8 Things To Know Before You Go To Washington DC

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Walk left, stand right

Metro riders should walk left and stand right on escalators. Metro escalators should never be used on the left. Tourists unaware of this restriction enrage locals

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Stay downtown when traveling to DC

Downtown is best for sightseeing. The White House area is appropriate for most tourists. The National Mall, museums, and Metro are walkable from there.

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Pack correctly

Washington DC has four seasons, so be prepared for your visit. The most important item in your baggage is comfortable walking shoes, regardless of the season.

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Plan ahead, but don’t overdo it

Planning beforehand is necessary for DC trips. Contact your representative of Congress immediately to seek a White House visit.

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Choose your dates wisely

The dates you visit DC matter most for accommodation savings. Large conferences and conventions raise hotel prices. Visitations on weekends and holidays are cheaper.

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See the monuments at night

On hot summer days, visiting monuments and memorials in the evening is cooler and avoids the sun. The Lincoln Memorial and World War II Memorial are stunning

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See museums that interest you

Go visit a popular museum, but not just because. Choose museums based on interest. Visit our museum tips blog for details.

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Don’t over rely on Metro

Today, there are several transportation options. Metro is popular. Most travelers like Metro's affordability and efficiency for viewing key destinations.