Budget Travel Destination: Washington, DC

July 24, 2012 by

You may think that a major city like Washington D.C. would cost an arm and a leg to visit, but the nation’s capitol is actually one of the most affordable cities to visit in the country.

All of the famous landmark memorials and monuments are free to visit, and so are the 15 Smithsonian system museums and the National Gallery of Art. Other free activities in the city include touring the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and the nightly concerts at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.

While you can spend next to nothing on daily activities around the city, options for where to stay and what to eat will cost you a bit more. Save on hotels by looking for deals online that are offered year round to keep visitors coming to the city.

Avoid visiting on holiday weekends, or during peak times in the spring, early summer and fall. You’ll save even more more, and avoid crowds, by visiting late in the summer or during the winter months and staying in a hotel or B&B that is outside of downtown D.C.

The metro system connects downtown D.C. with all of the surrounding areas, so getting around is inexpensive and easy.

Photo source: jonathan.tauberg

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