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As you enjoy your time in our state Capitol, it is wise to stay alert to your surroundings at all times. As with any large city, keep your cash hidden, park in well-lit areas, keep personal items locked in the trunk of your car out of sight, always lock your car and RV, and when driving at night, stay on well-lit roads and don't walk alone. Once you decide what you would most like to see, it is a good idea to contact your state Representative or Senator and find out if you will need tickets or passes. It is best to do this as soon as possible. Also this gives you a good excuse to stop by their offices and see your tax dollars and voting power at work.
Since some buildings and institutions may close based on current intelligence info, you may want to check on the Washington Visitor's Information page , for updates on any closings or changes.
If you arrive during the summer months give yourself a light schedule of activities the first couple of days if you are not use to high humidity. Also riding the Metro may take some getting use to, but once you study the route maps, it's a great way to travel. Train lines are named for colors, route maps are posted inside each station and subway car, and each train displays the name of its farthest destination. If you want to study up in advance write Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, 600 Fifth St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20001, 202-637-7000.
Oh and a tip for you left handers, when you approach the entry turnstiles to the Metro, put your ticket in your right hand so that you slide it through the ticket machine to the right of you as you approach the turnstile. This will cause the turnstile directly in front of you to open. If like me, you don't think about this and use your left hand to put it into the ticket machine on your left you will find yourself baffled as the turnstile in front of you stays closed--until some kind stranger points out to you that you have opened the turnstile in the gate to your left instead of the one you intend to! Just another joy of being left handed.
If you plan on driving into DC, keep in mind that parking is limited and streets are very narrow. Because of this it is best to leave your rig in the campground and either take your tow vehicle, rent a small car, take the Metro, or make arrangements with one of the many tour companies.
If your fur babies should need to see a doctor in a hurry, contact the folks at the Friendship Hospital For Animals, 4105 Brandywine St. NW, 202-363-7300.
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