The government shutdown might have put a damper on any plans you might have made if you’re visiting Washington, D.C. this week. With all national parks and museums closed, a lot of the popular spots that tourists usually visit aren’t accessible. The bright side? D.C. is full of fun things to do. This list of places to go and things to do during the shutdown will give you a full Washington, D.C. experience without having to break into a national park (really, that’s a bad idea. Don’t do that, ever).

1. Nightly Spirits Tours

Nightly Spirits

 photo via Facebook

Nightly Spirits hosts haunted pub tours that is a way to tour D.C. and get into the holiday spirit. They offer tours in Georgetown, Old Town, White House, and Capitol Hill. The tours cover some of the most historic spots and pubs in Washington, D.C., and you are guaranteed some chilling and scary moments! Ghosts plus beers? Count me in.

2. Take a Class or Go to a Lecture


 photo via Groupon

Though your first reaction might be, “School on vacation? No.” give this a chance! You can take a class or go to a lecture on almost anything you have an interest in. Washington, D.C. is a huge intellectual hub. The Writer’s Center offers classes, workshops, and lectures in D.C. Learning something on vacation can be a fun thing, give it a chance.

3. Go to a Jazz Concert or Club


photo via Bohemian Caverns

Washington, D.C. is known for its jazz clubs and concerts. Check out Bayou D.C. for live music every Friday and Saturday or go to Bohemian Caverns, the largest and one of the most legendary jazz clubs in D.C.

4. Go on a Segway Night Tour

Segway Recalls 23,500 Units

photo via DC.About

Tours can be boring, but a segway night tour is an original way to tour the city while being on a segway at the same time. Don’t know how to ride a segway? No problem. BEfore going on the tour, the guides give you plenty of instruction and lost of test runs before taking on the city.

What spots are you visiting during this government shutdown?

Rebecca is (secretly Linda Belcher) a senior at Iona College, studying Mass Communications. She loves to travel, coffee, and her dog. Fan of boy bands, big hair, and everything bagels. Professional shade thrower and wearer of beanies.


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