3 Tips for Planning a Stress-Free Trip to Washington, DC
Planning a trip to Washington DC can be overwhelming and but stressful at the same time if you’ve never visited the city before, and you are not aware how the metro works, or if you are not familiar with the plethora of museums and historic sites in the city. Here are the three essential tips that will help you in planning a stress-free trip.
Fly or Drive
This decision primarily depends upon where you live. If you live from a day’s drive to DC, you can choose either option. But if you live somewhere which is more than 12-hour drive, or so then it driving all the way doesn’t make sense; then flying is the best option and you can also find some great flight deals to Washington.
Pick your Dates
The best time to visit Washington DC is during the week. During weekends the crowds are obviously larger, and it will take longer to get in and out of the museums, historical places making you wait for long hours in the queue. Thus, it is always better to plan your visit during the week to avoid the largest crowd. If possible, you can also avoid visiting during spring breaks and summer. But of course, if you’re planning with your young children, you won’t have that flexibility; still, you can do some research to ensure there are no huge festivals or protests scheduled while you are planning your vacation. If you do have the flexibility, I would suggest you visit during fall or the spring. The weather is just amazing during that time, more pleasant temperature-wise and there are fewer travelers. However, when visiting during spring make sure you know when the cherry blossoms are blooming because it is one of the most popular periods to visit Washington DC.
Pre-order Metro Cards
Avoid driving once you get to the place where you are staying. It is just not worth it! Leave everything and just take the metro, as simple as that. It is so simple, all you need to do is hop on the metro, zip to the National Mall or wherever you are going, hop off the metro, and enjoy your day. DC Metro stations are very clean, safe, and efficient. It is always better to pre-order metro cards and pre-load it with the amount that you think you might need during your visit. Doing this just cut out a step when you reach DC. Instead of figuring out the machines for buying a metro card and loading it up with fares, simply order it in advance. You can also download the app on your mobile phone for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) which provides you all the details about the maps and schedules for all the metro trains. It is convenient, especially for the people who are new to using the metro. However, if you don’t pre-order the metro card, you can always buy one from the metro station. Each station has employees stationed at the entrance of the station who are there to help the confused tourists.
Washington is a beautiful, historic city that’ll make you happy and giddy if you someone who like museums and historical places. If you know what all you want to see, make a plan for the most efficient ways to get to every museum you want to visit. And the three most essential tips stated above, if you keep them in mind while planning your trip, I am sure you will have a stress-free trip. Hence, enjoy the museums and monuments, take amazing pictures, and soak in the beauty of the city!