The Capitol Building, Washington Monument, and Lincoln Memorial
25 Fun Budget-Friendly Activities For Your Trip To Washington DC
A self-led tour of the White House East Wing takes about 45 minutes. See rooms such as the Blue, Red, and Green Rooms, the State Dining Room, and the China Room.
White House Tours
White House tours are available most mornings on a first-come, first-served basis, but you must submit your request well in advance through your Member of Congress.
DC by Foot offers pay-what-you-wish walking tours of the National Mall, the Tidal Basin, Arlington Cemetery, Capitol Hill, Georgetown, and the U Street corridor.
Walking Tours
The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum showcases the 1903 Wright Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, and the command module of the Apollo 11, "Columbia."
Air And Space Museum
You can also run your hands over a real moon rock and attend special evening events to view the night sky through a high-powered telescope in the museum's Public Observatory.
The National Zoo covers 163 acres in downtown Washington, D.C., and houses 2,100 animals. It includes some of the world's top endangered species, like the Giant Panda.
The National Zoo
Some of the 3 million treasures in the Museum of American History include the original American Flag and the top hat President Lincoln wore when he was assassinated.
Museum of American History
The "First Ladies" collection shows off dresses and china that belonged to the first ladies. The "America on the Move" exhibit has 340 artifacts of early automotive history.