Frugal History Trip – Washington D.C.

Washington, D.C. is a great place to visit, regardless of your budget.  It can be a frugal place to visit, filled with historical sites that are too numerous to mention.

To save money, use the public Metro system.  Purchase a day pass so that you can visit as many places as you choose, without expending money on cabs.
The city tour buses are another inexpensive way to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city.  The tours allow you to “get your bearings” so to speak, as to what places you would like to visit and their locations.

Many of the historic sights in Washington, D.C. are free, or at least affordable.  Here are some places that are a must-see:

* The White House:  You would have to make a reservation for a tour in advance, but in lieu of that you can watch the video tour available. 
* The Washington Monument is another great place to visit – free of charge. 
* The Capitol Building offers free tours.
* The Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials are incredible, and both are free to visit.
* Spend a day at the National Mall.  Known as another popular tourist area, it spans over 300 acres. 
* All  will enjoy a trip to the National Zoo, so be sure to add that to the list of places to visit.

Other sites that are well-noted include the U.S. Supreme Court Building, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Museum, the Natural History Museum, and the National Air and Space Museum.  They are all fabulous places that you will enjoy.  These places also offer a wonderful learning experience for all.

Check the internet for inexpensive accommodations.  While the more frugal hotels may be off the beaten path, utilizing public transportation can take you anywhere you need to go.  Check out restaurants in the area you have selected to stay as well as think about having a picnic in the park one day.

Washington, D.C. can be as frugal as you need it to be; you just need to do some preparatory research.


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