D.C. November 01, 2016
13 Surefire Ways To Always Spot A Tourist In Washington DC
In 2015, more than 19.3 million domestic tourists visited Washington DC and tourists spent 7.1 billion dollars in the district. So it’s safe to say that you are going to see many tourists if you are ever out and about in Washington DC. Here are 13 surefire ways to always spot a tourist in Washington DC.
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1. They are asking for directions to the White House.
Most people who live in DC know where the White House is and they don’t go there.
2. They are asking how to get to Georgetown.
There’s no metro to Georgetown. You have to take the bus.
3. They don’t realize you have to swipe your metro card on the way out of the metro.
You swipe on your way in and on your way out. It cuts down on people skipping the fare. You will slow down the line if you can’t find your card.
4. Speaking of the metro, you know they’re a tourist when they don’t have a SmarTrip card.
Logically, it just makes sense to get a SmarTrip card. Day passes are for suckers. You swipe on your way in and on your way out. It cuts down on people skipping the fare.
5. They are on a segway.
No self respecting DC local would be on a segway.
6. They have a selfie stick.
And they are posing in front of a monument.
7. They are wearing matching t-shirts.
We all know you’re here for your family reunion.
8. They are standing on the left side of the escalator.
You stand right and walk left! Everyone knows this.
9. They are excited about the Motorcade.
The tourists think they might see the president. The locals know they are going to be late to that meeting.
10. They are trying to figure out how to get places with a map.
Or a guidebook. If they have a guidebook, you can bet they are not from around here.
11. They’re asking about “Taxation without Representation.”
Or they don't know that DC is not a state.
12. They have an accent.
If you say “y’all” you are not from here.
13. They are eating at chain restaurants.
There are so many great DC local restaurants and you go to the chain one?
Even though it is full of tourists,
locals know Washington DC will always have their heart.