What NOT to Do in Washington D.C.

When planning a trip, you probably focus on what to do while at your destination. However, it is just as important to know what NOT to do. 

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Don’t visit in the summer. This is one of the busiest and most crowded times, especially around the 4th of July.
  6. Don’t try to visit every museum in one trip. There just isn’t enough time. 
  7. Don’t dine at chain restaurants or tourist traps.
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