Visiting our nation’s capital is something many Americans would like to do. Travel expenses may hinder some tourists from seeing this beautiful city. This article will outline how to visit the capital of the free world for less.
Purchase a Metro (subway) short trip pass. This allows you to use the subway for an unlimited amount of short rides for a great price.
Stay in Virginia or Maryland near a subway stop. These hotels have cheaper rates.
Do not visit in the spring or summer. Town Alexandria executive suites Other times of the year will have less expensive hotel rates.
Camp or bring a camper.
Eat at least one meal in your hotel room to save money. If you stay in a hotel near a metro stop, you do not need a car. Many hotels are within walking distance to pharmacies and grocery stores. Buy some basics to keep in your room.
Carry water bottles with you and refill them at area water fountains.
Visit Smithsonian museums which are free, and ask free tour tickets from your Senator’s or Congressman’s office.
Don’t eat lunch in the restaurants in the museums, they are very expensive.
Limit souvenirs to one or two things you love, not the many little trinkets you see everywhere.
If you drive to D.C., don’t stay in a hotel that charges you buy the day for parking.
Find a hotel that includes a breakfast.
Walk through popular neighborhoods to see them but don’t eat meals there. For example, Georgetown, Old Towne, etc.
Only go to museums that don’t charge you a fee, like the Smithsonian museums. Museums such as the Crime Museum and the International Spy Museum charge fees.
Attend a free concert every day at the Kennedy Center. Look online to see what is playing each day.
If you want to see a play at the Kennedy Center, check out the standing room only prices. Sometimes they are as little as $35!
Buy tickets for specialty tours online. You can usually save a few dollars by buying tickets before you arrive.
Use bus shuttles, they charge much less than taxis do. Take the free trolley from the King Street metro into Old Towne Alexandria.
With a little planning, you can cut costs and see Washington, D.C., for much less.
There are many free and fun things to do. For example, plan to see the mall at night. Seeing the monuments lit up is beautiful, and it is free. The city has a lot of free things to do and see. If you can decrease your lodging and travel expenses, it is worth the trip!