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Free Things To Do In Washington Dc

Washington DC is one of the best places in America for free and cheap activities.

It’s one of the most history-abundant places in the US and as it’s the capital of the United States of America, it has both historic and modern fascinating tales to tell.

If you’ve got a trip planned to the country’s capital but you’ve no idea where to begin when it comes to planning your travel itinerary, check out our detailed guide below!

You’ll find the 10 best free attractions in Washington DC, as well as the top-rated paid activities too!

Free Attractions in Washington Dc

Top Rated Washington Dc Attractions


Lincoln Memorial

Located on the western side of the National Mall, the Lincoln Memorial is without a doubt one of the most iconic structures in Washington DC.

Opened in 1922, it was built to honour the 16th president of the United States; Abraham Lincoln, and is a pillar of historic foundations for the city, and for the whole of America.

The whole family will enjoy a stroll along the National Mall where you’ll recognise the...

Washington, D.C. VIP Private Tour.

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  • RSN Tour was founded in the Washington, D.C. area with the premise that making touring plans should be easy and exciting. Our Washington, D.C. VIP Private Tours are conducted with a luxurious black Suburban that is climate controlled and offers high quality safety, comfort and a fantastic touring...read more


The historic suburb of Georgetown actually dates back before Washington DC by around 100 years so it’s a great place to visit if you’re looking to soak up even more American history.

Georgetown is an ideal place to visit with the whole family as there are hundreds of eateries, cafes and bars to try out, as well as the famous Georgetown Cupcake Bakery which sells some of the fanciest and finest treats in the area!


Museum of the Bible Admission Ticket with Digital Guide

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  • The Impact of the Bible Floor
    Discover the Bible’s global influence in areas like film, music, literature, fashion, and government. Explore the history of the Bible in America, from the first settlers to the twenty-first century, exploring the profound and sometimes complicated impact of this book on American culture.

    The Stories of...read more

The National Gallery of Art is said to be one of the most important art museums in the world!

Home to more than 141,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs, the museum is a pivotal point in art history.

If you’re an art lover, then you can easily spend hours getting lost in the works of the world’s most famous artists such as Picasso, Kruger and Calder.

The National Gallery of Art is also home to...

US Holocaust Memorial Museum Entry with Self-Guided Audio Tour

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  • With this in-app audio tour, you will spot the highlights of the Holocaust Memorial Museum and learn stories told by eyewitnesses and survivors of Nazi camps.

    Listen to the Holocaust survivors personal histories and testimonies full of pain and fear. Learn the lessons of the Holocaust through photographs and film footage of horrific events....read more

National Capitol Columns

The National Capitol Columns are a famous landmark inside the incredibly substantial 446-acre National Arboretum, just north of Washington DC Capitol.

The 22 Corinthian Columns are beautiful to walk around and photograph and definitely one of the highlights in the Arboretum, if not in the whole of Washington DC itself!

Of course, while you’re inside Washington DC’s botanical gardens, you can also enjoy a...

Mount Vernon Grounds Pass

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  • Visit George Washington's Mount Vernon and take a self-guided tour of the first American president’s historic estate.You can stroll through the 18th-century gardens and grounds; visit the Washington family tombs; meet heritage-breed animals; and interact with people from Washington's...read more

White House

One of the most famous buildings in the whole of America, the White House is home to the President of the United States and has been a famous DC landmark for hundreds of years.

You can take a free tour of the public rooms inside the White House, but the effort to do so is quite an extensive process; you’ll have to contact a local congress representative and then you’ll be put on a list to schedule a visit.


Private Tour: George Washington's Mount Vernon

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  • Get a VIP look at George Washington’s 21-room residence as you're led through the mansion by a private guide. During this 1-hour private walking tour, you'll go behind-the-scenes as you hear expert commentary about the United States’ first president and his historic estate. This tour includes some of the gardens and grounds. You'll also have...read more

Smithsonian Museums

Undoubtedly one of the best free attractions to enjoy in Washington DC is to pay a visit to the numerous Smithsonian Museums.

As they’re “America’s Museums”, the Smithsonian buildings are completely free of charge to visit and they’re home to some truly incredible artefacts, history and collections.

The National Air and Space Museum is a must-visit for the whole family, especially with young...

Washington DC Premier Brunch Cruise

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  • Engage your senses with the Washington DC Odyssey Brunch Cruise where you will be indulging yourselves in an afternoon of sensational sights, amazing food and joyous music.
  • A delicious, all-you-can-eat buffet will be served on the cruise while you listen to a live jazz band providing you with amazing tunes and sounds.
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Washington DC Premier Dinner Cruise

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  • Engage your senses with the Washington DC Odyssey Dinner Cruise where you will be indulging yourselves in an afternoon of sensational sights, amazing food and joyous music.
  • A delicious 3-course dinner will be served on the cruise while you listen to a live jazz band providing you with amazing tunes and sounds.
  • This will be a
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Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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  • This is a pass that entitled you access to our comfortable, hassle-free and convenient hop-on hop-off bus that will bring you around Washington DC's best attractions that you simply cannot miss.
  • Some of these attractions include the White House, the Washington Monument, National Mall, Arlington National Cemetery, as Madame Tussauds
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Lonely Planet Experiences: American Politics & Debate on Capitol Hill Tour

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  • This is a walking tour in Washington DC, where you will be embarking on a journey of American politics and history.
  • You will be brought around Washington DC to visit famous and must-see attractions such as the US Capitol Building, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress and Folger Shakespeare Library.
  • This will be a short
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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Electric Cart Tour

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  • This is a guided tour around the city of Washington DC where you will be indulging in an exploration of the city's most famous attractions and landmarks.
  • Some of these attractions that you will be visiting are the White House, Capitol Hill, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Tidal Basin, Washington Monument and Vietnam Veterans
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Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC

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  • This is a day trip to Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria where you will be exploring some of these historic sites " most popular attractions and architecture..
  • Some of these attractions include George Washington's massive 23-room mansion, Potomac River, Alexandria Christ Church and the boyhood home of Robert E. Lee.
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DC at Dusk Guided Night Tour

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  • This is an exclusive exploration of the city of Washington DC where you will be visiting some of the city's most popular and iconic landmarks.
  • Admire famous landmarks such as the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, the White House, US Capitol and the National WWII Memorial.
  • This will be a night bus tour where the monuments
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Washington DC "Morning Monuments" Guided City Tour with Arlington Cemetery Entry

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  • This is a guided tour in the city of Washington DC where you will be visiting some of the highlights and iconic attractions that the city has to offer.
  • Some of these attractions include the Arlington Cemetery, Lincoln Memorial, US Capitol, the exterior of the White House and the National WWII Memorial.
  • This is an
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