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Free Things To Do in Washington, DC
There are so many things you can do in our nation's capital that you have to be a resident to experience them all. If you are just visiting, here are some of the most popular free things you can do.
1. The White House
The home to the US President is one of the most powerful spots in the world. It is possible to request a public tour through your member of congress and should be made in advance. If you are an international tourist, contact your Embassy.
The White House
The White House
2. The Washington Monument
Located at the National Mall, the Washington Monument was built to honor George Washington, the first president of the United States and one of its founding father. The Washington Monument was once the tallest building in the world at just over 555 feet. The monument to America’s first president still holds the title of world’s tallest stone structure and obelisk.
3. The US Capitol
The seat where laws of the United States are initiated, debated, and voted on welcomes visitors to tour its grandeur and history. You will begin your tour inside the Capitol Visitor Center, which features an exhibition hall where you can learn the story of the Capitol and Congress.
The US Capitol
4. The Library of Congress
The Library of Congress has an incredible collection of books, papers, recordings, maps, and much more than your brain can absorb in a single visit. It is inside the Thomas Jefferson building.
The Library of Congress
5. The National Mall
The National Mall is America’s most-visited national park, where the past, present and future come together. The monuments and memorials in this park honor American forefathers and heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to this country.
The Library of Congress
Smithsonian Castle, National Mall
6. Smithsonian American Arts Museum
Collectively called the Smithsonian Institution, this world-renowned museum and research complex in the District consists of 17 museums, galleries and a zoo. Each one is free to enter, and across the spectrum, you can learn about the origins of man, the wonders of art, the history and future of flight and so much more.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
The 60-foot-tall, intricate Chinatown Archway is a signature of DC’s Chinatown neighborhood. It overlooks one of the busiest intersections in the city, at 7th and H Streets NW. The Archway, which was constructed in 1982, features 7,000 tiles and 272 painted dragons and is filled with an array of colors.
Site of the assassination of US President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865
511 10th St NW Washington, DC 20004
The Department of the Treasury manages Federal finances by collecting taxes and paying bills and by managing currency, government accounts and public debt. The Department of the Treasury also enforces finance and tax laws. The Treasury Building is a National Historic Landmark.
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The Treasury Building
The National World War II Memorial honors the 16 million people who served as part of the American armed forces during World War II. The memorial sits along the central vista of the National Mall.
World War II Memorial
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