Written by Sarah Meirose, Program Advisor- Engalitcheff Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems
Despite the excitement of living in DC, you may find yourself feeling like you need a break from the fast-paced city environment. What sounds more ideal than a day trip or weekend away? As luck would have it, there are a variety of destinations for students looking to travel either by train, bus or metro.
Old Town Alexandria offers an array of retail stores and restaurants, a weekly farmer’s market and spectacular views of the waterfront. The area’s deep historical roots cater to history buffs, as one can visit the Lyceum (the town’s history museum), the Carlyle House and the Torpedo Factory Art Center. If you prefer to visit later in the evening, you can take a ghost and graveyard tour or sign up for a Haunted Dine Around. Alexandria’s Old Town neighborhood is easily accessible by metro via the King Street stop on the blue and yellow lines. The King Street Trolley provides free transportation from the metro stop and departs every 15 minutes.
- Mount Vernon
Just 16 miles south of DC, George Washington’s estate offers an ideal day trip destination. Guests can explore the mansion, more than a dozen original structures, Washington’s Tomb and the 50 miles of the extensive plantation. As it is not easily accessible by public transportation, TFAS is offering students the opportunity to visit the estate on June 29, and tickets are still available for $30.
- New York City
Hoping to catch a Broadway show or take in the NYC skyline this summer? A bus trip from DC to NYC takes an average of four hours and costs about $25 to $50. Amtrak train tickets run anywhere from $125 to $259 round trip. Make sure to plan in advance!
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor features a variety of shops, restaurants, and museums. Visit the black tip reef shark exhibit at the National Aquarium or take in the city’s history at Ft. McHenry. You can travel to Baltimore via bus or train. The MARC train departs DC from Union Station and takes you to the Baltimore/Camden station. A standard one way fare is $7.
Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and an authentic Philly cheese steak sandwich await your visit to Philadelphia. The city boasts an array of museums including the Benjamin Franklin museum, the National Constitution Center and the Liberty Bell center. Spend the weekend visiting historical sites, shopping and catching Phillies game. The Megabus departs four times a day from Union Station and fares cost anywhere from $13-$30.
No matter how far you go, you’ll find that DC is the center of it all.