My husband and I are flying down to DC for a wedding next weekend and we are going to make it a long weekend so we'll have Friday as a free day.
I lived College Park in my early 20s but moved back to NYC over 20 years ago and haven't been to DC since. I see that the DC metro is now using fare districts.
We'll be starting at the Crystal City metro and heading into DC around 9-9:30am. I'll be going to the National Gallery (Archives) and he'll be going to the Smithsonian Air & Space (L'Enfant Plaza) taking the Yellow line. We'll then meet at the Mall in between both museums at some fixed time and then my husband wants to see the monuments (I'll go too). I've read about a DC Circulator bus? We may stay on the bus or depart at a particular memorial/monument. We'll then have dinner around Dupont Circle as I want to return to the Front Page restaurant. I hope it's still a fun place to have dinner. We'll then take the metro back to Crystal City.
An unlimited day metro card is too pricy. I see we'll have to buy a Metro fare card each but I'm trying to figure out how much money to put on it given our agenda I wrote above. Are we able to use that fare card on the Circulator bus or is that a separate card? We don't want to pay the bus cash as that I believe is more expensive than a card.
Am I on the right track here? I appreciate your advice about the card system and what amount to put on the fare card(s) for each of us. Thanks.