10 free things to see in Washington D.C.
The nation’s capital, Washington D.C., is a beautiful city with many historical sights. Washington is located between the states of Maryland and Virginia in the eastern United States. As the capital of the United States, Washington is full of interesting museums, galleries and national monuments. The best thing is that many of these sights are free! The only thing you need is your ESTA authorization and you can be on your way to see Washington D.C’s top 10 free attractions:
1) The National Mall
This space between the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol Building offers a great panorama of the city. It is a great outdoor space to walk around and enjoy the beautiful sights Washington has to offer.
2) The Smithsonian Museums
The Smithsonian Museums are multiple museums located throughout Washington that offer free admission. These world-class museums range from art to history to aviation. One of the most interesting, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum displays the largest collection of air and spacecraft in the world.
3) Visit the U.S. Capitol
The U.S. Capitol building houses Congress and is one of the most impressive buildings in the city. The Capitol’s dome is visible throughout the city and is one of the country’s most emblematic buildings. Free tickets are given for visits on a first come first serve basis so get here early!
4) Free Walking Tour
Take a free walking tour and enjoy all of the city’s top attractions while getting some interesting inside information about the preferences of American presidents.
5) Visit Arlington National Cemetery
The nation’s top military burial grounds contain the final resting place of over 300,000 servicemen as well as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The Arlington National Cemetery is also the burial grounds for former Presidents Taft and John F. Kennedy.
6) Free Performance at Kennedy Center
The Kennedy Center is Washington D.C.’s top performance hall and offers a free performance every evening at 6pm. Come and enjoy a free performance by Washington’s Symphony Orchestra and by other top performers.
7) Tour the National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art is one of the top art museums in the United States. It offers works by some of the most famous artists in the world including works by El Greco, Jan Vermeer, Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent Van Gogh, Matisse and Pablo Picasso. A definite must see for all culture fans.
8) Watch the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court of the United States is in session from October to April and is open to the public on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Tickets are free and are on a first come, first serve basis so get here early and if you are planning to visit Washington make sure to get your ESTA authorization soon so that you visit this incredible process before the judges go on summer recess.
9) Visit the Library of Congress
The Library of Congress is the de facto official library of the United States. The building itself is a site to see, with a wonderfully ornate and opulent interior. The Library of Congress contains precious items including a rough draft of the Declaration of Independence of the United States and a Gutenberg Bible – one of only three copies known to exist in the world.
10) Walk around Georgetown
Georgetown is a historic neighborhood of Washington D.C. and one of the most attractive neighborhoods to take a stroll. With many historical buildings, restaurants, cafes and entertainment venues, Georgetown will satisfy all. Georgetown University is also located in this neighborhood.
Washington D.C.’s offers amazing cultural offerings for free. Take advantage of this cultural treasure that is offered at no cost and plan a holiday to America’s capital – you will not be disappointed. Hurry and apply for your ESTA authorization soon so that you are able to enjoy the magnificent opportunity to see the U.S. Supreme Court in session before they take their summer recess.