Despite shutdown, plenty to do in D.C.

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Destination DC (DDC) launched a campaign to let visitors know that Washington is open for business despite the partial government shutdown. 

The "DC is Open" campaign reminds travelers that there is more to DC than the government-run attractions that are currently closed.

"While we're disappointed the Smithsonian museums and National Zoo, National Gallery of Art and National Archives are now closed, the vast majority of things for visitors to see and do throughout Washington, D.C.'s neighborhoods remain open," said Elliott Ferguson, CEO of DDC. "It's a great time to find a deal in the city and explore The Wharf, our Michelin-rated dining scene, watch a hockey or basketball game, or see a show."

During the shutdown, open air parks and memorials on the National Mall remain accessible as are many museums. DDC has a list of what's open and closed on its website, along with "shutdown deals." 

Kate Gibbs, DDC's senior media relations manager, said that it's too early to tell whether visitation has taken a hit due to the shutdown, and that the first week of January is thankfully not a peak travel time for the city. 

"By no means has the capital ground to a halt," she said, adding that the Library of Congress, Newseum, National Building Museum and US Holocaust Memorial Museum are among dozens of open places. 

DDC originally debuted a "DC is Open" campaign in 2013, when the government shut down for 16 days.

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