Explore outside of College Park

By Jessica Marquez

The semester has officially started for the University of Maryland students. The College Park area is filled with many different restaurants like Chipotle, Potbelly, and Five Guys. Let’s not forget about Terrapin’s Turf and all the weekly specials that they have to offer.

While walking around campus may be fun for the first couple of weeks, you may find the urge to adventure out and discover what there is outside of the College Park area.

The DMV (D.C., Maryland, and Virginia) area offers a variety of places with good food, good sites, and sometimes good entertainment.

Let’s start off at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.

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The United States capitol is located seven stops away from the College Park metro station if you get off at Union Station. Union station offers a big selection of restaurants within its vicinity. So if you’re craving Johnny Rockets, Bojangles’, Häagen-Dazs, or a salad from Chop’t, Union Station has something for you.

To the left side of the capitol, if you’re facing the National Mall, is the United States Botanic Garden.

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The Botanic Garden has been around since 1820. Admission to this garden is completely free. Staff members also offer 45-minute tours throughout the day. For temporary exhibits or special topics, check out the United States Botanic Garden online website http://www.usbg.gov/programs-and-events

Across the National Mall and on Pennsylvania Avenue…

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The White House! The nearest metro stations are Farragut West and McPherson Square. If you want to protest, take pictures, or wait outside and hope to see President Obama, the White House is a pretty good place to be.

Now, if you’re looking to catch a fun and enjoyable baseball game, Navy Yard Metro station is your stop.

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While in season, Nats Nation is live! For games and tickets check washington.nationals.mlb.com

Moving north from Navy Yard and into Downtown Silver Spring, Maryland…

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Courtesy of downtownsilverspring.com

The downtown Silver Spring area offers a diversity of restaurants, shops, and events. Entertainment is a big part of Silver Spring. The Fillmore, Majestic Movie Theater, and Discovery Communications are all in the same area. The best part yet is that downtown Silver Spring is UM-Shuttle accessible.

Now let’s take it to Crystal City, Virginia.

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Crystal City…wow! It’s a growing area located about 10 to 15 minutes walking distance from the Pentagon. Ronald Reagan National Airport is a close walk as well.

If you are considering a flight into the UMD area, Ronald Reagan Airport is your best choice since it is metro accessible and a couple minutes closer than BWI.

The DMV is a place to grow, learn, and discover. There are many opportunities for students, parents, staff, and friends. Just get out there and explore!

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