Free Attractions

Explore DC’s museums, memorials and other attractions without breaking the bank. There are more than 100 free things to do in Washington, DC.

Visiting Arlington National Cemetery

The Arlington National Cemetery is the country’s largest military cemetery and serves as the final resting place for more than 400,000 military veterans and their immediate family from the fronts of Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as World Wars I and II, the Korean conflict, Vietnam, the Cold War and...

View of Washington, DC Skyline from Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia
Visiting the National Archives Building & Museum

What and where is the National Archives Building & Museum? The National Archives & Records Administration Building and Museum is located on Constitution Avenue NW, between 7th and 9th Streets, just north of the National Mall . The building houses both a museum and the National Archives and...

National Archives Building and Museum - Free Washington, DC Museum with Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights
9 Things You Need to Know About the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is a powerful, history-making addition to the National Mall . Admission to the museum is free, but has been in extremely high demand since the facility opened its doors. Timed passes are required to enter. Same-day passes (up...

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture - Washington, DC
Visiting the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

What and where is the National Portrait Gallery? Painting a picture of the many influential people throughout America’s history, the National Portrait Gallery is a must-see for pop culture fans, history buffs and art lovers alike. From activists and actors to presidents and poets, the museum...

America's Presidents Museum Exhibit at Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery - Free Museum in Washington, DC
Free Things to Do: Summer in Washington, DC

As you plan your family trip to DC, we’re here to remind you of all the free things to do this summer in the District. From July 4th fireworks and holiday concerts to special events like the Memorial Day parade, summer in Washington, DC makes for an unforgettable time, and it doesn’t have to hurt...

Family on National Mall near Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture - Summer Vacation in Washington, DC
8 Must-See Monuments & Memorials on the National Mall

According to the American Institute of Architects, half of Americans’ top 12 favorite architectural gems line the National Mall . There’s no denying the significance of the Mall for its symbols to American history and for its uniquely designed marvels. Check them all out here, then it's time to...

@travelmemories74 - Visitors at the World War II Memorial and Lincoln Memorial - National Mall in Washington, DC
Free Things to Do: Winter in Washington, DC

There’s nothing like a trip to Washington, DC in winter . The nation’s capital is filled with free winter activities and gorgeous holiday displays, serving as a great destination to celebrate Christmas, New Year’s Eve or any winter holiday. From ice sculptures to holiday markets, Washington, DC...

Georgetown Glow winter public art installation - Free things to do this winter in Washington, DC
Free Things to Do: Fall in Washington, DC

Fall in Washington, DC is full of free things to do, from festivals and foliage to celebrating Halloween and observing Veterans Day. The city features plenty of experiences perfect for the season, including the scenic and the spooky. Read on to learn of the ways you can have a memorable fall...

Couple at Jefferson Memorial - Romantic Spots in Washington, DC
Fly High at the National Air & Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

All about the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Opened in 2003, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center serves as a partner facility to the National Air and Space Museum . The two locations together attract 8 million visitors per year, making the National Air and Space complex the most popular museum in the...

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center - Air and Space Musuem - Museums and Attractions near Washington, DC
Run, Bike & Exercise Outdoors in Washington, DC

With miles of trails, the National Mall and Rock Creek Park , one of the largest urban parks in the country, the DC region boasts plenty outdoor locations to run, bike or do what the locals do – join a group exercise program. When visiting the District, be sure to check out these scenic spots and...

national mall early sunrise