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Trip List by MrsMaryland

DC on a Budget With The Family

May 29, 2009  Well, I've lived in the area most of my life (minus college years) and I have always enjoyed going into the city on nice weather days in the fall and spring.
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This list just gives you a few things that you could do that are all free while visting DC on a long weekend (holiday weekend type thing). Note that I haven't listed everything, just some must see and do's. You will notice a variety of opinions on places to visit but I find that these places, I can go to time after time and never get bored.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Washington DC
  • Category: Perfect weekend
  • Traveler type: Culture, Shopping
  • Appeals to: Business travelers, Couples/romantics, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Students, Budget travelers
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. National Museum of American History
    National Museum of American History, Washington DC, District of Columbia

    Want to see Dorothy's red slippers, how about the First Ladies dresses, or maybe Muhammad Ali's gloves. This site gives you a lot of insight on what some well known and not so well known Americans have given us in the form of entertainment, politics, fashion, etc. It's free to go here and it's a must see when in DC.

  • 2. National Museum of Natural History
    Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC, District of Columbia

    Love dinosaur bones, love jewels, although this one isn't as big and grand as the one NYC it's still a free museum, with some things to see while in DC and very interesting. The kids will love it as well even if it is a museum.

  • 3. Lincoln Memorial
    Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC, District of Columbia

    Walk the steps of Lincoln, stand where Martin Luther King stood and gave his famous I have a dream speach, sit at Lincoln's feet and all with an absolutely fabulous view of the mall in DC and IT'S FREE.

  • 4. Jefferson Memorial
    Jefferson Memorial, Washington DC, District of Columbia

    Another one of the monuments/memorials that don't get much play. This one is nice and has a nice view as well. And it's free.

  • 5. Old Post Office Pavilion Clock Tower
    Old Post Office Pavilion, Washington DC, District of Columbia

    Don't stand in the line at the Monument or even purchase those "FREE" tickets. This site will give you another perfect view of the city and you can walk around and not feel closterphobic /sp/.

  • 6. Georgetown
    Georgetown, Washington DC, District of Columbia

    See the people or be seen here in Georgetown. Lots of small shops and famous brands. Lots of people watching. Perfect place to walk around and be seen and grab a bite in one of the little restaurants located around the side streets. Favorite places to eat, Citronelle, Bistro Francais, Fillomena, Booeymongers, Bangkok Bistro. Favorite Shops, Juicy Coutoure, Betsey Johnson, H&M, Diesel, Puma, Monaco, Sephora, and much much more.

  • 7. National Mall (The Mall)
    National Mall, Washington DC, District of Columbia

    Well it's always free to walk around. The mall is just a large area where the primary tourist sites are. You can picnic on the grass and watch the joggers, walk by several of the free museums. Or come during one of the many festivals on this site. I could list so much more in DC but what i have listed is just to get you through the weekend.

  • 8. White House
    White House, Washington DC, District of Columbia

    Well if you can't get in the White House, it's just as nice to be able to see it and take a photo from outside of the gates. If you really want to get in, just make sure you call your State's member of Congress or Representative and have them put you on the list. You should do this at least 6 months in advance. They will group you with other folks from your state that way you can have the 10 people minimum required. Get everyone's information together as well so when they call you can be ready. Try to be flexible and note that you might not be lucky enough to get in but it's always fun to take a photo in front of it if possible (or as close as possible.)

  • 9. Ben's Chili Bowl
    Ben's Chili Bowl, Washington DC, District of Columbia

    Well most people tend to not want to eat greasy hot dogs and chili and cheese fries. But you have to splurge a little bit. I personally like the chili & cheese fries. This is a landmark in the Historic U Street area of DC. This area was the heartbeat of the African American establishment in DC decades ago. It's now an urban area that is under re-development and has a mixture of cultures. Ben's has stood the test of time. During the DC riots of late 60's, Ben survived it. During the harsh 80's, Ben's survived it as well. From Presidents, to professional athletes, to entertainers and movie stars. They have all stopped by Ben's for a famous Half Smoke. Get yours well done with the works including onions, chili, cheese, I don't like mustard but whatever floats your boat. Take the metro to the U Street Cardoza station on the green line and go down the street.