Visiting DC

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by John Ellis

Last year, about this time, I wrote a guide from the perspective of a local to help tourists plan their trip to DC. Since today is the first day of spring and spring and summer vacations are right around the corner, I’ve updated the article. I also have another article about hidden gems of DC that I’ll update in the next day or two.

Click the link below to help you plan your DC vacation:

https://adayinhiscourt.com/2016/03/14/a-locals-guide-to-visiting-dc/

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Hidden Gems of Washington DC

 

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by John Ellis

My Local’s Guide to DC was a long attempt to help tourists who want the stereotypical DC vacation. And there’s nothing wrong with that. The many sights and things to do that are highlighted in the previous post are truly wonderful and have the ability to help create an incredible family vacation. However, DC is a really large city with a lot of stuff to do that many tourists aren’t even aware exists; or, if they are aware, overlook. This post is my attempt to help those DC tourists who desire to see the DC that’s not on the beaten path, so to speak. Of course, with a city like DC, it is impossible for me to list everything. Not to mention the fact that there are many things in DC that I have yet to explore and enjoy myself.

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A Local’s Guide to Visiting DC

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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.

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