Best Free Things to Do in Washington

First of all, in case you are wondering, Washington, D.C. is not a cheap city. But who says budget travelers are not welcome to the capital of the United States? Washington is often linked with extravagant politicians, activists, and diplomats, and rightly so because it is home to some of the country’s most powerful bureaucrats.

Visit the Capitol Building

The Capitol Building is the meeting place of the United States Congress, which is also one of the world’s most recognizable legislative buildings. Symbolically eminent and architecturally dramatic, the Capitol Building is a worldwide famous domed building. Free tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and it deliberately hosts millions of visitors each year. Seize the one-in-a-million opportunity to see something this impressive without spending a penny!

Explore the Smithsonian Museums

Founded on August 10, 1846, the Smithsonian Museums or simply the Smithsonian is a cluster of museums and research centers managed by the government of the United States. All the museums of the Smithsonian are free for visitors, and the free Wi-Fi comes as a bonus! Do yourself a favor and enter the largest museum, education, and research complex in the world. You heard it right! Check out the Air and Space Museum, African American Museum, National Zoo, and Portrait Gallery, to name a few.

Tour the National Mall

First things first, the National Mall is not your typical mall (for shopping), but it is actually a park overflowing with monuments. Washington is synonymous with monuments, and your visit to the capital will remain incomplete if you don’t visit the National Mall. A huge tree-lined park with plenty of pathways and stunning monuments, and a perfect day trip destination- that’s the kind of mall we meant! Make sure you find your way to the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, and many more.

See the National Zoo

For those traveling with kids, animal enthusiasts, and young at heart, the National Zoo is an excellent stop. The National Zoo opened in 1889, and is a shelter to more than 1,800 animals and covers up to 160 acres of space. Animals such as lemurs, great apes, elephants, pandas, and reptiles call this safe haven their home. What’s so special about this zoo is that it is one of the first of its kind in the world, making it stand out from the rest. And as part of the Smithsonian, it is completely free of charge!

Drop by the White House

What is a trip to Washington if you don’t see the White House? Just a reminder that it is one of the world’s most iconic buildings that was built in 1792 and burned during the War of 1812, but reconstructed- a powerhouse ever since. This official residence and office of the President of the United States of America are available for a free tour, how cool is that! Organize a trip to the White House for a fun and educational experience, and even catch a glimpse of the president, who knows!

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