Student Guide to Washington D.C.

TRANSPORTATION

 

AIRPORT


DCA/Ronald Reagan
Take yellow line towards Huntington
Transfer at Chinatown to the red line towards Shady Grove
Get off at Woodley Park-Zoo Metro Station
Taxi: 20-30 mins


Dulles
Take bus 5A towards L’Enfant Plaza station
At L’Enfant Plaza take either the yellow, green, orange or blue
Y/G: transfer at Chinatown to the red line towards Shady Grove
O/B: transfer at Metro Center to the red line towards Shady Grove
Get off at Woodley Park-Zoo Metro Station
Taxi: 50 mins


BWI (Baltimore)
Take the Marc Train to DC ($8 one way tickets)
Arrive at Union Station and take the red line towards Shady Grove
Get off at Woodley Park-Zoo Metro Station
Taxi: 60 mins


SuperShuttle Discount
Discount Code: VUKDB
Discount Valid Dates: Nov 21-Dec 5
Link: http://www.supershuttle.com/default.aspx?GC=VUKDB
Discount: 10% off your reservation made online.

TO GET AROUND ONCE IN DC:

http://www.wmata.com/fares/smartrip/
https://www.wmata.com/schedules/trip-planner/
https://www.wmata.com/rider-guide/weather/

There are also apps for your phone.


Groceries in walking distance of venues …


Manhattan Market
2647 Connecticut Avenue NW, b/t N 24th St & N Woodley Rd
202-986-4774
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Manhattan-Market/111428162245801

Sherry’s Wine & Spirits
2627 Connecticut Ave NW
(202) 234 9200
http://www.sherryswine.com/

 

HOTEL INFORMATION

 

OFFICIAL HOTELS:


Washington Marriott Wardman Park

2660 Woodley Rd NW, Washington, DC 20008

Most of the main events are held here
There’s an internet Cafe can be found downstairs between the lobby and the Irish bar.
It’s shame that internet isn’t free in the rooms, but at least it’s free down in the lobby/bar area.
Nice gardens in courtyard area.
Decent food spread in the executive lounge.

Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert St NW, Washington, DC 20008

Historic garden with hammocks
Back deck overlooks river
Mid-priced breakfast buffet
Posh pool


OTHER PLACES TO SLEEP

**these are not recommended by the AAA but are places in the area which are rated well by other sources. They are similar or less pricing. We recommend that you only use these if the official hotel is booked and/or beyond your budget. 

http://kaloramaguesthouse.com/
http://www.dcinns.com/woodley.html
http://www.americanguesthouse.com/rooms.html
http://www.thenormandydc.com/
http://www.hotelpalomar-dc.com/
http://www.carlylehoteldc.com/boutique-hotels-washington-dc/

PLACES TO EAT

Most under < $15.00


Close to Venues:


Bar Civita
2609 24th St NW
b/t N Connecticut Ave & N Calvert St
http://www.barcivita.com/
Italian influenced American restaurant

Hot N Juicy Crawfish (very near venues)
2651 Connecticut Ave NW, b/t N 24th St & N Woodley Rd
http://hotnjuicycrawfish.com/
Cajun style seafood boilers in a bag meet Asian spice.

The Italians Kitchen
2608 Connecticut Ave NW
http://theitalianskitchen.com/
Family style pizza’s and pastas

Lebanese Taverna
2641 Connecticut Ave NW
b/t N Woodley Rd & Calvert St SW
http://www.lebanesetaverna.com/
Lebanese food – hummus, musaka, lamb, grape leaves, etc.
Belly Dancing on Thursdays 9:30 – 11:00pm

Macintyre’s
2621 Connecticut Ave NW
https://www.facebook.com/macintyresdc/
Typical Irish-American pub grub, plus good chilli.

Nando’s PERi-PERi
2631 Connecticut Ave
https://www.nandosperiperi.com/
Portuguese & South African Chicken and various sides.

OPEN CITY!
2331 Calvert St NW,
A hip and relaxing ‘Coffeehouse, Bar & Lounge’ meets ‘American Diner’
http://www.opencitydc.com/

Petits Plats  (this is a $$$ splurge)
2653 Connecticut Ave NW
b/t N 24th St & N Woodley Rd
http://www.petitsplats.com/
French-American bistro fare and brunch spot.

Umi Japanese Cuisine
2625 Connecticut Ave
http://umijapanesedc.com/
Further but worth doing at least one of these …

Amsterdam Falafelshop
Original location at 2425 18th St NW, Multiple locations.
Nearest one is about 0.7 miles away.
http://www.falafelshop.com/
DC’s favorite falafel shop is SUPER fast and ALL about the falafel+pickles+fries. Along with serving as a new stuff-your-face late-night option, some locations let you take full advantage of the toppings bar. Hours: Sun-Mon 11am-midnight; Tue-Wed 11am-2:30am; Thu 11am-3am; Fri-Sat 11am-4am

Astor Mediterranean
1829 Columbia Rd NW, b/t N Biltmore St & N Mintwood Pl in Adams Morgan
http://www.astorfoods.com/
Greek and Middle Eastern place with tons of vegetarian options. The Egyptian salad and crispy fries are the crowd favorites.

Ben’s Chili Bowl
1213 U St. NW
U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo (Green Line)
http://benschilibowl.com/
This D.C. establishment beckons diners with delicious chili on hot dogs and burgers enjoyed at ’50s-style bar stools and Formica counters. Favorite of many African American celebrities

Daikaya
705 Sixth St., NW;
202-589-1600
Former Café Atlántico chef Katsuya Fukushima and Sushiko restaurateur Daisuke Utagawa teamed up on this izakaya and ramen shop.

Donburi

2438 18th St NW, Adams Morgan
(202) 629-1047
https://www.facebook.com/donburidc
Donburi is a Japanese dish that’s basically something awesome on top of rice. Choose between panko-breaded shrimp or pork at this counter eatery and get ready to be wowed by the sauce on top. There’re also fried chicken and sashimi options.

El Chucho
3313 11th St., NW;
202-290-3313
Jackie Greenbaum’s foray into DC is a love-letter to Mexican street foods, including a delectable grilled corn on the cob and an aromatic porky posole.

Greek Deli
1120 19th Street NW.
Devotees of this Dupont Circle lunch spot line up out the door for their daily dose of Greek classics, like baked pastitsio, gyro sandwiches, chicken agvolelemono soup, and sandwiches cost around $8-10.

Horace and Dickie’s
809 12th Street NE; additional location in Takoma at 6912 Fourth Street NW.
This 20-year-old carryout serves up as tasty fried fish. Throw in a side of collard greens or macaroni, or a slice of sweet potato pie.

Julia’s Empanadas

Multiple locations: Adams Morgan (2452 18th Street NW), Brightwood (5235 Georgia Avenue NW), and Dupont Circle (1221 Connecticut Avenue NW).
http://www.juliasempanadas.com/menu.html
A single empanada is big enough for a light meal. If you’re feeling a bit more peckish, try the Good Meal Deal, one regular empanada, one fruit empanada, and a drink, or the Health Meal Deal, an empanada, soup, and a salad. Under 8 dollars

Keren Restaurant
1780 Florida Ave NW, b/t N 18th St & N U St
Eritrean food, Don’t be a fool have the Fuul and the greens.

Masala Art
4441-B Wisconsin Ave., NW;
202-362-4441
Like your curries with a kick? Head to this bustling Tenleytown dining room where most things, even typically mild chicken tikka masala, have a spiciness that creeps up on you.

Pho 14
Multiple locations – Adams Morgan (1769 Columbia Road NW), Columbia Heights (1436 Park Rd NW), and Van Ness (4201 Connecticut Avenue NW).
http://dcpho14.com/index.html
Cheap, tasty Banh Mi sandwiches – crusty French bread with bright Vietnamese flavors. Under 5 dollars or upgrade to a platter which includes soup and an appetizer for under 10.

Teaism
Multiple locations
https://www.teaism.com/
Fusion teahouse, fine breakfast and say yes to the ginger scones.

Teddy’s Roti Shop
7304 Georgia Ave., NW;
202-882-6488
Teddy has long repatriated to Trinidad, but his tiny shop remains the pit stop of choice for those in need of a spice fix.

Toki Underground
1234 H St., NE;
202-388-3086
http://tokiunderground.com/#/
Few restaurants in the area come with as much hype as this graffiti-scrawled Taiwanese perch, where waits can stretch up to four hours. But score a stool—or order carryout—and you’ll be rewarded with Washington’s best ramen.

Tony’s Breakfast
1387 H St NE, b/t N Linden Ct & N 14th St
http://www.tonysbreakfast.com/
Small, hole in the wall classic American greasy spoon, but oooh the fried apples and/or chicken made-to-order.

FOR THE FUNZIES

The http://nationalzoo.si.edu/default.cfm is FREE and only a few blocks away from the venues.
http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/city-guides/free-washington-dc-traveler/
https://www.thrillist.com/washington-dc
http://www.atlasobscura.com/things-to-do/washington-dc
https://www.afar.com/travel-guides/united-states/district-of-columbia/washington-d-c/guide
http://washington.org/100-free-and-almost-free-things-do-dc
http://www.fodors.com/news/story_5608.html
http://www.budgettravel.com/feature/20-fabulously-free-things-to-do-in-washington-dc,31558/
http://freeindc.blogspot.com/
http://dc.about.com/od/artsandentertainment/tp/25-Free-Things-To-Do-In-Washington-DC.htm

 

 

 

 

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