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Washington, DC

From food and wine to cultural events to American history, you can find it all in DC. It’s easy to ride the Metro or hop on a bike and explore all the DC has to offer. Walk the halls of free Smithsonian museums, paddle on the Potomac River or sit back on a double-decker tour bus and soak up some history. Local shops, funky marketplaces and people-watching hot spots beckon by midday, as nighttime gives way to multi-course dinner and drinks from local breweries. However you spend your time here, make it count.

Experience all things FREE in Washington, DC

No other city offers as many first-rate things to do, free of charge, as Washington, DC. Whatever you feel like doing, chances are you can do it for free in Washington, DC! From concerts (including the Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day concerts on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, and more), to some of the world's most popular museums (the National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of Natural History, National Portrait Gallery and more), culture is something that is truly celebrated - and made available to everyone - in Washington, DC.

Places to go in Washington, DC

Capitol Riverfront

A place to wine, dine, stroll and explore Yards Park.

A great place to enjoy the day, this waterfront destination invites you to take a stroll, play on the water or grab a bite to eat. Finish out the day by walking to Nationals Park to cheer on the Washington Nationals baseball team.

Lincoln Memorial

One of the most iconic places in the city, it draws roughly 6 million visitors every year.

Built in white stone with 36 iconic columns, The Lincoln Memorial is one of the most recognized structures in the United States. The National Park Service estimates that the Memorial draws roughly 6 million visitors per year.

The Mall

Home to iconic monuments and moving memorials.

Situated on the banks of the Potomac River, the National Mall is a 3km swath of land bound by the U.S. Capitol to the east and the Washington Monument to the west. Home to moving monuments and memorials, world-famous museums and impressive federal buildings, "the Mall" welcomes millions of visitors every year.

The White House

The most famous address in the U.S.

Easily the most famous address in the U.S., and one of the most recognizable buildings in the world, the White House is not only where the president lives - it's the political epicenter of the city and nation.

National Portrait Gallery

NPG is a hub and beacon for modern and contemporary art produced in and about the Americas. Just steps from the White House and the Washington Monument, NPG offers exciting exhibitions from the South, Central and North America and the Caribbean. Its collection of over 2,000 works is among the most comprehensive of its kind.

Visit the Zoo

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! And so much more, all free of charge.

Part of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Zoo is home to hundreds of animals, including elephants, gorillas and giant pandas. Admission to the 163-acre zoo is free.

Things to do in Washington, DC

Shopping

Quaint boutiques, open-air markets, mega-malls, outlet stores and more! From picturesque Georgetown, one of Washington, DC’s most celebrated shopping destinations complete with locally grown designers and well-known chains, to the city’s downtown core, which includes Chinatown’s Gallery Place, Macy’s and dozens of well-known brands, Washington, DC has whatever it is you need – or want – within its picturesque streets.

Boating

Why explore the city by foot when you can do it by boat! Experience the tranquility of floating on the water combined with breathtaking views of Washington, DC's monuments, Teddy Roosevelt Island's wildlife and the Georgetown Waterfront. You can even bring a picnic and enjoy a post-paddle lunch by the water.

Dining

From creative fare to celebrity chefs, Washington, DC does delicious really well.

Whether you are craving a 'chili half-smoke', freshly shucked oysters, lip-smacking good BBQ, or some farm-to-table delights, you'll find all this, and more, in Washington, DC.

Performance Arts

A city where culture is celebrated!

Take a bow, Washington, DC. The nation’s capital is second only to New York City when it comes to theatre options.

Nightlife

Enjoy a cool drink on one of Washington, DC's many hopping bars. From 14th Street to Georgetown, this city really comes to life when the sun goes down.

Bike & Roll

Discover the most unique, dynamic and fun way to enjoy Washington, DC's historic monuments. Unique, energetic and enjoyable, these professionally-guided bicycle or Segway tours are a fun way to discover Washington, DC's historic monuments and architecture. Helmets and water are provided.

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Washington, DC Culture

Three Day Foodie Adventure

Eat your way through the city on a tasty walking tour. Spend a weekend exploring this city's many culinary delights. Stylish restaurants, celebrity chefs and fresh local fare are all on the menu here. From Little Ethiopia to sweet treats at Georgetown Cupcake, Washington, DC dazzles.

Neighborhoods

There’s so much to love about each one of DC’s neighborhoods, from history on Capitol Hill and high-end boutiques in Georgetown to performing arts in Penn Quarter and a 24-hour diner in Adams Morgan. Get familiar with the lay of the land and find your place in DC.

Museums New and Old

The newest kid on the block is the state-of-the-art National Museum of African American History and Culture. Part of the Smithsonian Institute family, it is a place for all people and it opened its door on Sept. 24th, 2016. Meanwhile, that year marked the 75th anniversary of the National Gallery of Art. In celebration, the museum is offering a variety of public programs, and will cap it off with the re-opening of the East Wing on Sept. 30th.

Three Days of Art & Culture

Turn pages of books from Thomas Jefferson's library at the Library of Congress. Have a different kind of nightcap: a limo tour of the monuments by moonlight.Shop the FRESHFARM Market near Dupont Circle for organic produce.

DC For LGBT Families

Start your day at one of DC’s many LGBT family-friendly attractions, such as the must-see National Air and Space Museum. Take a break for lunch at local favourites Founding Farmers or Pizzeria Paradiso. Enjoy a game of baseball (and sweeping city vistas) at Nationals Park, or take a moonlight tour of the monuments with Old Town Trolley or Bike and Roll. And everyone will enjoy a stroll down Dupont Circle’s Embassy Row.

DC Cool Kids

Kids visiting (or hoping to visit) DC this summer are in for an extra special treat – DC Cool Kids! A one-stop shop for kid-friendly content, DC Cool Kids is the place to go to print out a free activity guide and to read up on kid-approved content to best explore DC. Download the DC Cool Kids Activity Guide here.

Start Your #MyDCCool Adventure

It’s summertime and the living isn’t only easy in DC, it’s often free thanks to can't-miss festivals featuring everything from jazz music to the wonders of barbecue. Experience some of the world’s leading museums at no cost, stroll along the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool and venture into our neighborhoods. Just get here soon, because now’s the time to make monumental memories, from outdoor adventures and rooftop views to baseball games and pandas at the National Zoo.

Three Days in Washington, DC For Families

Day 1

Start the day out on a wild note – literally – with a trip to the free-to-enter National Zoo. Say hello to DC’s three giant panda residents, as well as nearly 1,500 other animals. Then, check out some fine art at the National Portrait Gallery, home to a full collection of presidential portraits and other great exhibits. For some outdoor fun, and a different view of the National Mall, take a night tour with Bike and Roll.

Day 2

After feasting on the ultimate Washington, DC brunch at Farmers Fishers Bakers, head over to the National Geographic Museum where you can dive into their newest exhibition “Sharks,” and explore large-scale images and models of these majestic giants. End your day with a free performance at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, where concerts and performances occur daily at 6 p.m.

Day 3

You and yours can start the day with a delicious breakfast of locally sourced munchies in Eastern Market, before heading over to Georgetown for a ‘Washington, DC by Foot’ tour that explores local history from the Kennedy homes to the Tudor Place Historic House & Garden, and more. For dinner, everything from your pick of 12 Michelin-starred restaurants to a locally famous chili-dog joint await.

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