Navigating D.C.’s Navy Yard

For the inexperienced D.C. residents, navigating the city can be quite overwhelming at first. You may find yourself asking which metro line you need to get on, where do you need to transfer, what neighborhood are you in, which way is north? The confusion can send anyone into a spiral, but luckily for our 1221 Van residents, they’re in the heart of it all and navigating the city has never been so easy. For those who are new to the area, we’ve broken down all the different ways to get from point A to point B and for those who are D.C. natives reading this, please bear with the newer folks as they learn to navigate the Navy Yard and the rest of D.C.


The Metro Train

Using the Washington, D.C., Metrorail system can be intimidating to the untrained eye but once you learn how to use it, navigating the District will be a breeze. While Ubers, Lyfts, taxis, the bus, and your friend’s car are definitely all options for getting around, there’s nothing quite as fast or direct as using the D.C. area Metro system. Luckily, 1221 Van is only a few blocks away from two Green Line Metro stops, making it easier than ever to stay connected to the rest of the city.

The Metro runs throughout the city and the neighboring suburbs of Virginia and Maryland. There are 6 ‘lines’ all with a coordinating color – Yellow, Green, Blue, Silver, Orange, and Red. The Waterfront and Navy Yard Ball Park Green Line stations are just blocks away from our doors, making for a no non-sense option for cruising on over to nearby U Street, the Shaw neighborhood, or transferring lines at Chinatown/Gallery Place and have access to all the Red Line stops such as Dupont Circle.

Having such close access to the public transport system will save you time, money, and headache when trying to figure out how to get to your next destination. It also makes exploring the city that much more fun when you know that the taking a cross town trip is just a quick metro ride away. If you’re still unsure about using the Metro system, have no fear. Just ask a friendly D.C. face but remember one important Metro etiquette lesson – NEVER stand on the left side of the escalator. DC locals use the right side for standing and let the escalator carry them to the top while the left side is meant for people who want to move a bit faster and walk (or run) to the top. Nothing says ‘tourist’ quite like someone standing on the left side of the escalator during rush hour.

Walking – A Pedestrian Friendly Navy Yard

Not a fan of the sometimes crowded Metro cars? Opt for the greener choice of transportation and take in the beautiful neighborhood scenery as you make your way by foot. Whether you’re planning to have a picnic with friends in Yards Park, or are taking a stroll along the Capital Riverfront, the Navy Yard is one of the most pedestrian friendly areas with plenty of sidewalks and bike paths. Enjoy the restaurants, retail and nightlife in and around the ballpark and Capitol Riverfront without having to spend a dime on getting there. Not sure where to go first? Check out our neighborhood page here for a full list of go to spots in the area that are just a quick stroll away from the front door.


Bike (or scooter if you’re into that)

Bikes and scooters offer the convenience of getting around the city quickly, are environmentally friendly, and are a fun alterative to a car or Metro. If you’re itching to take a bike ride around the city, the Navy Yard is home to plenty of bike trails and Capital Bikeshare spots (the closest being at the corner of N and First St. in Navy Yard) that allow you to explore the city at your own pace. For more information on the other bike share spots and trails through the area, click here.


Whether you’re walking around the neighborhood by foot, exploring the city from your bike or scooter, or taking a cross town trip to visit another D.C. neighborhood, there are transportation options for every destination when you live at 1221 Van. To learn more about our ideal location in the ideal city and ideal ways to get around to your favorite destinations, click here.

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