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Washington DC Attractions Near Metro Stations
Washington DC’s Metro offers a convenient way to a get to the most popular tourist attractions in the nation’s capital including the museums, the national memorials, the White House, the Capitol Building and much more. While getting around the city can be confusing, many metro stations are very close to one another and have good access to the National Mall and Downtown. Some of the attractions are within walking distance to several stations, so the most convenient one will depend on which line you are traveling on.
Click through the following guide to the top 5 Metro stations to see the entrance and exit locations, to learn about the attractions near each station and to find additional sightseeing and transit tips for Washington DC.
For general information about riding Metro, see A Guide to Using the Washington DC MetrorailContinue to 2 of 6 below.
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Smithsonian Metro Station
(Orange Line, Blue Line, and Silver Line)
The Smithsonian Station is located directly on the National Mall. At the northern exit, you will see a breathtaking view of the U.S. Capitol Building to the east and the Washington Monument to the west. The station offers the closest access to the Smithsonian Museums, including the Smithsonian Castle, the Freer Gallery of Art, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, and the National Museum of African Art. Across the Mall, you will find the National Museum of American History and National Museum of Natural History. The national memorials and the Tidal Basin are within walking distance as well as popular museums including the Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and the National Gallery of Art.
Entrances and Exits
- 12th St. at Jefferson Dr. SW (The Mall)
- SW corner 12th St. & Independence Ave., SW.
Transit Tip: During large events and peak travel times, the Smithsonian Station will be very busy and you may avoid waiting for... the train by walking to another station. Look at a map and choose the one that allows you to travel direct without changing lines. Nearby Metro stations include Federal Triangle, Metro Center, Gallery Place-Chinatown, L’Enfant Plaza, Federal Center SW, and Archives-Navy Memorial.Continue to 3 of 6 below.
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Gallery Place / Chinatown Metro Station
(Red Line, Green Line, and Yellow Line)
Located in Washington DC’s Penn Quarter neighborhood, Gallery Place / Chinatown Station provides access to some of the area’s best restaurants, shopping, nightclubs, as well as the Capitol One Arena, the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum, the International Spy Museum, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, the National Museum of Crime and Punishment, the Newseum, Ford’s Theatre and the Shakespeare Theatre. The Metro station is centrally located in the heart of the city within walking distance to the National Mall in one direction and to the Washington Convention Center in the other. Gallery Place/Chinatown is a transfer station where riders can change lines to head in a different direction.
Entrances and Exits
- SE corner 9th & G Sts., NW
- NE corner 7th & F Sts., NW
- SE corner 7th & H Sts., NW
Transit Tip: The station is right next to the Verizon Center and can be very busy before and after a large event.... If the station is crowded, head to a nearby station. Look at a map and choose the one that allows you to travel direct without changing lines. Nearby Metro stations include Mount Vernon Square, Judiciary Square, Federal Triangle, Metro Center, and Archives-Navy Memorial.Continue to 4 of 6 below.
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Metro Center Metro Station
(Red Line, Orange Line, Blue Line, and Silver Line)
The Metro Center Metro Station is located just a few blocks north of the heart of Pennsylvania Avenue, the historic street that is home to many of Washington DC’s parades and festivals. The White House is just a short walk to the west and the National Mall is a few blocks to the south. The National Theatre, the Warner Theatre and many of the city’s best restaurants are within walking distances.
Entrances and Exits
- SE corner 13th and G Sts. NW
- SE corner 11th and G Sts. NW
- NE corner 12th and G Sts. NW
- SW corner 12th and F Sts. NW
Transit Tip: While other stations are closer to the Mall, Metro Center is a transfer station so it is easy to get to from multiple lines. You can change trains, but it is a pretty easy walk from there to the National Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of American History, and even the Washington Monument. Nearby metro stations include Federal Triangle, Gallery Place-Chinatown, McPherson Square,... Judiciary Square and Archives-Navy Memorial.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Archives Metro Station
(Green Line and Yellow Line)
Located near the Navy Memorial and Heritage Center and the National Archives, the Archives Metro station is one of the closest to the National Mall, just a few blocks from the National Museum of Natural History, the National Gallery of Art, and the Newseum. The U.S. Capitol, the National Air and Space Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum, the Smithsonian Castle and the National Museum of the American Indian are also within an easy walk.
Entrance and Exit
- 7th St. north of Pennsylvania Ave.
Transit Tip: There are a variety of dining options near the station, including several casual and inexpensive eateries. Nearby metro stations include Smithsonian, Federal Triangle, Gallery Place-Chinatown, Capitol South, L’Enfant Plaza, Federal Center SW, and Metro Center.Continue to 6 of 6 below.
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L'Enfant Plaza Metro Station
(Orange Line, Blue Line, Silver Line, Green Line, and Yellow Line)
The L'Enfant Plaza Metro Station is located on the south side of the National Mall near the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Smithsonian Castle and the National Air and Space Museum. Although it is a long walk, the station provides the easiest access to the Tidal Basin, the Jefferson Memorial and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. The National Museum of American History and National Museum of Natural History are within an easy walk as well. L'Enfant Plaza is a transfer station so it is easy to get to from multiple lines.
Entrances and Exits
- D St. between 6th & 7th Sts.
- SE corner Maryland Ave. & 7th St. SW
- SW corner DOT Courtyard
- L'Enfant Plaza Mall Concourse, 9th & D Sts.
Transit Tip: L'Enfant Plaza Metro Station is near the National Mall, but tends to be less busy than the Smithsonian Station. It is a good option during busy times of the year. Nearby metro stations include... Smithsonian, Federal Triangle, Gallery Place-Chinatown, Capitol South, Federal Center SW, and Metro Center.