If you are looking for an outdoor stroll, check out the Landmarks along The National Mall and Washington D.C. Monuments:
- The Jefferson Memorial
- The Lincoln Memorial
- World War II Memorial
- Korean War Memorial
- Vietnam Memorial Wall
- Grant Memorial
- the Washington Monument
- and the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Any visit to Washington D.C. would be amiss, without a trip to The Smithsonian Institution. The complex includes 19 museums and galleries, all of which offer free admission. Don't forget to visit The Smithsonian Gardens, while you're there.
A number of Washington D.C.'s other attractions are also free to see:
- The White House
- National Archives
- Library of Congress
- Arlington National Cemetery
- The National Portrait Gallery
- National Postal Museum
- The Old Stone House in Rock Creek Park
- National Air and Space Museum
- Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens
- The Kennedy Center - free performances every evening at 6 o'clock
- The National Theatre - free family-oriented shows Saturday mornings
- National Art Gallery - free gallery admission and concerts Sundays at 6:30pm
- George Washington University's Orchestra - free concerts
- The Phillips Collection Modern Art Museum - free admission Tues - Fri
Meridian Park has a thirteen-basin cascade fountain and a number of finely crafted statues and memorials. In addition, it is the home of the famous drum circle every Sunday from 3 to 9 pm.
Ford's Theatre and the Petersen House offer free admission as well, however, you'll need to plan your visit in advance as they do require a timed entry ticket.
Washington DC has a number of free festivals throughout the year, including:
- the National Cherry Blossom Festival
- the Source Festival
- and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
Check out the Washington Metro for transportation costs. It may be cheaper to put a Smartrip card into your travel budget, rather than paying for parking and taxi fares.
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Take note, if you are planning a trip to Washington DC, expect to spend a lot of time, or to take more than one trip if you would like to see all there is to see. One could easily spend a full day in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, alone!