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Top 5 Free Places To Visit in Washington, DC

The Virtuous Vee

You don’t need to reach for your wallet to get your fill of fun things to do here in Washington. As a huge fan of freebies, I want to share with you five amazing places that this city offers for free.

Plan your visit and improve the quality of your free time!

Palmer Alley at CityCenter

The main spine through CityCenter is Palmer Alley, a three-block long pedestrian mall running east–west through the middle of the development. Motor vehicles are not allowed here. This majestic walk is decorated with different seasonal features throughout the year. You can visit and make great photos anytime!

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Smithsonian National Zoological Park

Always free of charge, the Smithsonian's National Zoo is one of Washington D.C.'s, and the Smithsonian's, most popular tourist destinations. The Zoo is home to 400 different species. It is located on 3001 Connecticut Ave NW, and if you want to visit or donate, you should check their website here.

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Library of Congress

Located on 101 Independence Ave SE, The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world. The library houses more than 164 million items, from books, photos, recordings to maps and many more. It also serves as a museum, with numerous exhibits inside the incredible Thomas Jefferson Building. All the Library of Congress' buildings can be entered free of charge. Check their following events here.

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The Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial stands at the west end of the National Mall as a neoclassical monument to the 16th President. The Memorial is open 24/7. Check ahead on the website to see if there is a Ranger Walk (free tour) happening during your visit.

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Tidal Basin

Tidal Basin is the location most associated with Washington's Cherry Blossom Festival that takes place each spring. The Tidal Basin is about 107 acres in size and approximately 10 feet deep. In the spring and summer months, you can rent a paddle boat (around $18 per hour) and spend the afternoon relaxing on the pond.

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In Washington there are enough free activities to keep you busy for more than a few days, but which one is your favorite?

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