When you think of the nation’s capital, low carbon footprint and green living don’t exactly come to mind, especially when you find yourself sitting in traffic for hours on the I-495 beltway. However, Cooking Light magazine recently ranked Washington, D.C. third on its top 20 healthiest U.S. cities list. The city was evaluated on its abundance of organic markets, expanse of green space for an urban area, and its pedestrian-friendly atmosphere.

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By air, you’ll probably arrive into one of DC’s two major airports – Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), or Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). From DCA for just $1.65 one way, the city center is a short 15 minute subway ride directly from the airport. From IAD, a $9.00 bus pass on the Washington Flyer coach bus drops you off at the Metro West Falls Church subway station in about 30 minutes or the cheaper Metrobus takes you directly to L’Enfant Plaza station for just $3.00

If entering the district by train, all Amtrak, MARC and VRE commuter trains arrive into Washington, D.C.’s Union Station. From there, you can connect with its metro rail system and ride around the city. By bus, the Greyhound Bus Terminal sits directly behind Union Station on the Metrorail’s Red Line. Washington, D.C. boasts one of the cleanest and most accessible subway systems in the country and also covers significant areas within its neighboring states of Maryland and Virginia.