One of the reasons I love Washington DC so much is that it’s actually a super cheap place to visit. My friends and I spent one whole day in DC and only spent money on corn dogs and delicious New York-style pizza. There is just so much to do in DC and you can do it all without spending a dime! Here is a list of free things to do in Washington DC that will excite both you and your wallet.
1) Tour the Monuments & Memorials
You could easily spend a whole day just viewing all the different monuments and memorials in Washington DC. Luckily, they are all free to view! I recommend visiting them at night too!
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2) The National Zoo
Known for its Giant Panda conservation and breeding program
3) The Bureau of Engraving & Printing
Offers free tours on a first come, first serve basis
4) National Air & Space Museum
If you love all things flight and space, this museum is for you!
5) The Museum of Natural History
See the famous Hope Diamond, among other engaging exhibits
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6) Arlington National Cemetary
Pay your respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
7) The White House
You can sign up for a free tour through your States’ Members of Congress. Must have reservations at least three weeks in advance.
8) Cherry Blossom Festival
See Washington DC coated in a blanket of pink blossoms
9) Walking Tours
Check out DC by Foot for some free walking tours. (Though tipping is highly encouraged)
10) The National Archives
See the actual Constitution of the United States
11) Smithsonian American Art Museum
The nation’s first collection of American art
12) The Library of Congress
So much more than just a library. You have to see this place.
13) The National Museum of American History
See the actual flag that inspired the US National Anthem
14) The National Theater
Bring the kids for a free program on Saturday mornings
15) The National Postal Museum
See America’s postal stamps throughout history
16) The Holocaust Museum
Incredibly impactful. Just go
17) The Capitol Building
Make sure to book tours in advance!
18) Union Station
A train station over 100 years old, with some incredible architecture
19) Kennedy Center
Watch a free performance every evening at 6:00PM
20) US Supreme Court
Witness a court ruling. Check here for visiting hours
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Love DC it such a great city. With lots of great restaurants! The subway system is also clean and effective. What really make it great is that so many of the attractions are free. Its a great city to do on a budget it you can get a hotel deal.