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BALLANTYNE | escape To get around, the Metro, National Mall Circulator bus, cycling and walking are your best bets. Here's an inside tip: Don't be an "escalefter," Beltway commuters' pejorative for tourists who stand on the left side of Metro escalator stairs during rush hour, blocking those in a hurry. Left: The air and space museum houses a wide variety of exhibits and historical information. Below: A current display at the International Spy Museum is "Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains." TICKETS TO THE CAPITOL, WHITE HOUSE Free tickets for the U.S. Capitol tour are available through N.C. Congressman Robert Pittenger's Washington offce (202- 225-1976), where staffers take groups of 15 or fewer, helping you avoid the general lines. For free tickets to White House tours, you must call at least 21 days ahead, but it's advisable to request tickets up to fve months in advance. Since White House tours can be canceled on a moment's notice, Destination DC's Katie Gibbs suggests visiting the White House Visitor Center for a touchscreen tour and then shopping at the White House Historical Association Gift Shop for an unusual memento, such as a letter opener with a saber designed for George Washington or White House Christmas ornaments. T I C K E T S T O BALLANTYNE | escape Photo courtesy of International Spy Museum Photo courtesy of National Air and Space Museum 92 BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE SPRING 2016

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