General Tips for Traveling in Washington, D. C.

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Various Useful Tips to Aid Travelers to Washington, D. C. Aug 06, 2011
This is a continual work-in-progress. I'll keep updating it as I think of more useful information to share.

CLOTHING - In the summer Washington is very hot and humid. If you spend the day sightseeing in cotton clothing it'll soon become soaked with sweat that won't evaporate due to the humidity. I suggest you wear moisture-wicking clothing (including undergarments) like that offered by Under Armour. You'll be MUCH more comfortable.

SAFETY - You don’t have to worry about pickpocketing in Washington as you do in other cities. In fact, I’ve never heard of anyone being pickpocketed in Washington before.

TRANSPORTATION - On the Metro (subway) there is an informal rule that when riding an escalator you should stand on the right side and pass on the left. This allows people rushing to catch a connecting train to get by. This isn’t posted anywhere and there’s no way for a tourist to know this. However, this simple tip can help you avoid the ire of impatient locals. Actually, this 'stand right, pass left' rule rule applies to all escalators in the Washington area.
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HuBison says:
Stand on the RIGHT and pass on the LEFT is also important on US airport people movers, all escalators in the US, and on bike/rollerblade paths.
Posted on: Aug 06, 2011
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