Countdown to closure:

As the first federal shutdown in more than 15 years draws ever closer, questions abound: Why did Congress wait so long to pass the budget? How long do they have to decide? What would close, and who would have to keep working?

And, if Monday rolls around and you find your office shuttered — where should you go for lunch??

For all those choosing to observe the looming shutdown as a an unofficial “Government Worker Spring Break,” the Post’s Going Out Guide staff has you covered.

The guide has suggestions on what to do (private galleries are in; federally funded Smithsonian museums are out), where to eat (try a leisurely multi-course lunch), and where to drink (why not start happy hour at 11 a.m.?).

Check out the diversions guide, and find additional information and resources on the Post’s Government Shutdown 2011 page.

Tell us: Faced with a furlough, how would you make the most of your days?