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An Overview of the Smithsonian Institution Museums in Washington, DC

Museums farther than the eye can see Collectively called the Smithsonian Institution, the world-renowned museum and research complex consists of 17 museums and galleries in Washington, DC, as well as the National Zoo . From the origins of man at the Natural History Museum to the future of space...

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Free Things to Do: Off the Beaten Path in Washington, DC

Of all the free things to do in Washington, DC, many are offbeat and unusual, but essential sites to see all the same. These hidden treasures should be on everyone’s DC bucket list. So, survey our unique things to do below and take your DC exploration off the beaten path without having to pay a...

Children on Albert Einstein Memorial - Off-the-beaten path memorial in Washington, DC
Everything You Need to Know About DC’s Signature Dish: The Half-Smoke

What is a half-smoke? Paris has croissants, Baltimore has crab cakes, and Washington, DC has something called a half-smoke. The town’s signature dish is a sausage, generally smoked before it’s grilled. They’re often a bit spicier and made of meat that’s more coarsely ground than a hot dog. Sources...

Ben's Chili Bowl - Places to Eat on U Street - Washington, DC
Free Things to Do: Events, Festivals & More in Washington, DC

With access to free museums, the monuments and memorials, the Library of Congress and more, Washington, DC is unrivaled for its many free attractions . But at any given time, you can also take advantage of free one-of-a-kind events, groundbreaking exhibits and unique festivals, making DC the...

National Mall during the National Cherry Blossom Festival Kite Festival - Top reasons to visit Washington, DC
Free Things to Do: Museums in Washington, DC

Washington, DC is filled with free museums, from Smithsonians including the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Museum of Natural History and the National Air and Space Museum, to art-filled museums like the Freer|Sackler Galleries and the National Gallery of Art...

@ericabakerphoto - Family at the National Gallery of Art East Building on the National Mall - Free museum in Washington, DC
Free Things to Do: Summer in Washington, DC

As you plan your family trip to DC, we’re here to remind you of all the free things to do this summer in the District. From July 4th fireworks and holiday concerts to special events like the Memorial Day parade, summer in Washington, DC makes for an unforgettable time, and it doesn’t have to hurt...

Family on National Mall near Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture - Summer Vacation in Washington, DC
Visiting the Smithsonian National Zoo

The National Zoo is right for you It’s not all elephants and donkeys in DC. At the National Zoo , visitors can find all sorts of animals that don’t subscribe to party lines. Lions, tigers, giraffes and the zoo’s beloved giant pandas are just some of the 2,000 animals that call the 163-acre park...

Smithsonian National Zoo Giant Panda - Washington, DC
Free Things to Do: International Experiences in Washington, DC

As the nation’s capital, DC is, by nature, an international city. Through free events, festivals, museums and activities, DC shows its global side. So, during your family trip to Washington, DC, make sure to check out all the wonderful international things to do that we’ve detailed below.

@lindsaymaizland - Visitor at the U.S. National Arboretum's National Bonsai & Penjing Museum - Free international experience in Washington, DC
13 Can’t-Miss Free Museums on the National Mall

To go with its monuments and memorials, the National Mall boasts an impressive lineup of free museums. Visitors should take advantage of the wide range of experiences on hand, from immersing themselves in classic art to marveling at the wonders of aviation and our natural world. Let your wallet...

Henry the Elephant at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History - Free museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC
19 Budget-Friendly Date Ideas in Washington, DC

The nation’s capital is quite the place to have a low-cost date night or romantic getaway. From its majestic monuments, memorials and museums to its world-class venues and attractions, Washington, DC has everything that a couple could want in the perfect date night – including a wealth of...

@pearlrough - Couple standing in front of Lincoln Memorial at night - Romantic attractions in Washington, DC