Of the New York Times' top 52 places to go in 2020, our very own Washington, DC came in at number one! You may be wondering, why now? Well, in addition to the city's already rich history, political precedence, memorials, monuments, and FREE exhibitions, DC culture is on the rise. Our nation's capital is one of the very few majority-minority cities in the country, so we have garnered a diverse culture of food, music, and art. Residents can barely keep up with all the new trending restaurants that are popping up with blended international influences. Now that our city has been nationally recognized as a top place to visit, hotels and lodging providers should prepare for an influx of visitors this year.
To help, goDCgo has developed a list of ways that hotels can support the use of alternative travel and ultimately prepare for the increased volume of visitors:
- Remain fully stocked with transportation maps, schedules, and other resources to make sure your guests can travel the city easily like a local. goDCgo can support you with the following FREE materials:
- Capital Bikeshare Passes
- DC Bike Map
- DC Circulator Map and Schedule
- Metrorail Guide Map
- Scooter Guide
- Share the joy of biking our city with Capital Bikeshare. With more visitors expected to visit the District in 2020, we have to be cognizant of the impact this will have on our transportation system. One easy way to keep the additional cars off the road is to introduce your guests to bikeshare! DC boasts one of the largest and most used bikeshare systems in the country. Contact goDCgo to learn about the special price options we have available for hotels and lodging providers to buy in bulk.
- Stay up-to-date with transportation changes and travel options available in the District. While we are fortunate to have many ways to get around DC including trains, buses, bikes, scooters, and more, our city still has challenges like occasional Metro shutdowns and schedule changes, limited scooter parking, and transit availability. Invite a goDCgo representative to train your staff on how to navigate transportation disruptions and events by learning about all the mobility options DC has to offer.
- Promote non-traditional DC sights and events for a brand new guest experience. While many visitors have done the “classic” DC visit to see the monuments and memorials, be in the know about what’s happening off the National Mall so you can share a different experience with returning guests. You'll also want to know how to sustainably navigate your way to these attractions so you can guide your guests when the time comes. Check out our events calendar to stay informed.
Although Washington, DC ranking number one comes as no surprise to us, this recognition is expected to draw in a very high volume of visitors in 2020. Make sure you're prepared to show them the best of the city and the simplest ways to get there. Skipping traffic and the search for parking will certainly enhance the guest experience and keep them coming back!