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Tips on Avoiding Washington D.C. Tourist Traps

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Washington D.C. Tourist Traps

While Washington, D.C. is a big draw for travelers, there are certain areas and attractions that are best avoided. These ones are more expensive than necessary and packed with tourists.

The Smithsonian Castle

Even though many tourists flock to The Smithsonian Castle, they don’t realize that there isn’t much to do inside. Staying outside the castle is wise: explore the outdoor gardens and then move on.

Touring the White House

Though The White House Tour used to be a must-see attraction, over the years it has become much moire of a hassle. Not only do tourists only see a fraction of what they used to on the tour, but getting in and through security has become a longer process. The online virtual tour of the White House is more thorough than the actual tour. With tickets needing to be obtained weeks in advance of taking the tour, those who have not already planned on doing it won’t be able to add it to their itinerary at the last minute.

Lincoln Memorial Gift Shop

Many tourists want to shop at the Lincoln Memorial Gift Shop even though it is far too small to accommodate the number of people that visit every day. While the shop does sell Washington DC souvenirs, it is recommended that tourists shop at any of the district’s many other souvenir stores as The Lincoln Memorial Gift Shop is overpriced and overcrowded. However, the Lincoln Memorial sees many tourists visiting its famous staircase for e a great view of the Washington Monument. For many tourists, this is as close as they feel the need to get.

Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about tourist traps Washington D.C.

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