Washington DC is one of those unique cities that is fun for couples, people who are single, or those traveling with family. It has something to offer everyone, young and old. The best part of DC? Almost all of it’s main attractions are FREE. Yup…you heard me right…FREE!!!
Now that I have your attention, you are probably thinking, “Where do I start?” Lucky for you, I am here to help! Check out my suggestions for taking Washington DC by storm….
Plan Ahead to Get Ahead
If you are looking to visit places like the White House or Pentagon, you need to plan ahead. Start by sending an email to your Senator or Representative 4-6 months in advance. Let them know when you will be in DC and they will set up your tours. This is the ONLY way you can access these buildings. They will not let you in with out an appointment due to background security checks.
The Pentagon is know for it’s last minute email for your scheduled time so be patient. We got our date and time two days before we left. Try to keep a flexible schedule to accommodate the last minute appointment.
Hotel and Flight Packages
A lot of sites like Expedia or Kayak will have package deals (hotel and flight) to Washington DC. Check these out before booking everything separately. They usually offer HUGE discounts on swanky hotels. There is always the option to use Airbnb or stay in a Tiny House.
So What is Exactly Free in Washington DC?
There are so many free activities in Washington DC, but here is a list of the most popular:
-United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
-All Smithsonian Museums
-National Mall (all monuments)
– Washington Monument
*sites require an appointment
What About Tours?
There are a variety of tour companies in DC that you can purchase. During my research, I found a FREE tour company and boy did I hit the jackpot! Free Tours by Foot have awesome tour guides who know their stuff. Although the tours are free of charge, the guides do survive off of tips, so please tip accordingly. We gave the guide a minimum of $20 for a 2-4 hour tour, depending on how good the guide was.
I highly recommend the Arlington Cemetery and the National Mall at night tours. It was especially cool to see all of the monuments lit up at night.
No matter what you decided to do in Washington DC, it will be a good time! Have you ever been to the the city? What did you think? Need more help figuring out how to plan your DC trip? Send me a message, I would love to help!