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Travel Tips for Washington DC

There is so much to do in Washington that demands appreciable amount of travel time. However, if you have a week to spare, you may visit the National Mall, wander around the museums or the beautiful parks, see the amazing monuments or simply take some snaps in front of the White House. Though the itinerary demands a fast pace, you are rewarded with a rich experience, having taken a peek into the history and scenic beauty of America’s capital. The question is: how to get from place to place in an affordable, but speedy manner?

Transportation in Washington DC

Metrorail and Metrobus

Metrorail and Metrobus are the most convenient and efficient ways to travel. Where Metrorail doesn’t offer connections, Metrobus lines are all connected. Metrobus covers 338 routes in the city. It operates from 5:00 in the morning until 12:00 at night. Most of stations are located near Washington monuments and museums.

DC Circulatoris another fantastic and affordable transportation alternative; costs only $1 per trip. It is designed to cover routes that offer easy access points to many places of interest throughout the city. This transport is most popular for travellers, some stops are connected with famous Washington DC hotels. Metro One day Passoffers great value at $7.80 per person if you are planning to travel for at least 5 times within the same day.

Easy transportation

If you are planning to travel a lot and want to travel in your own time, it makes sense to use taxis, cabs or rental cars. Transport from Washington DC airport to your hotel could be convenient and easy. You can book a transfer here.

Areas in Washington DC visitors should avoid

Just like any other big city, there are places to avoid in Washington DC, especially the Sixth and Seventh police districts. This is the area east of the Anacostia River. Other places where you need to stay vigilant are the DC Metro, Columbia Heights, Dupont Circle, Chinatown, Adams Morgan and Georgetown. In these areas it is wise not to wander into dimly lit areas or isolated streets. Don’t walk alone. Taxis are a good, economical way to go around at night.

Smithsonian Museums

Be prepared for the new security policies that have been enforced in all the museums here. Take advantage of the gift shops here, as the gifts are tax-free.

How to avoid crowds

Visit the historical attractions during evening, as there are fewer crowds. Coupled with the sunset, the view become picturesque. Start into town after the morning rush hour when heavy traffic isn’t there; most tourist attractions open after 10 am.

Parking

You can park at the Union Station for a day for about $22, if you are planning to visit sites at that end. You can park at the Ronald Reagan Building (for $23 on weekdays and $13 on weekends) if you are visiting attractions in the west side of the town.

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