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Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness 2014

Getting to Washington, DC

By Air

Washington, DC is served by three airports:

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport | 703-417-8000
Located south of the city along the Potomac River, National is accessible on Metrorail's Yellow and Blue lines. The Blue line goes directly to Farragut West, 3 blocks from the festival hub at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Taxi fare to downtown is approximately $12-$15. Shared ride van service is also offered by SuperShuttle.

Baltimore/Washington International Airport | 1-800-I-FLY-BWI
Just 30 miles from DC on commuter (MARC) and Amtrak rail lines.

Washington Dulles International Airport | 703-572-2700
Located 26 miles west of DC, this is the hardest to get to/from of the three airports. Washington Flyer provides bus service to West Falls Church Metro station with departures every 45 minutes. SuperShuttle will bring you into DC for about $30 ($10 for each additional party in your group). Taxis from Dulles into DC are expensive.

All the airports are served by the van service, Super Shuttle ( For travel from National Airport into the city, the Metro is easy, and a cab is just as affordable as the van (and usually much faster).

By Rail

Amtrak - - serves Washington’s gorgeous Union Station, on the Metro's Red Line. 1-800-USA-RAIL

By Bus

Greyhound - - 1-800-231-2222
The bus station is located inside Union Station, right on Metro's Red Line.
Megabus, Bolt, NYDCExpress, and DC2NY buses are relatively low-cost options, and offer free wi-fi on the bus. These buses fill up fast and often overbook, so get to the departure site early!

By Car

Consider leaving your car at home. Festival sites are very close to Metro stations and street parking downtown is difficult. There are many commercial parking garages within a block or two of the venues. Rates are lower ($11-$13/day) before 9 am (or occasionally, before 10 am) and rise to $16-$17/day thereafter.

A few tips for driving in DC:

Numbered streets run north to south, in four quadrants of the city. All the festival activities will take place in the Northwest quadrant, notated as NW. In Northwest, the numbers increase as you head west. Letter streets are in alphabetical order, running east to west. There is no J Street. State-named avenues run diagonally.

Getting Around in DC

Your registration materials will include maps. We'll also post maps on the Venues page.

Use Metro

We highly recommend taking Metro. All festival sites are within easy walking distance of the Farragut North (Red Line) and Farragut West (Blue & Orange Lines) Stations on the Metro. Fares for Metro start at $2.70 (and may increase with the distance you ride). We recommend that you buy a Metro fare card with enough for several trips on it, to save time. Machines in each station take cash and credit cards. SmarTrip Cards can be purchased online or at any Metro station and save you $1 on each fare. The cards cost $10 and are loaded with $8 worth of Metro fare.

Use Capital Bikeshare!

Washington DC was the first jurisdiction in North America to launch a bike share system! Capital Bikeshare allows you to rent bikes on-demand from kiosks located all around the city. Go to any Capital Bikeshare station and follow the directions at the kiosk. Use a credit card to join for the day. You can take a bike as many times as you'd like for 24 hours or 3 days. For more information, go to

The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District offers a map of the Farragut Square area.



Split This Rock values individuals of all abilities and strives to make its programs and materials accessible to all.  The festival’s four venues and hotel were selected with accessibility in mind, to ensure that people with mobility disabilities can attend.  Large print program books will be available at the festival by request.  If you have questions, suggestions or would like to request accommodation for a particular need, please contact Camisha Jones at or 202-787-5210.