DO visit the Capitol area during a holiday weekend. The ease of getting around is worth the feeling of emptiness.
DON’T forego sites of civil rights activism because you’re uncomfortable. It’s just as important to face the tainted history of the country as it is to not repeat the same mistakes.
DO open your heart and your mind to the guides and people whose work is to bring about this awareness.
DO spend a day in the city’s streets going from one historic sign to the next.
DO take advantage of the sites. Most of them are free and more insightful than your average museum.
DON’T skip Riverfront Park. If you aren’t going to have a picnic out there on the lawn or take the riverboat, do at least walk out to the edge and take in the view.
DO spend an evening – or part of an evening – in the Alley Entertainment District to get a feel for what many people are raving about. I thought it was a letdown, but you should come to your own conclusions.
DO go as many places as you can on foot.
DO wear walking shoes. It’d be a shame to drive or try to walk with blisters when the city is made for long strolls.
DON’T worry about getting lost. If you stay in the Capitol area, it is simply too small to get lost even if you use nothing but landmarks as your guide.
– M. Ray Hall