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To get to D.C. from the airport:
 
To get to D.C. from the airport:
 
* '''[http://wmata.com/ WMATA]''' operates Metrorail service to the airport via the Blue and Yellow lines. The trip to the [[Washington, D.C./East End|East End]] takes approximately 15 minutes and costs approximately $3. Hours of operation are generally M-Th: 5AM-11:30PM, F: 5AM-1AM, Sa: 7AM-1AM, and Su: 7AM-11PM
 
* '''[http://wmata.com/ WMATA]''' operates Metrorail service to the airport via the Blue and Yellow lines. The trip to the [[Washington, D.C./East End|East End]] takes approximately 15 minutes and costs approximately $3. Hours of operation are generally M-Th: 5AM-11:30PM, F: 5AM-1AM, Sa: 7AM-1AM, and Su: 7AM-11PM
* '''[http://uber.com/ Uber]''' shared rides generally cost under $10 to the [[Washington, D.C./East End|East End]].
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* '''[https://www.wmata.com/schedules/timetables/ Metrobus 13Y]''' operates between the airport and the [[Washington, D.C./East End|East End]] on weekends from 5:30AM to 7:30AM, when there is no Metrorail service.
 
* '''Taxi''' service to the [[Washington, D.C./East End|East End]] takes approximately 10 minutes and costs about $15.
 
* '''Taxi''' service to the [[Washington, D.C./East End|East End]] takes approximately 10 minutes and costs about $15.
  
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* '''[https://www.boltbus.com/ BoltBus]''', ☎ +1 877-265-8287. Operates service to/from [[New York City]] and [[Newark (New Jersey)|Newark]], [[New Jersey]]; Pickup/dropoff at Union Station. Fares range from $1-45 depending on advance purchase and departure time.
 
* '''[https://www.boltbus.com/ BoltBus]''', ☎ +1 877-265-8287. Operates service to/from [[New York City]] and [[Newark (New Jersey)|Newark]], [[New Jersey]]; Pickup/dropoff at Union Station. Fares range from $1-45 depending on advance purchase and departure time.
 
* '''[https://www.easternshuttle.com/ Eastern Shuttle]''', ☎ +1 212-244-6132. Operates service to/from Penn Station and Allen St in [[New York City]] ($21 weekday, $25 weekend). Pickup/dropoff in D.C. is at 715 H St NW, near the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metrorail station in the [[Washington, D.C./East End|East End]], with limited pickups from [[Rockville]].  
 
* '''[https://www.easternshuttle.com/ Eastern Shuttle]''', ☎ +1 212-244-6132. Operates service to/from Penn Station and Allen St in [[New York City]] ($21 weekday, $25 weekend). Pickup/dropoff in D.C. is at 715 H St NW, near the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metrorail station in the [[Washington, D.C./East End|East End]], with limited pickups from [[Rockville]].  
* '''[https://www.gotobus.com/focus-travel-inc/bus-routes/ Focus Travel Bus]''', ☎ +1 215-625-7999. Operates service to/from [[New York City]] ($20). Pickup/dropoff at 513 H St NW, near the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metrorail station in the [[Washington, D.C./East End|East End]].
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* '''[https://www.gotobus.com/focus-travel-inc/ Focus Travel Bus]''', ☎ +1 215-625-7999. Operates service to/from [[New York City]] ($21). Pickup/dropoff at 513 H St NW, near the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metrorail station in the [[Washington, D.C./East End|East End]].
* '''[https://www.gobuses.com/ Go Buses]''', ☎ +1 855-888-7160. Operates service to/from [[New York City]] 5 days per week. $20 on weekdays, $22 on weekends with advance purchase. Pickup/dropoff at L'Enfant Plaza in D.C., Alexandria, Manassas, and Vienna in Virginia, and 450 West 30th Street in [[New York City]]. Power outlets. Free water.
 
 
* '''[https://www.greyhound.com/ Greyhound]''', ☎ +1 800-231-2222. Operates service to/from almost every major city in the United States. Pickup/dropoff at Union Station. Fares to [[New York City]] range from $11 if purchased in advance on the internet to $45 on the departure date. There are other Greyhound stations located in [[Silver Spring]] and [[Arlington (Virginia)|Arlington]], with limited service.
 
* '''[https://www.greyhound.com/ Greyhound]''', ☎ +1 800-231-2222. Operates service to/from almost every major city in the United States. Pickup/dropoff at Union Station. Fares to [[New York City]] range from $11 if purchased in advance on the internet to $45 on the departure date. There are other Greyhound stations located in [[Silver Spring]] and [[Arlington (Virginia)|Arlington]], with limited service.
* '''[https://us.megabus.com/ Megabus]''', ☎ +1 877-462-6342. Operates service between Washington D.C. and over 20 cities including [[New York City]], [[Baltimore]], [[Boston]], [[Toronto]], [[Philadelphia]], [[Buffalo]], [[Pittsburgh]], [[Charlotte]], and [[Atlanta]]. Fares start at $1 when reserved far in advance. Pickup/dropoff at Union Station. Power outlets. Wheelchair accessible.
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* '''[https://us.megabus.com/ Megabus]''', ☎ +1 877-462-6342. Operates service between Washington DC and 20 major cities including [[New York City]], [[Baltimore]], [[Boston]], [[Toronto]], [[Philadelphia]], [[Buffalo]], [[Pittsburgh]], [[Charlotte]], and [[Atlanta]]. Fares start at $1 when reserved far in advance. Pickup/dropoff at Union Station. Power outlets. Wheelchair accessible.  
* '''[https://ourbus.com/ Our Bus]''', ☎ +1 844 800-6828. Operates service to/from [[New York City]], [[New Jersey]], and [[Philadelphia]]. Fares to [[New York City]] range from $11 if purchased in advance on the internet to $45 on the departure date. Pickup/dropoff at Union Station. Dropoff in New York at the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
 
 
* '''[https://peterpanbus.com/ Peter Pan]''', ☎ +1 800-343-9999. Operates service to/from [[New York City]], with onward connections to several cities in New England. Fares to [[New York City]] range from $11 if purchased in advance on the internet to $45 on the departure date. Pickup/dropoff at Union Station.  
 
* '''[https://peterpanbus.com/ Peter Pan]''', ☎ +1 800-343-9999. Operates service to/from [[New York City]], with onward connections to several cities in New England. Fares to [[New York City]] range from $11 if purchased in advance on the internet to $45 on the departure date. Pickup/dropoff at Union Station.  
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* '''[http://royaltraveler.com/ Royal Traveler]''', operates 2 daily luxurious 8-seater buses between Washington and New York. The cost is $95 each way, but the services include comfortable seats with plenty of leg room, seven-inch flat screen monitors with DirecTV at every seat and bottles of water. Pickup/dropoff in DC in near the Foggy Bottom and Friendship Heights Metrorail stations. The stop in New York is at 61st Street & Park Ave.
 
* '''[https://www.tripperbus.com/ Tripper Bus]''' ☎ +1 877-826-3874. Operates service to/from Penn Station in [[New York City]]. Pickup/dropoff near the Metrorail station in [[Bethesda]], [[Maryland]] and the Rosslyn Metrorail station in [[Arlington (Virginia)|Arlington]], [[Virginia]]. $27 one way with discounts possible for advance purchase. Power outlets. Free one-way ticket with every 6 tickets purchased.
 
* '''[https://www.tripperbus.com/ Tripper Bus]''' ☎ +1 877-826-3874. Operates service to/from Penn Station in [[New York City]]. Pickup/dropoff near the Metrorail station in [[Bethesda]], [[Maryland]] and the Rosslyn Metrorail station in [[Arlington (Virginia)|Arlington]], [[Virginia]]. $27 one way with discounts possible for advance purchase. Power outlets. Free one-way ticket with every 6 tickets purchased.
 
* '''[https://www.vamoosebus.com/ Vamoose Bus]''', ☎ +1 301-718-0036. Operates service to/from Penn Station in [[New York City]]. Pickup/dropoff near the Metro stations in [[Bethesda]] and [[Arlington (Virginia)|Rosslyn]]. $30-40. Free one-way ticket with every $120 spent. Operates a "Gold Bus" once per day which features large leather seats with plenty of legroom ($60 each way). Power outlets.
 
* '''[https://www.vamoosebus.com/ Vamoose Bus]''', ☎ +1 301-718-0036. Operates service to/from Penn Station in [[New York City]]. Pickup/dropoff near the Metro stations in [[Bethesda]] and [[Arlington (Virginia)|Rosslyn]]. $30-40. Free one-way ticket with every $120 spent. Operates a "Gold Bus" once per day which features large leather seats with plenty of legroom ($60 each way). Power outlets.
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====Bike Rental====
 
====Bike Rental====
* '''[https://www.capitalbikeshare.com/ Capital Bikeshare]''', owned by Lyft, operates a bike sharing network that has over 4,300 bicycles available at over 500 bike stations throughout the Washington, D.C. area. This is the second-largest bike sharing network in the country, after that of New York City. Users can take a bike from any station and return it to a different station. Single rides of 30 minutes or less cost $2. Alternatively, membership fees are $8/day or $17 for 3 days, payable by using a credit card at the automated kiosks attached to every Capital Bikeshare station. On top of membership fees, usage fees vary, but the first 30 minutes are free. This is intentional to encourage people to use the system for short place-to-place trips; however, after riding for 30 minutes, you can dock your bike into a station, wait 2 minutes, and then take the bike out again to restart the timer.
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* '''[https://www.capitalbikeshare.com/ Capital Bikeshare]''', operates a bike sharing network that has over 4,300 bicycles available at over 500 bike stations throughout the Washington, D.C. area. This is the second-largest bike sharing network in the country, after that of New York City. Users can take a bike from any station and return it to a different station. Single rides of 30 minutes or less cost $2. Alternatively, membership fees are $8/day or $17 for 3 days, payable by using a credit card at the automated kiosks attached to every Capital Bikeshare station. On top of membership fees, usage fees vary, but the first 30 minutes are free. This is intentional to encourage people to use the system for short place-to-place trips; however, after riding for 30 minutes, you can dock your bike into a station, wait 2 minutes, and then take the bike out again to restart the timer.
  
 
* '''Dockless Bikeshare''' is offered by [https://jumpbikes.com/ Jump], which is owned by Uber and offers electric bikes. Renting these bikes is possible with an existing Uber account via the Uber app. While these bikes do not have to be returned to a station like Capital Bikeshares, they do have an attached U-Lock feature and must be secured to a bike rack or signpost after riding.
 
* '''Dockless Bikeshare''' is offered by [https://jumpbikes.com/ Jump], which is owned by Uber and offers electric bikes. Renting these bikes is possible with an existing Uber account via the Uber app. While these bikes do not have to be returned to a station like Capital Bikeshares, they do have an attached U-Lock feature and must be secured to a bike rack or signpost after riding.
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===Clothing and household goods===
 
===Clothing and household goods===
 
* '''[http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlet/leesburg-corner Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets]''' in [[Leesburg]], 17 miles northwest of Dulles Airport and 40 miles northwest of Washington D.C., has the best bargains in the area but is not accessible by public transport.
 
* '''[http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlet/leesburg-corner Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets]''' in [[Leesburg]], 17 miles northwest of Dulles Airport and 40 miles northwest of Washington D.C., has the best bargains in the area but is not accessible by public transport.
* '''[http://www.simon.com/mall/potomac-mills Potomac Mills]''' is a humongous shopping mall in [[Woodbridge (Virginia)|Woodbridge]] that contains over 200 stores. It is a 25 minute [http://www.prtctransit.org/commuter-bus/schedules/pwmd-pm.html bus ride] ($3.45 each way with SmarTrip card, M-Sa only) from the Franconia-Springfield Metrorail Station.
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* '''[http://www.simon.com/mall/potomac-mills Potomac Mills]''' is a humongous shopping mall in [[Woodbridge (Virginia)|Woodbridge]] that contains over 200 stores. It is a 25 minute [http://www.prtctransit.org/commuter-bus/schedules/pwmd-pm.html bus ride] ($3.25 each way with SmarTrip card, M-Sa only) from the Franconia-Springfield Metrorail Station.
 
* '''[https://www.tangeroutlet.com/nationalharbor Tanger Outlet Mall]''' at [[National Harbor]] is accessible by MetroBus from the Southern Ave Metrorail Station.  
 
* '''[https://www.tangeroutlet.com/nationalharbor Tanger Outlet Mall]''' at [[National Harbor]] is accessible by MetroBus from the Southern Ave Metrorail Station.  
 
* '''Marshalls''' is the best bet for discounts within the city limits, with stores in [[Washington, D.C./Columbia Heights|Columbia Heights]] and [[Washington, D.C./Upper Northwest|Upper Northwest]].
 
* '''Marshalls''' is the best bet for discounts within the city limits, with stores in [[Washington, D.C./Columbia Heights|Columbia Heights]] and [[Washington, D.C./Upper Northwest|Upper Northwest]].
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===Dress===
 
===Dress===
With its highly educated, professional, and political populace, D.C. is a relatively formal and fashion-conscious city. Even in the summer, t-shirts and shorts are in the minority downtown or at bars and restaurants. However, if you just want to enjoy being a tourist, wear what is comfortable and don't worry—you'll be in good company! But if you prefer to blend in, a safe bet anytime of day for men are nice dark jeans and an un-tucked button-up or polo shirt, and perhaps dark sneakers or something a little nicer and more stylish. Women will often blend in better in a nice pair of sandals, boots, or other nice shoes, and maybe skipping the T-shirt and sneakers in the evening.  
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D.C. is, perhaps surprisingly, a fairly fashion-conscious city; downtown and in the more fashionable districts (especially Dupont Circle, Georgetown, and U St at night) you will see fewer T-shirts and fewer still shorts. While the stereotypical drab formality trickles down from the politicians and those who must work with them, something approaching actual stylishness has been making rumblings in the past ten years, much to the surprise of longtime residents. Now, if you just want to enjoy being a tourist, don't worry—you'll be in good company! But if you prefer to blend in, a safe bet anytime of day for men are nice dark jeans and an un-tucked button-up shirt, and perhaps dark sneakers or something a little nicer and more stylish. Women will often blend in better in a nice pair of sandals, boots, or other nice shoes, and maybe skipping the T-shirt and sneaks in the evening.  
  
For fine dining or the theater, expect to dress nicely. A good button-up shirt and slacks are a must for any nice restaurant. Ties are never a necessity, but the most formal restaurants (mostly steakhouses and French) ''will'' require men to wear jackets (but will usually have courtesy jackets on loan in case you forget). Women will be fine in a dress, skirt, or nice pants.
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For fine dining, expect to dress nicely. A good button-up shirt and slacks are a must for any nice restaurant. Ties are never a necessity, but the most formal restaurants (mostly steakhouses and French) ''will'' require men to wear jackets (but will usually have courtesy jackets on loan in case you forget). Women will be fine in a dress, skirt, or nice pants.
  
 
===Baggage storage===
 
===Baggage storage===
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===[[Northern Virginia]] destinations===
 
===[[Northern Virginia]] destinations===
  
* [[Alexandria (Virginia)|Alexandria]] is south of [[Arlington (Virginia)|Arlington]], along the Potomac River, and a short metro ride away from DC. Old Town Alexandria features cobblestone streets, nearly 4,000 buildings dating as far back as the 1600s, and shops and good restaurants. The [http://gwmemorial.org/ George Washington Masonic Memorial], dedicated to George Washington, is a must-see. Alexandria also includes [[Mount Vernon (Virginia)|Mount Vernon]], the former home of George Washington, the first President of the United States. The mansion overlooks the Potomac River and includes a huge museum dedicated to the life of America's first president.
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* [[Alexandria (Virginia)|Alexandria]] is south of [[Arlington (Virginia)|Arlington]], along the Potomac River, and a short metro ride away from DC. Old Town Alexandria features cobblestone streets, nearly 4,000 buildings dating as far back as the 1600s, and shops and good restaurants. The [http://gwmemorial.org/ George Washington Masonic Memorial], dedicated to George Washington, is a must-see. Alexandria also includes [[Mount Vernon (Virginia)|Mount Vernon]], the former home of George Washington, the first President of the United States. The mansion overlooks the Potomac River and now includes a huge museum dedicated to the life of America's first president.
  
 
* [[Annandale (Virginia)|Annandale]] and [[Centreville (Virginia)|Centreville]] are the D.C. area's '''Koreatowns''', with some of the best Korean BBQ you'll find anywhere outside [[Seoul]], many of which are open 24 hours per day!
 
* [[Annandale (Virginia)|Annandale]] and [[Centreville (Virginia)|Centreville]] are the D.C. area's '''Koreatowns''', with some of the best Korean BBQ you'll find anywhere outside [[Seoul]], many of which are open 24 hours per day!

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