•Metro will open at 4 a.m. Parking fees vary by lot, but most run between $4.50 and $5 for the day. Fees are paid as drivers exit the lot, either with SmarTrip or credit cards. Three Metro stations will be closed on Inauguration Day: Smithsonian, Archives and
•Gates to the inaugural ceremonies open at 7 a.m. and organizers recommend arriving no later than 9 a.m. The musical prelude begins at 10 a.m. and the formal program begins at 11:30 a.m. Be prepared to pass through several security screenings. Tickets are color-coded and visitors must enter through the correct gate. A map of the gates is available at inaugural.senate.gov/2013.
•Visitors without tickets may watch the ceremony on the Mall west of Fourth Street. Entrances will be located along Constitution and Independence avenues.
•The inaugural parade is to begin about 2:35 p.m. Pennsylvania Avenue will be closed between the Capitol and the
•Traffic in Washington will be heavy and parking scarce. Visitors are encouraged to use mass transit and to leave early in the morning.
•Maryland's High Occupancy Vehicle lanes along Interstate 270 and U.S. 50 will be open to all traffic and HOV requirements will be lifted.
•Umbrellas, strollers, thermoses and coolers are prohibited. The complete list of prohibited items is available at inaugural.senate.gov/2013/prohibited-items.
•Dress warmly and have a backup transportation plan.