While many east coast cities, namely New York, and Boston, can be quite expensive, Washington, DC is more affordable. Why? Because many attractions in the city are free, easily accessed by public transportation, and appeal to wide range of ages. Here are a few to consider on your next trip to our nation’s capitol.
The National Mall, and all of the monuments and memorials are free.
You can visit President Biden at the White House, if you make arrangements through your US Senator or Congressman.
All of the Smithsonian Museums are free. I love them!
The Kennedy Center has free tours, as well as free daily concerts.
The Library of Congress does not require a library card!
It may be difficult to get into the US Capitol Building after the trump inspired insurrection, and the lone terrorist who stabbed two capitol police officers. I would stay away for a while.
The Bureau of Printing and Engraving will show you how money is made.
The Maine Avenue Fish Market, though not free, will cook and season your seafood to order.
Though my hero Ruth Bader Ginsburg is no longer there, the Supreme Court may be visited with free 30 minute lectures in the main hall.
The place President Lincoln was assassinated, Ford’s Theater, is still here on Tenth Street.
The most popular memorial on the mall is the Korean War Veterans Memorial.
A personal favorite is the ML King Memorial, with quotations from his “I have a dream” speech.
Georgetown is free, but I guarantee that if you hang around long enough, you will buy or eat something.
Choose wisely, as you will soon realize that there are more places to visit than hours in the day.
My personal favorites are:
National Japanese American Memorial
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
The cherry blossoms in the Tidal Basin (my reason for going again)
National Museum of African American History and Culture (featuring Lemoore’s Tommy Smith)
Clyde’s of Georgetown (I always have lunch here, brings back fond memories of previous visits)
What are some of your favorites?