I arrived in DC on a Thursday in order to set up for the Society for Neuroscience's 41st annual conference. Exhibits at the conference were not scheduled to open until Sunday, and since we were finished setting up by Saturday afternoon, I was left with the rest of the day free to do as I pleased. After making plans with various friends, here was my route around the city:
Walk 1.1 miles, ~21 minutes
Walk 0.5 miles to Union Station, ~10 minutes; ~3 miles around/across the city in ~2 hours
Bus ride ~40min
Bus ride, ~40 min in the opposite direction + metro ride, ~22 minutes
Metro ride orange line to Red line to Union Station + walk to hotel, ~40min
All in all, it was a busy but successful day. Now, imagine if I had had a car! I would have had to deal with the stress of traffic, navigating unfamiliar streets, paying for parking. Instead, I spent less than $10, got some exercise on foot, took a nice bus "tour" of Georgetown, and enjoyed reading my book on the subway. Why can't every city in America be like this?