There’s nothing like visiting Washington DC. Between the monuments, museums, and national landmarks, there is no shortage of interesting places to visit or things to do in the nation’s capital. However, like any big city, DC can be difficult to navigate (physically and emotionally!) if you don’t have the right tools. Luckily, apps have made traveling significantly easier and give you the ability to live like a local when in a new city.
Here are 3 apps for your next trip to DC that will make you a traveling pro!
DC Metro Transit
While public transportation is very convenient, it can also be confusing or frustrating at times. The DC Metro is one of the more cost effective ways to get around the city if you know how to navigate the stations. However, the Metro isn’t always reliable and is prone to disruptions and delays. DC Metro Transit takes all the guess work out of planning your next trip via the Metro. This app allows you to view real time updates for upcoming trains at your desired location, alerts you if there any disruptions, and has a trip planner. You’ll never feel lost when navigating the Metro again with this all-in-one guide.
After hours of sight-seeing around the monuments, you’re going to need to refuel and relax. DC has some of the best restaurants in the country to do so and any cuisine you could desire. Make going out to dinner simple with Open Table. The app allows you to view nearby restaurants, see reviews, and make reservations with ease. The Discover page is a great feature for tourists to try out local recommended hot spots that may be off the beaten path.
Riding the Metro can save money, but there’s nothing like having a car at your disposal. Even for those who are lucky enough to live close by to a station, sometimes traveling by car is more hassle-free and relaxing. Uber is the easiest way to travel around DC, especially if you’re planning on visiting areas that the Metro doesn’t service, such as Georgetown. Uber allows you to receive a ride and be on your way in minutes, as opposed to waiting for a taxi. The new UberPool feature lets you share a ride with other passengers traveling in a similar direction for much cheaper. There’s no reason to wait around for a ride with so many options at your fingertips.