7 Tips for First Time Visitors to Washington, DC

Washington, DC is a busy, beautiful, and rich area filled with historical monuments, educational museums, and humbling memorials. The bus tours in Washington DC here at DC Trails are a great way to see the city for the first time. Here are seven tips for the first time visitor.

1) If Possible, Spend an Extra Day

There is so much going on in the DC area that it is impossible to see everything in a single day. Even a two-day tour won’t allow you to see everything, however, the Hop on Hop Off tours allow you to see DC at your own pace.

2) Dress for the Weather and Walking

Washington DC is beautiful all year round, but much of the site seeing is best done by foot, meaning you’ll want to dress in comfortable clothes with good walking shoes.

3) Bring Snacks and Drinks

While there are a number of venues that offer tasty snacks and refreshing beverages, they can be a bit overpriced. Instead, save your money and bring a selection of drinks and snacks with you.

4) Staying Safe in the City

Visiting a big city for the first time can be intimidating; however, being mindful of your surroundings and taking a few precautions, such as keeping a close eye on your bags and cash, can make a big city adventure safe for the whole family.

5) Prioritize Your Site Seeing

Even two-day bus tours in Washington DC don’t cover half of everything the city has to offer. Pick the locations you want to see most, and spend extra time there instead of trying to see everything at once. You can always come back for a second trip.

6) Mind the Entry Fees

While the Hop on Hop Off tours at DC Trails take you all over the DC area, tickets don’t include entry to the many local attractions. If you would like to go inside the museums, for example, you’ll have to cover the entry fee as well.

7) Don’t Skip the Twilight Tour

DC is beautiful in the day and breathtaking at night when the monuments and memorials light up. Your Hop on Hop Off tour includes the Twilight Tour, and we highly recommend taking advantage of this opportunity to see DC at night.

For more information regarding the bus tours in Washington DC, please contact DC Trails today!