|Finding parking downtown is not always easy|
|Mid-afternoon traffic on I-66 in Virginia|
Morning hours are tough if you're looking to get downtown, and you do have HOV lanes to consider. Rush hour tends to start pretty early. Many locals head to work between 5 and 6:30 a.m. just to avoid the heaviest of traffic. For afternoons, keep in mind rush hour can start as early as 3 p.m. around here, but the 5 to 6 p.m. hours are the most congested. Having driven the Beltway during mid-day, it can be crowded, but, for the most part, you keep moving.
Traffic in D.C. is annoying, but on the plus side, there are so many wonderful things to see and do. With a bit of planning you can avoid some of the congestion and focus on having a good time.