Washington D.C. is known as one of the most user-friendly cities in the world. Every year, this enchanting city lures travelers from around the world. And if you are a first-timer in this city, let me tell you, getting around is easy. There is much to do in D.C. and if you’re ready to explore the wonders of this city, here are some things you must keep in mind before planning a trip to Washington D.C.

1. If you want to get somewhere on time, take the metro.

Traffic in D.C is crazy. Getting from one point to another can sometimes seem like torture which is why it is wise to take the Metro for commuting in Washington D.C.  The metro line is big, and extremely extensive. Everything here is well connected. So don’t make the mistake of renting a car. Another way of getting around in the city is by hopping on the Hop Off bus tour. This can be a fun way of exploring all the popular landmarks and sights in the city. 


2. There is no entry fee in most of the museums and attractions. Woohoo!

The best thing about this city is that you can visit the best museums and tourist attractions free of cost. Hot tip: You should definitely visit the Ford’s Theatre where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. 


3. Don’t make the mistake of lighting up a joint on the grounds of National Mall.

Now, smoking marijuana is kind of legal in D.C. but that doesn’t mean you can smoke it on Federal grounds. Yes, the National Mall is home to many iconic monuments. These are family-friendly, historic places so do everyone a favour and don’t light one up. Please?


4. You have to plan ahead to visit some of the attractions. 

While most of the attractions in D.C. are open every day; there are some tourist attractions that require advance planning. Yup, that’s right. If you wish to visit the White House, U.S Capitol, Pentagon and the Washington Museum you should do your research well and buy your tickets in advance. 


5. Get served some authentic food at local cafes/restaurants.

Yes, there are many chain restaurants that you can dine in if you want to eat the usual thing. But if you want to try out some authentic Ethiopian, Cuban and Lao cuisines then you eat at a local restaurant or cafe. 


6. Make a visit to D.C. during winters.

Exploring Washington D.C. during winters can be a lot of fun but the same can’t be said if you visit this city during summers. Face-melting humidity is what you will encounter if you visit between June and August. Also summer time tends to be the season time here so if you want to avoid huge crowds then winters is the ideal time to make your visit. 


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