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Top Attractions In Washington Dc For Free

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

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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...

Private Family-Friendly DC Tour by Bike

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  • A private tour through the city on a bike.
  • Enjoy the privilege of customizing your own itinerary.
  • Take in the sights of the Mall and other landmarks at your own leisurely pace.
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Georgetown

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!

The...

Small-Group Sunset Electric Bike Tour in Washington DC

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  • Peddle your way through the city sites.
  • Ride on a bike or e-bike across the landmark monuments.
  • Discover the history of each site at your own leisurely pace.
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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...

Washington DC Sites at Night Bike Tour

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  • The is a night bike tour where you will be delving into an exclusive exploration of Washington DC.
  • The highlights and attractions you will be travelling to are the National Mall, Washington Monument, the White House, National WWII...
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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...

Daytime DC Bike Tour

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  • The is a day bike tour where you will be indulging yourselves in an exclusive exploration of Washington DC.
  • The highlights and attractions you will be travelling to are the National Mall, the Smithsonian, the White House, the Captiol...
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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.

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Washington DC Segway Night 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.
  • These landmarks include the White House, the US Capitol, Washington Monument and...
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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 to Philadelphia Self Guided Day Trip

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  • This is a self-guided day trip from Washington DC to Philadephia where you will be given a diverse and all-encompassing travel package to ease your sightseeing experience at Philadephia.
  • You will be given tickets for the subway and the...
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The Library of Congress

The largest library in the world resides in Washington DC on Independence Avenue and it’s a must-see while visiting the capital city.

The library is home to more than 168 million items, books and papers. While it might not be such a fun activity for kids to enjoy, literature lovers and history fanatics will love a visit to this impressive structure.

Built in 1800, the library houses some of the most important and famous...

Washington DC to New York Day Trip by Rail

clock Duration: 16 hours
  • Head to New York City on this exclusive full-day tour where you will be exploring many of the city's famous landmarks and iconic highlights and escaping Washington DC for a day.
  • The entire full-day adventure will be made seamless and...
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National Museum of Natural History

The National Museum of Natural History is another museum that belongs to the Smithsonian family in Washington DC, but it deserves a spot in this list all of its own.

The museum is free to enter and is open 364 days of the year (closed on Christmas Day), so no matter when you visit DC, you can rest assured that you can visit!

The National Museum of Natural History is a place that you’ll want to take the whole family as...

Georgetown Food Tour

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  • This is a guided tour around the Georgetown neighbourhood of Washington DC where you will be indulging in an exploration of the neighbourhood's most famous delicacies and prominent food places.
  • You will be trudging around and visiting...
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National World War II Memorial

For an incredibly sombre but beautifully peaceful place to visit in Washington DC, you need to head to the National World War II Memorial.

It’s an area of the city that’s dedicated to the American soldiers and civilians who fought during World War II and despite its awful history, the memorial itself is a stunning place in Washington DC.

The memorial consists of 56 pillars, with each one marking one of the 48 US...

DC: 'New York Times Journeys " Walking Tour with Beer, Cheese and Wine Tasting

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  • This is the widely acclaimed "New York Times Journeys" Walking Tour where you will be indulging in an exploration of the the city's food, history and culture.
  • You will be visiting famous landmarks like the Library of Congress (where you...
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Washington Monument

The Washington Monument is yet another famous city landmark that resides along the National Mall and was built to commemorate the first President of the United States; George Washington.

Standing proudly at a towering 555-feet high, the Washington Monument was once the tallest structure in the world, and despite no longer holding that title, it’s still one of the most famous and most important structures in DC.

Take the...

Capitol Hill Walking Food Tour

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  • Get to know more about Capitol Hill as you will be indulging in an exploration of the city's most famous attractions and delicacies.
  • You will have a taste of a multiplicity of cuisines from Anglo-Indian, Salvadorian and Asian cultures,...
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FAQs about Free Things to Do in Washington Dc

There are many things you can do for free in Washington Dc like booking free entry into some Washington Dc museums, joining locals to do some free activities and others. This allows you to have fun and relax on a budget or save for further experiences on your trip.