I can admit from my personal experience and observation that spring and summer months (especially May and June) are the busiest time for scholars, exchange program participants and international students to travel to the US. These groups of people travel to the US for a specific reason, education. However, they also enjoy the opportunity to see the sightseeings and travel as much as possible. In most cases, people who travel for educational reason, look for places that he/she can visit for free, without spending too much money on tickets or admissions. As they travel with a limited budget, visiting free places help them learn the US and save some money for gifts and shopping.
There are so many interesting places in the US, like museums, attractions, parks, etc that we can visit for free, probably some local people even don’t know about it. Today, I have decided to come up with the free places in Washington DC, because it is the heart of all the cities that accepts scholars and exchange program participants. I believe that this post will help travelers as well as locals to visit more places for free.
Free Places to Visit in Washington DC
(Photo Courtesy: Volkan Yuksel, Panoramio)
The Air Force Memorial, honoring the millions of men and women who have served in the United States Air Force. The design of the Air Force Memorial symbolizes flight. The flying spirit with three stainless steel spires (270 feet high) represents contrails of the Air Force Thunderbirds which disperses in a “bomb burst” maneuver.
Location: One Air Force Memorial Drive, Arlington, VA. The memorial is located off of Columbia Pike near VA-244. The Pentagon Metro station is within walking distance of the memorial.
(Photo Courtesy: Ron Cogswell, Flickr)
Botanic Garden has approximately 4,000 seasonal, tropical and subtropical plants. The National Garden includes a First Ladies’ water garden, an extensive rose garden, a butterfly garden, and a display of a variety of regional trees, shrubs and perennials. It is administered by the Architect of the Capitol.
Location: The U.S. Botanic Garden is located across from the U.S. Capitol Building along First St. SW, between Maryland Ave. and C St. Bartholdi Park sits behind the Conservatory and is accessible from Independence Ave., Washington Ave. or First St. The closest Metro station is Federal Center SW