Visitors to Washington, D.C.: What to do with them?

Crowds picnic at the National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden during one of the free jazz concerts in the garden.
Crowds picnic at the National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden during one of the free jazz concerts in the garden. (2006 Photo By Lucian Perkins/the Washington Post)
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, June 4, 2010

It's almost summer, which means only one thing:

The Tourists. Are. Coming.

Your best friend from college, who informs you she'll be in town for a summer wedding. Your little brother, scoping out a Hill job for next summer. Your parents, who can't wait to visit you . . . again.

Panicking?

You want to show them a memorable time packed with all the necessary sightseeing, a few surprises and, of course, great food. But so far, all you've ever managed to do is scribble directions to the White House on a napkin and send them on their way.

This year, we have you covered.

We created six perfect weekend agendas to showcase the city and keep your guests happy, interested and full, no matter who they are (yes, even the picky eaters).

Oh, but first, a tip: Winging it may seem like a hip way to see Washington, but try it and your guests' most memorable D.C. experience will be the hours they spent standing in lines. Why wait when you can reserve spots not only for restaurants, but also for bars and even the Washington Monument?

The only downside? Your guests might love Washington so much, they'll want to come back.



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