The DC Metro area is known throughout the military for being one of the most expensive assignments around! But as a balance, there is a wealth of FREE activities that fun for everyone. AHRN.com has put together a handful of must-see attractions that you should consider for your budget friendly fun in DC.
The Washington Monument
You can see Washington D.C. from a bird’s eye perspective from the top of the monument! It’s so popular that free tickets must be reserved in advance and are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets go fast, so if you’re interested in advance reservations, there is a fee. Learn more here: https://www.nps.gov/wamo/planyourvisit/index.htm.
World War II Memorial
This grand war memorial sits at one end of the reflecting pond and is a large structure that highlights all the nations and states that were involved in the Pacific and Atlantic conflicts of war. Take a walk around the pond to view all the other memorials, including the Vietnam War Memorial, Korean War Memorial and the D.C. War Memorial.
National Museum of American History
Learn America’s history as you walk through this amazing Smithsonian museum. Check out everything from fashions worn by the first-ladies to learning about the way of life of generations of Americans. It’s located right off the National Mall, so there is easy access to all the other notible sights in D.C.
One of the most famous transportation hubs in the country, Union Station is home to the Metro Rail, Virginia Regional Rail, Amtrak and several bus lines that go in, out and throughout the city. Visitors and locals alike are able to witness the architectural wonders and experience the different vendors and dining options available inside.
Looking for cool places outside the District? Don’t forget these gems that are located outside D.C., but still in the Metro area.
There is a fee to enter George Washington’s home, but you can walk the grounds for free! It’s so awesome to be able to experience the same views as our first President. You can also pay your respects by visiting his tomb. While in the area, check out other attractions that are part of Mount Vernon. like the Distillery located there.
Don’t forget the Mount Vernon Trail! Throughout the 18 miles of the Mount Vernon Trail you’ll find beautiful views of the Potomac River and sights of the Metro D.C. area. It’s a great way to see the cherry blossoms in the spring and the changing leaves in the fall. You can travel by foot or bike and can start at any point.
Old Town Alexandria
This is a quaint area, easily accessible by Metro Rail. There is also a free Trolley service that takes you up and down King Street, which is the main strip of the town. Go all the way down to the River area and see all the boats and sights by the water. There’s lots of great shopping and dining in the area too!
We want to know:
Do you have any favorites for fun in the DC Metro area?