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Tourists turned away from iconic museums and more today

Tourists and visitors to federally funded museums must change their plans today. Destinations and services are being hit or shuttered across the country.  From the Washington Mall to California’s Golden Gate National Recreational Area, plans have been disrupted. Reactions of visitors from the US and abroad are voiced in Tourists turned away from iconic Bay Area spots – SFGate.

Please check if your planned destination (real or virtual) is closed because of the Federal Government shutdown. Is one of the Smithsonian museums in your plans today? Think again.

Because of the federal government shutdown, all national parks are closed and National Park Service webpages are not operating. For more information, go to www.doi.gov.

Huffington Post has much more fresh content on this then I have here and it’s important for visitors and locals to plan accordingly. WJLA, the Washington DC ABC affiliate has an online list of affected (to one extent or another) federal services, from air travel to courts. Border security for those entering the US will continue to function for now.

How long will this last?

This is an unknown. The Washington Post, in an article published Monday, September 30 has a good backgrounder for those saying “Right On!” or “WTF?” Politico has an article on what could happen if a deadlocked Congress fails to deal with the budget crisis before the debt ceiling hits on October 17 which would greatly exacerbate the disruptions.

Why a nasty parliamentary act in a dispute over national health care could bring the government to its knees is an issue I urge you to think about. You may have time for it if your planned visit to a federal office, national park or a museum leaves an opening in your day. Oddly enough (or not) the New York State site for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare, ACA) experienced extremely high traffic as the historic US  national health care program rolled out October first. Which act is more important for the country is an interesting question.

distant US Capitol dome

U.S. Capitol SOTU eve, 2011 – photo Russ Imrie

Russell Imrie is a  Networking and Content Specialist, webmaster and an American Indian blogger living in the Washington DC area. More opinion pieces are at China Daily Mail and MediaSeenToo

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The Inaugural ceremony and parade – map, apps, Metro Info for Monday January 21, 2013

The Inaugural ceremony and parade – The Washington Post. In “Related Articles” at the bottom of this post , get your Inauguration app!

Follow the link above to the WAPO map – driving parking, and some walking is going to be a bit limited so it’s important to check this out.

Inauguration Map - click to go to the Washington Post site and full map

Inauguration Map – click to go to the Washington Post site and full map

Something like 500,000 people will be in the area so plan accordingly. Metro will be running rush hour schedules AND fares! Check out their this site and sign up for email and text message alerts and follow their Twitter feed. http://www.wmata.com/getting_around/metro_events/metro_rider_guide.pdf