Leave Your Wallet At Home And Come To These Free D.C. Attractions

Believe it or not, there is a four letter F word that attracts millions of people to Washington, D.C. every year – FREE. Many must-see activities and places cost visitors absolutely nothing to see priceless works of art, historically significant artifacts and towering symbols of the nation's heritage.


All the monuments and memorials teachers taught in school are free to visit. Gaze up at the stoic face of the nation's 16th president at the Lincoln Memorial which is probably the most popular among tourists.


Try to schedule a trip during the Cherry Blossom Festival to see the nation's capital decked out in beautiful spring colors from March 20 until April 17 or celebrate the country's Independence during an amazing fireworks show on the 4th of July.


Tours of The White House, U.S. Capitol and U.S. Supreme Court are available. It just takes careful advanced planning. Be sure to request tickets from your member of Congress several months from your trip. You will be glad you did by getting to see sights that the general visiting public does not.


What you don't spend on seeing attractions, you can use to treat yourself to fine dining or exciting shopping options in the nation's capital.


C & O Canal National Historic Park
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Before the days of planes, trains and automobiles, goods made their way across the region via the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal. Stretching 185 miles and hugging the boarders to three states, this travel route dates back to the early 1800s....  Read More

Independence Day on the National Mall


Francis Scott Key was not talking about fireworks when he composed the national anthem with lines like "And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air..." But the nation's capital knows how to put on a party to celebrate Independence Day....  Read More

Supreme Court of the United States


Designed by architect Cass Gilbert and completed in 1935, the United States Supreme Court's building alone is worth the visit. Inspired by the Corinthian style, the structure features large columns, nine ornate statues outside, large bronze...  Read More

National Archives
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Remember in school when you learned about America's Founding documents – the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights? All of them can be found at the National Archives Museum. (John Hancock's signature really does...  Read More



In 1912, Toyoko Mayor Yukio Ozaki gifted Washington, D.C. with 3,000 cherry trees. To commemorate his generosity, the Cherry Blossom Festival was born. Tourists from all over the world come to the Tidal Basin to see the blooms which come out on...  Read More

National Zoological Park
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Lions, monkey and elephants. Oh my! Located in Northwest Washington, D.C., The National Zoological Park features a variety of mammals, reptiles and amphibians. The stars of the show are the pandas especially Bei Bei, who was born late last year....  Read More

United States Capitol
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Want to see where bills are endlessly debated and sometimes pass to become laws? Come watch the House and/or Senate in session at the U.S. Capitol and get a tour of the stunning building too. While you may tour parts of the structure during...  Read More

National Mall


To serve as a symbol of unity, strength and wisdom, the 16th President Abraham Lincoln is honored with this memorial featuring a statue seated below the inscription, "In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union,...  Read More

The Smithsonian Institution
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The Hope Diamond? Check. Paintings by Claude Money and Pablo Picasso? Check. Dorothy's ruby slippers from 'The Wizard of Oz'? Check. Flags carried to the moon and back? Check. A massive collection of historical items from across the globe can be...  Read More

White House / White House Visitor Center


Given its name by President Teddy Roosevelt, The White House boasts 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms and six levels in the residence. The 55,000-square-foot home has served as a safe harbor for U.S. Presidents since 1800 and welcomed leaders and...  Read More


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