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Posted at 3:06 AM ET, 01/16/2009

Things Every D.C. Tourist Should Know

By Anne Kenderdine

In today's Style section, Monica Hesse writes a letter to tourists with tips on navigating the city. Since there are so many visitors descending here these days, they probably need all the help they can get.

So let's play friendly tour guide: What other things are totally obvious to us locals but not to D.C. newbies? We'll throw out a few to get you started -- then you can add more in the comments.

There's no smoking in (almost every) D.C. bar and restaurant.
Don't eat or drink on the Metro. Seriously. You will be arrested.
There's no Metro in Georgetown.
That neighborhood with the big circle and fountain in the middle? It's pronounced DU-pont, not du-PONT.
If you're going to the zoo, get off at the Cleveland Park Metro stop. When you're leaving the zoo, walk down Connecticut to the Woodley Park station.
Not all the
Smithsonian museums are on the Mall, and not everything on the Mall is part of the Smithsonian.

-- Anne

By Anne Kenderdine  | January 16, 2009; 3:06 AM ET
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walk left, stand right on metro escalators. there are/will be people trying to get to work even though you are on vacation with no schedule!!

Posted by: bugmenotplease | January 16, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

agree with the first post - if they follow only one rule I think it should be that one.

...and 1 metro card per person.

oh and don't be surprised when there's a line for the bar/bathroom/restaurant/anything else.

Posted by: lawgirlguru | January 16, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Pay close attention to the quadrant part of the street name (NW, NE, SW, SE) - it matters. A lot.

Also, there is no J street.

Posted by: wethmank | January 16, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

And the left side of the escalator is for walking, not standing!! Take your time on the right side, leave the left for the folks with a place to go!!

Posted by: hdn58 | January 16, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Emphasizing something that Monica pointed out about Metro - you need your farecard to get OUT of the station. Also, the gates that are extra wide spit your farecard out where you put it in, not up top. You must remove your farecard once it's been processed for the gates to open.
If you don't know anything about "The Smithsonian" then head towards the red-brick Castle building and get a map/guide.

Posted by: AUniqueMyPostID | January 18, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

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