Free Attractions

Explore DC’s museums, memorials and other attractions without breaking the bank. There are more than 100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do in Washington, DC.

Visiting the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

What is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and where is it? The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is situated on a four-acre site along the Tidal Basin, adjacent to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memoria l and shares a direct line of sight between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials. Its official...

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Spring
Visiting the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial

A visit to the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial is a solemn and powerful reminder of the very human cost of war. The memorial “conveys a combination of strength and vulnerability, of loss and renewal… through juxtaposition of granite and glass,” according to the National Park Service,...

american veterans disabled for life memorial
Top Spots to Photograph the Cherry Blossoms

Expert photographers will tell you, taking a captivating cherry blossom shot requires the right scene. Another thing they'd tell you is to take a picture at the right moment. For the blossoms, that's during peak bloom, which typically occurs around early April, but in the past has occurred as early...

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Visiting Arlington National Cemetery

An Overview The Arlington National Cemetery is the country’s largest military cemetery and serves as the final resting place for more than 400,000 active duty military, veterans and their immediate family from the fronts of Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as World Wars I and II, the Korean conflict,...

Arlington National Cemetery White Gravestones
100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: African American History & Culture

Washington, DC’s history is entwined with its large population of African American residents, as evidenced by the more than 200 sites on the African American Heritage Trail in the city. Here are more than 20 important sites that celebrate the history and experience of African Americans in the...

Funk parade
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 home...

Smithsonian National Zoo Giant Panda
Visiting the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial

Where and what is the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial? The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial is the first national memorial dedicated to the tragic events that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001. All 184 lives lost in the attack on the Pentagon are represented by “Memorial Unit” benches. Surrounding the...

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Visiting the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum

A museum that goes above and beyond Glimpse the 1903 Wright Flyer, run your hands over moon rock and experience the larger-than-life world of aviation and space travel at the National Air and Space Museum . Since opening on the National Mall in 1976, this hub of all things flight has educated and...

National Air & Space Museum Washington, DC
Visiting the Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Since its opening in 1993 in the historic City Post Office Building, the Smithsonian National Postal Museum has served to honor and celebrate America’s proud postal history. Located next to Union Station in DC’s NoMa neighborhood , the museum houses a vast collection of stamps, postal artifacts and...

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Visiting the Lincoln Memorial

The experience The Lincoln Memorial towers over the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall . The structure anchors the western end of the Mall, and is a must-see for every visitor to the nation’s capital. The best way to approach the Memorial is from the east, by the Washington Monument and the...

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