Savvy travelers know the most exciting times to visit the nation’s capital: any presidential inauguration, when the cherry trees are in bloom and Fourth of July weekend. Being in the District during these events adds more to your vacation experience than just hopping from a museum to the sightseeing bus to a monument. You’ll head to special weekend events like the Independence Day Parade, dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives and A Capitol Fourth Concert, and surely loathe large crowds by the end of your trip. Keep your sanity intact by dividing your time between the city-sponsored people-packed fests and local experiences you won’t want to miss. Before you find your travel type below (or mix and match) for a variety of things to do in DC proper, always remember to stand to the right on Metro escalators or be trampled by the locals:
The Foodie Bar-Goer
You’re not interested in mere food and drinks; you seek a culinary and mixology experience on every trip.
The Outdoorsy Sportster
Museums are interesting for you, if it’s winter. When the sun’s shining you’d rather be active outside.
The Touristy Tourist
With Lonely Planet in your bag and a 24- or 48-hour tour bus ticket, you’re determined to see all and do all in DC.
The Cultured Artist
The crowd you associate with and the vibe you’re used to won’t be found among thousands of sweaty tourists on the National Mall.