10/03/2013 09:12 am ET Updated Dec 01, 2016

Shutdown? What Shutdown? How to Prevent the Government Closures From Ruining Your D.C. Vacation

You don't have to let the political antics on Capitol Hill spoil your travel fun in Washington D.C.

While Congress battles it out over the budget during the first government shutdown in 17 years, many favorite attractions -- from the Smithsonian to the temporarily barricaded Mall -- are closed to the public.

We at have posted the Washington D.C.: All Shut Down and Somewhere to Go guide for enjoying your time in D.C. while the congress members sweat it out. From art and theater to hiking trails and great drink specials, there's so much to do you just may be saddened when the conflict is resolved.

Shutdown? What Shutdown?: How to prevent the government closures from ruining your D.C. vacation

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