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 Washington National Cathedral

Stained-glass windows, Gothic spires and flying buttresses make the Washington National Cathedral look ages old, but the grand church was actually constructed during the 20th century. Though overseen by the Episcopal Church, the house of worship welcomes people of all faiths to its impressive site...

National Cathedral Exterior
Visiting the Washington Monument

The Washington Monument is currently undergoing repairs. Check the National Park Service's website for updates before you plan your visit. Built to honor George Washington, the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and the first President of the United States, the Washington Monument is the...

Washington Monument Aerial Shot
How Can I Tour The White House?

Requesting a tour Touring the White House requires some advance planning. Public tour requests must be made through your member of Congress (find your member of Congress and contact information here ) and submitted up to six months in advance and no less than 21 days prior to your visit. If you...

The White House
16 Things to Do in Rock Creek Park

Rock Creek Park was founded in 1890 by the United States Congress as a recreational resource for the nation’s capital. These 1,800 acres cut a wide swath through Northwest Washington DC, providing a haven for people and wildlife. An oasis in a bustling city, most of Rock Creek Park consists of...

100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: Winter in DC

There are plenty of awesome winter-time recreation options in the District that will not cost you a cent. Dig in!

Korean Memorial
40+ Things to Do This October in Washington, DC

Events Taste of Georgetown – Oct. 1 Eat and drink your way through a Saturday afternoon in one of DC’s most historic neighborhoods during Taste of Georgetown. Now in its 23rd year, the event welcomes you and yours to try more than 60 dishes from 30 of Georgetown’s most popular eateries, including...

Halloween and Boo at the Zoo in 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 Freer Gallery of Art & Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Quick Note: The Freer Gallery, the Sackler Gallery’s sister museum, is closed for renovation and reopening in 2017. The Sackler remains open with a full lineup of exhibitions and events both in the museum and around town. The vibrant and colorful world of Asian art is all around at the Arthur M...

The Freer & Sackler Galleries - 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 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...

pentagon memorial