Though the District naturally encourages you to utilize its public transportation system as a way to avoid the headache of parking (a headache that's grown more intense over the past two years), there will come a time where you will have to find a parking spotassuming you drive. Signs restricting parking spots to residents of certain zones have become the norm, which is good for residents of popular neighborhoods who struggle to find parking spots near their homes because of happy hour and nightlife addicts, although it's tightened the grip on D.C.'s parking stranglehold.

The lone upside here is that you become quite skilled at reading parking signs, lest you get a ticket.