DOWN UN­DER

Dis­cov­er­ing the city’s be­low­ground de­lights

Where Washington - - INSIDER -

MANY PEO­PLE know about the Metro­rail, D.C.’s mostly sub­ter­ranean sub­way sys­tem. But did you know there’s another trans­porta­tion hub un­der the U.S. Capi­tol build­ing? Built in 1909, these rail lines still whisk mem­bers of Congress be­tween their of­fices and the Capi­tol. Vis­i­tors can ride the 1960s cars (above), too, by ar­rang­ing tours through their elected of­fi­cials. In this city of just 68 square miles, there are plenty of other in­trigu­ing hid­den sites, like the Dupont Un­der­ground, a for­mer trol­ley stop (1949-1962), fall­out shel­ter (late 1960s) and short-lived food court (1990s). To­day, the space lo­cated be­neath Dupont Cir­cle hosts his­tory tours, art ex­hi­bi­tions and per­for­mances. Just out­side the Dis­trict, Vir­ginia’s Crys­tal City Metro stop leads to a par­tially sub­street-level mall, pro­vid­ing con­ve­nience items, sou­venirs, cof­fee and dough­nuts ru­mored to come from a Dunkin’ Donuts oven in­side the Pen­tagon.

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