baltimore-Washington International Airport.
- Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Located just south of Washington, DC and accessible by a short ride on the Metrorail's blue and yellow lines. Shuttle buses and Washington Flyer Express buses are also available for a fee of $8.00 one way, and taxi fare to Downtown is $12-15. For Washington Flyer information call (800) 2FLYER2
- Washington Dulles International Airport
26 miles west of Washington, DC. Washington Flyer Express bus service is available to Metrorail or Downtown, departing every 45 minutes, 1 hour transit time for a fee of $16.00. Taxi fare to Downtown is about $40.00. For Washington Flyer information call (800) 2FLYER2
- Baltimore-Washington International Airport
Located northeast of Washington, DC. Rail trains available to Washington's Union Station. Super Shuttle bus to 15th & K Streets every hour for a fee of $21.00 one way. Taxi fare to downtown approximately $45.00. For Super Shuttle call (800) 258-3826
(202) 906-4971; (800) USA-RAIL
Union Station is a short Metrorail ride from the National Mall.
Washington is encircled by the Capital Beltway, formed by Interstates I-495 and I-95. Interstate 66 leads from Washington, DC west to Virginia. Interstate 50 heads east to Annapolis, MD, the Chesapeake Bay and the beaches, and west to Virginia. Interstate 95 heads north to Baltimore, MD, Philadelphia, PA, and New York, NY, and south to Richmond, VA and Florida. Interstate 270 heads north to Frederick, MD.
Washington, DC and the metro area is extremely accessible by the clean, safe Metro service. Metrorail and Metrobus are convenient to just about all of Washington's most popular places. Metro stations open at 5:30 am weekdays and at 8:00 am weekends and holidays. Metro closes at midnight. Fares depend on when and how far you travel, with the base fare being $1.10. One day passes with unlimited rides cost $5.00.