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Ranger led tour of the Peterson House.
Ranger led tour of the Petersen House.


Embrace the outdoors, explore interactive exhibits and stand where history happened by taking the Red Line to visit some of DC's National Park Sites. Each of the parks listed here are 1 mile or less from each metro stop (about a 20 minute walk) or a 10 minute bus ride away.

Red Line Stops

Van Ness
Stop at Van Ness to visit Rock Creek Park.

Friendship Heights
Take the bus from Friendship Heights to explore Rock Creek Park.

Metro Center Station
Jump off at Metro Center Station to visit Ford's Theater National Historic Site, or the White House Visitor Center.

Metro Information

To see a map of the Metro System, visit Metro's website. Metro's Trip Planner provides instant itineraries and detailed information you need to get around the city.

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Pets are excluded from most memorials and NPS and public buildings. Pets are welcome on the National Mall but must be kept on leashes, no more than 6 feet in length at all times. For parks outside of the mall, please visit indiviudal park websites to see if pets are allowed.  Pets may not be unattended or tied to an object. Visitors with pets must pick up all pet waste and dispose of it in a trash receptacle.

Service animals are allowed at all National Park Service sites. 

Rock Creek Park, Ford's Theatre and the White House Visitor Center are all free and open to the public. For information about metro fares visit Metro's Fares page. 

The Red Line runs from the Shady Grove stop in Montgovery County, Maryland into the heart of DC, and back out to the Glenmont stop also in Mongovery County, MD. The Metro Accessible NPS sites can be accessed at the following locations: 

Van Ness
Rock Creek ParkThe Van Ness Station is the closest metro stop to Peirce Mill, but it is still about a mile away. From Van Ness, walk south on Connecticut Avenue to Tilden Street and make a left. Follow Tilden to the bottom of the hill and the mill is on your left.

Friendship Heights
Rock Creek ParkThe Friendship Heights or Fort Totten Metro stations are the closest to the Nature Center. Take the E-2, E-3 bus (from either Metro stop) to the intersection of Glover & Military Rd. Get off, look to your left and follow the trail up to the Nature Center. 

Metro Center Station
Ford's Theater National Historic Site:The closest Metro stop is Metro Center Station which is a 5-10 minute walk from Ford's Theatre. The Red, Orange, Silver and Blue lines all connect here. From Metro Center Station, head South on 11th St toward F ST N. Turn left onto F St NW. Turn right onto 10th St NW and the theatre will be on the left.

White House Visitor Center:The closest Metrorail stations to the White House are Federal Triangle (blue, orange, and silver lines) and Metro Center (red, blue, orange, and silver lines). From Metro Center, head south on 13th St NW toward F St NW. Turn right onto Pennsylvania Ave NW and the Visitor Center will be on the left.

To see a map of the Metro System, visit Metro's website

Four specific hours, visit park websites. 

Accessibility Information

Service Animals

Service animals are allowed in national parks. For a definition of a service animal, please see the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) definition.


For information about individual park facilities, please visit park websites. Accessibility information is located under the Plan Your Visit tab.


Assistive listening devices, or large print brochures may be available by request or with advance notice. For information about individual park programs, please visit park websites. Accessibility information is located under the Plan Your Visit tab.

Last updated: March 28, 2017