Getting there

Location / getting to the national center

The National Center is conveniently located to Washington, D.C. and the surrounding communities. Out of town visitors can choose from three major airports and local visitors have options including easy driving and public transportation access.

2900 Crystal Drive, Suite 210 • Arlington, VA 22202

By Air

  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is just one mile from the National Center and just a short 5 minutes trip via car.
  • Washington Dulles International (IAD) is a 28 miles distance and depending on traffic the drive can range from 35 to 50 minutes.
  • Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is 36 miles away and the drive time can range from 50 to 80 minutes.

By Train

The Amtrak Union Station located in downtown Washington DC is 5.2 miles from the National Center, and just a short 20 minute taxi ride or Metro Rail trip to the Crystal City Metro Station located less than one mile from the National Center.

By Metro Rail

The Crystal City Metro Station, located beneath 241 18th Street S., provides a direct link from downtown Washington, D.C on the Yellow and Blue Lines. The station is located less than one mile from the National Center.

By Car

From DC via 395S

  • Follow signs to “Route 1 South – Alexandria.”
  • Take the Left Exit to “Route 1 South – Alexandria.”
  • Take the exit for 15th Street from the right hand lane. At the bottom of the ramp, turn left to travel towards Crystal Drive

From VA via 395N

  • Take Exit 8C (Route 1 South – Alexandria)
  • Stay in the left hand lane and merge onto Hayes Street
  • Hayes Street becomes 18th Street & will take you into Crystal City

From VA via 66E

  • Take Exit 75 (Route 1 South/Alexandria).
  • Merge onto Route 110/Route 1 South
  • Route 110 will end and continue as Route 1 South into Crystal City
  • Take the exit for 15th Street from the right hand lane. At the bottom of the ramp, turn left to travel towards Crystal Drive

From MD via 495 (Rockville)

  • Take Exit 43 for the George Washington Parkway.
  • Merge onto the GW Parkway and continue South
  • Take the exit for “Reagan National Airport.
  • Stay in right lane and turn right onto Abington Drive.
  • Follow signs for US-1 – Crystal City by turning right onto Route 1
  • Take the right exit ramp for Crystal Drive

From MD via 495 (Woodrow Wilson Bridge)

  • Take Exit 177B to Route 1 North
  • Continue on Route 1 through Alexandria
  • After crossing into Arlington County (across Four Mile Run), take a slight right onto the exit for Crystal Drive

Parking

If you are driving to the National Center, the entrance to the parking garage is directly in front of the building at 2900 Crystal Drive. Parking is $6.00 per day via cash or card.