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3 Tips for Visiting Washington DC

by Daniel Pauly

A trip to Washington DC is a must for many travelers, and for good reason. The U.S. capital is a beautiful city full of museums and historical sites. Visitors can be entertained and educated at the same time. Before you embark on your trip, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Start With a Guided Tour

Washington DC is a very large city with many popular sites. A guided tour, especially by bus transportation Washington DC can help you get your bearings and determine which sites you’re most interested in returning to for a lengthier visit. Most visits are not long enough for you to see everything the city has to offer, so knowing where you’d like to focus can help you optimize your days.

Get Advanced Tickets and Reservations

If you want to tour the White House or U.S. Capitol Building, you’ll need to contact one of your senators or representatives well in advance of your trip to arrange access. Some museums also require advance tickets, even though admission is free. If you’d like to visit the Holocaust Memorial Museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, or the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, request tickets before your trip.

Know When to Go

Washington DC experiences all four seasons of weather, meaning some times of year are more comfortable than others to be outdoors. Spring and fall have moderate temperatures, making them popular times for tourists. Cherry blossoms abound around the National Mall in spring — a truly beautiful sight. That said, spring and fall are also the busiest times for tourism in the city, so if you prefer smaller crowds, don’t count out a winter trip. Summers can be brutally hot and humid, so plan plenty of indoor activities if you visit then.

Many travelers will make a trip to Washington DC during their lives. A little planning ahead can help ensure a fun and educational visit.