One main thing every traveler is interested in while they travel around the globe is finding no-fee attractions. Washington DC is loved by most tourists for the reason that most of the famous attractions like monuments, museums, galleries, memorials, etc. there are free. The historic and cultural venues of the place are also free of charge and this can make DC tours more appealing to every traveler. This doesn’t mean that the capital of the US is a budget-friendly destination for travelers. Listed below are some of the major sights to explore that don’t cost you much.
Get to Know the Three Branches of Government
After getting into Washington DC, you can get to see the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the federal government of the country. Visitors can visit most places like the Supreme Court, The Capitol, and even the White House. Most of the impressive buildings of the government seem like living historic museum. The Supreme Court doesn’t allow guide tours but allows you to walk around the halls of the building and to attend oral arguments. It has a very limited number of first-come-first-serve seats.
The majority of the people coming to DC never miss strolling around the National Mall and Memorial Parks that are very famous. The monuments of the Lincoln and Vietnam War Memorials are free and the National Park Service offers tourists free tours at many of these sites Rangers of these parks would take you on biking and walking free tours. You will have to keep an eye on the daily schedule to know when it happens.
Meridian Hill Park
The Meridian Hill Park is mainly off the tourist track, and the drum circle of this area is one of Amsterdam’s longest-running traditions. People have been gathering here for over fifty years mostly on Sundays in the summer. Most of them will be bringing instruments to join, and also to listen to the bang.
One of the best things about paying a visit to Amsterdam is that it has free museums. Smithsonian Institution operates seventeen museums in Washington DC metro areas and offers free admission to its visitors. Most of these museums including the Natural History Museum, the Air and Space Museum, the American History Museum, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden are on the National Mall.
Washington National Cathedral
Washington National Cathedral is just to the north of Georgetown and one of the most recognizable landmarks in the city after the memorials and monuments. Presidents have been worshipped and remembered at this place when the Bethlehem Chapel first opened in the year 1912. The National Cathedral offers free visits to everyone for spiritual purposes and worship.
Rock Creek Park for Trekking
Rock Creek Park is the oldest urban park that spans over more than two thousand acres in Northwest D.C. The park has picnic grounds, hiking trails and amphitheater with summer concert series, tennis centers, nature centers, bicycle paths and more.
The national zoo is another important element of the Smithsonian Institution and it is located at the southern end of the Rock Creek Park. This is the place where the natives of Washington come to visit animals such as pandas, tigers, elephants, orangutans, gorillas, and lions.
U.S. National Arboretum
U.S. National Arboretum is much like a getaway from the city and is a quick fix of nature and beauty. Visitors can stroll around the vibrant azalea gardens in the spring season.
U.S. Botanic Garden
U.S. Botanic Garden features plants from different (almost all parts) of the world and is tucked among the Smithsonian museums which are located near the Capitol building. This garden features plants such as succulents, tropical rainforest. Mid-Atlantic plants, etc. They have a collection of more than fifty thousand orchids and have a few outdoor gardens which make the place perfect for a quick rest during a hectic day.
Shakespeare Library’s Collection
Shakespeare Library’s Collection offers free tours from its collection for people who are interested in learning more about Shakespeare. It also offers reading rooms and Elizabeth Garden for its visitors. They also have free exhibitions inside including the display of initially collected editions of Shakespeare’s play as well as a few examinations of his life.
Arlington National Cemetery
The Arlington National Cemetery is situated across the Memorial Bridge, and it honors the fallen men and women of the American military. The tomb of the Unknown Soldier, John F. Kennedy’s gravesite is in the Arlington National Cemetery.
Canal Trail in Georgetown
Hopping on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Trail can help you have a scenic view of Georgetown. The canal starts at the Georgetown and extends for 184.5 miles into West Virginia and Maryland. The place has stretches that are very ideal for activities such as running, cycling, and walking.