Every now and then, I’ll take a look at various places and give you the insider’s scope on the do not’s, starting with Washington D.C.
- Don’t spend all your time on the mall. Venture into other areas of the city and go where the locals go for shopping, dining, etc.
- Don’t drive or take taxis. Instead, use D.C.’s metro and be sure to purchase a SmartTrip card if you are making multiple rides.
- Don’t be afraid to cross the Potomac River into Northern Virginia. Arlington National Cemetery is there, as well as, the Iwo Jima memorial and Mount Vernon.
- Don’t skip the Mall at night. At night, the monuments are lit, adding a powerful and historic feel to them. The monuments are open 24 hours and park rangers are on duty until 10pm.
- Don’t visit in the summer. This is one of the busiest and most crowded times, especially around the 4th of July.
- Don’t try to visit every museum in one trip. There just isn’t enough time.
- Don’t dine at chain restaurants or tourist traps.