You can’t say you’ve seen the US without seeing Washington, although hotels are expensive, and parking is a problem, the country’s capital is full of free attractions and everything you can do.
The White House and the Pentagon
Admission to President’s Park is free and gives frugal travelers a great view of the White House. The visitor center has very nice permanent exhibits. White House tours can be arranged for groups of 10 or more. However, applications must be received in at least six months.
Pentagon tours are also available. They also need to be arranged well ahead of time.
Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument
The National Mall and Memorial Parks contain some of the most important U.S. monuments. These include the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument within walking distance. The mall itself is a great place for picnics and people watching. Admission is free
When I think of the Smithsons, I think of the Smithsonian Castle, the first building. Admission, as to all 17 Smithsonian buildings and the National Zoo, is free. There are also free tours. The building itself is beautiful. Exhibits? This is the Smithsons.
National Museum of Natural History
Another Smithsonian Museum, the National Museum of Natural History, is a favorite of children. They feed on tarantulas, dinosaurs and preserved animals. As with all Smithsonian museums, the National Museum of Natural History is free.
National Museum of American History
Another free Smithsonian museum, the National Museum of American History, showcases American culture and history. From ruby red slippers to full-size locomotives, come up with an American icon and you’ll probably find it in this museum.
Washington D.C. full of free tourist attractions. The focus is on American politics, history and culture. The Smithsonian Museums, just a lovely rainy day, can take weeks. The city is a must-visit for both American guests and residents.