by John Ellis
Tourist season has begun, and DC area residents are wondering if trading the cold for the fanny-packed masses sporting brightly colored t-shirts is worth it. If you doubt the locals’ feelings towards tourists, next time you see my eleven year old daughter, call her a tourist and prepare to have your head bitten off. It’s not that locals don’t empathize with tourists; most of us, before moving here, visited DC. It’s that tourists often don’t do themselves any favors in the eyes of the locals.
DC is an incredibly busy city without tourists, and tourists impede on our daily lives. That’s not necessarily a bad thing; the things that make this city a great place to live and work draw tourists. Locals realize that we can’t have it both ways. However, we do wish that tourists would be more intentional about how they interact with our city. Since tourist season is right around the corner, I would like to offer some helpful tips to those of you who are planning on visiting DC in the near future.