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Amtrak Washington DC Station
50 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington
800-872-7245
Big Wheel Bikes
1034 33rd Street NW, Georgetown - Washington
202-337-0254
Georgetown Visitors Center
1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW, Washington
202-653-5190
HI Washington DC Hostel
1009 11th Street, NW, Washington
202-737-2333
Inn of Rosslyn
1601 Arlington Blvd, Arlington
703-524-3400
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Georgetown - Washington

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Georgetown - Washington
Robert Douglas from Watkinsville on 05/31/2019 02:52 PM:
What is the best way to get from DC to Cumberland to start my ride

 
Anonymous from Falls Church Va. on 05/31/2019 07:37 PM:
Amtrak, Book early to get a spot for your bike- (extra $). The train usually gets into Cumberland around 9pm so good idea to also book a room at the hotel across the tracks. Have a fun adventure.

 
Rivnuts from Homestead. PA on 05/31/2019 09:07 PM:
If it is just you, the train is probably your best option. If there are others traveling with you, consider a one-way car/van rental. Shuttle services may be more flexible but generally more expensive.

C&O to Reagan Airport
Ray (webmaster) on 03/29/2011 10:30 PM:
People often wonder how to get from the C&O Canal to Reagan Airport (or vice versa):

1. From the trail, head south along the Potomac River
2. At Memorial Bridge, cross the river
3. After getting across the Potomac, you're on the Mount Vernon Trail. Head south to the airport.

 
Anonymous on 03/19/2018 10:24 AM:
Thank you!

 
John W. from Pittsburgh, PA on 03/20/2018 04:44 AM:
Indeed! One of favorite things is right where the Mount Vernon Trail and Reagan Airport meet is Gravelly Point where airplanes, depending on direction, either take off or land right over your head! Very cool how close they are! A really great viewing point to just relax and watch the planes as well as catch lots of cyclists, walkers, rollerbladers, etc. pass by.

 
Jeanne on 03/20/2018 07:24 AM:
We'll be ending our ride there in June; can't wait!

PLACE TO STAY
Anonymous on 07/11/2017 12:19 PM:
Does anyone have any recommendations on where to stay in or around DC fairly inexpensive. I have the hostel booked now but have heard bad things about it.

 
Tom on 07/11/2017 06:56 PM:
The Inn of Rosslyn. Clean. Relatively cheap($90).

 
sergio from oc, ca on 07/14/2017 11:30 PM:
The Georgetown House is right on the canal and right next to restaurants . They were very nice rooms in an old canal building. The rooms are small, but very nice and comfortable. There's a common kitchen and frig downstairs and they have a place for bikes. They let us keep our luggage there all day after check out. We could still get our room's wifi at the bar/restaurant next door and an easy walk to many others. Rooms start at 149 to over 200 but for the location and the nice rooms, it was a good deal. Perfect way to end our trip (okay the canal is drained there for now, but... otherwise perfect).

Georgetown - Washington
Mark from Lakewood, Ohio on 05/24/2015 07:08 AM:
How possible is it to get on an Amtrak train from Georgetown trailhead? Distance and route. Looking to take our bikes and get on the train back to Pittsburgh.

 
John W. from Pittsburgh, PA on 05/24/2015 11:42 AM:
You're less than four miles from Union Station at Mile 0 in G-town. You could either ride on Capital Crescent Trail until that ends and then the streets (lots of safe cycling infrastructure, bike paths, etc.) or head to Foggy Bottom Metro station (still need to ride to get there) which I think you can take your bike on any time except weekday rush hours. Get on either of the Blue, Silver, or Orange lines and head east and transfer at Metro Center and get on the Red line which goes to Union Station. I'd actually just ride the whole way, it's a nice pleasant ride if you take the bike safe routes.

 
Anonymous on 05/28/2015 01:28 PM:
i believe there is only one train back to Pitt where you can take your bike ... the 4:05 .. the earlier train does not have the option to do so ... also, i think its an additional $20 ( $15 for a bicycle box, and $5 to check it in) ...

 
Greg K from Chicago on 06/18/2015 10:17 AM:
The annoying bit will be getting to Pittsburgh around midnight.

 
Alex from Chicago on 07/21/2015 05:57 PM:
Re: the original question, in case anyone is looking at this thread in the future, there are plentiful options for biking from the end of the C&O to Union Station in DC. I would just plug the start- and endpoints into Google Maps; it is pretty good for DC biking routes. My experience biking in DC is that it is a very bikeable city.

 
Jed on 08/17/2015 07:19 AM:
It's very easy to get from the trail head to Union Station. I like to avoid riding on the street, so would suggest taking a right onto the trail alongside Rock Creek Parkway (you'll be standing on it at the end of the canal), then take a left where the trail comes to a T in a few hundred feet. Hug the riverside for a mile or two (the trail will cross the street at one point, don't take that, stay on the sidewalk along the river) until you come up the hill to the Lincoln Memorial/Memorial Bridge. Go around clockwise to the front of the Lincoln Mem, take in the view, and then simply ride down the Mall to the Capitol. Union Station is up the little hill on your left as you're facing the Capitol from the Mall.

Georgetown mile 0
Anonymous on 04/06/2010 06:37 AM:
It can be hard to find "mile zero" - here's a video to help:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kzs51zRsSY

 
Anonymous on 09/10/2013 02:58 PM:
thanks for the Mile Marker "0" info.

Georgetown Canal Boat
Ray (webmaster) on 04/22/2011 10:24 AM:
From Natl Parks Svc: As of April 21, 2011 The Georgetown Canal boat is not running due to flood damage. Please call the Georgetown Visitor Center at 202-653-5190 or Park Headquarters at 301-739-4200 to inquire when the canal boat is expected to run again.

 
Joann from Alex va on 05/24/2012 07:02 PM:
When will canal barge be running