Visit the USA: Washington

There’s no denying that Washington D.C is a pricy destination to visit due to all the expensive meals and fancy hotels the nations’ capital has on offer. However, most of the things in terms of attractions are absolutely free. Whether you are searching for historical sights, a fun day with the family, a quiet day for yourself, or loads of excursions around the town, Washington comes equipped with a vast selection of recreational and cultural activities that won’t break the bank in the process.

The National Mall

This is undoubtedly the first stop for most tourists that visit Washington, and the best part about it is that most of the attractions are absolutely free. With several historic sites and museums, there are loads of things to do and see to keep you occupied. You can look forward to world-class museums like The U.S Holocaust Memorial Museum, the National Air and Space Museum, and National Gallery of Art Museum, and Smithsonian.

National Zoo

The Washington National Zoo is situated within the gorgeous Rock Creek Park which forms part of the incredible Smithsonian Institution. With free admission, you’ll be treated to over 400 different animal species, including the famous pandas, making it one of the most children-friendly destinations in the capital.

Kennedy Centre

This is considered the premier concert hall in Washington, offering free performances every single evening at around 18:00 pm. Popular programs include incredible performances by jazz musicians, dance troupes, poets, and the National Symphony Orchestra among others. You will also find a vast selection of seasonal festivals and free guided tours to receive more information about this remarkable place.

U.S Capitol

When you visit the U.S Capitol, please remember that guided tours are absolutely free of charge. However, they do require tickets which are given on a first-serve, first-come basis, so ensure you get there early. While you wait for the tour to start, you are more than welcome to browse through the galleries which are on display at the Capitol Visitor Centre, portraying historical artefacts, live video feeds from the Senate House, and a 10-foot Capitol Dome model which you can touch.

National Gallery of Art

This phenomenal art museum comes equipped with some of the most valuable collections of masterpieces across the globe. It features decorative arts, sculptures, photographs, prints, drawings, and paintings. You will also get the opportunity to explore both the West and East buildings and you’ll be allowed to take a stroll outside where you can visit the Sculpture Garden of the National Gallery of Art.

Arlington National Cemetery

Over 330,000 servicemen from America, including famous Americans, are all buried in this 624-acre cemetery in Arlington. Visitors are allowed to walk the grounds at no additional charge or opt-in to take a very informative bus tour. We also recommend that you witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony when visiting the Arlington House as the Tomb of the Unknowns. The best views in Washington can be seen from this lovely destination.