Visit Washington DC On The Cheap!

Smashing around

SUBWAY: The Washington Subway System, popularly known as the Metro, is clean and easy to use. Prices vary depending on travel time and distance. One-day Metrorail entry can be purchased for $ 6.50. If you are staying a few days, consider buying a rechargeable SmarTrip card.

While metro stations are equipped with escalators and elevators, it is best to travel with light. During peak journeys, subway trains are extremely crowded. You can only come to the station to get the lift and escalation in operation.

BUS: Your Metrobus system covers the entire city. Regular bus fare is $ 1.25 and express fare is $ 3.00. You must pay for your travel by exact change, SmarTrip card or bus pass. One-day passes are $ 3.00 and are valid for all scheduled buses. If you take the express bus, you will pay an additional $ 1.75.

The DC Circulator Bus will take you to many popular sights for just $ 1.00. One route tours the Mall, passing through the Washington Monument and Smithsonian Museums (weekends only). Another takes you from Union Station to the always trendy Georgetown area. Third voyage between the Convention Center and the Southwest Waterfront. You can pay for your Circulator bus trip (just the right change), get your tickets on multicast numbers along the Circulator route, or use a SmarTrip card. A one-day pass is only $ 3.00.

Free Washington DC

National Mall

Spend the afternoon wandering among the presidential and war memorials. Climb up to Monument Washington (tickets are free, but there is a small fee to book tickets in advance) and look down the mall’s trails of the mall, fish flags and colorful flowers. Take a stroll along the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and see the wall of love that visitors have left at the Wall. (Subway Stations: Capitol South, L & 39; Enfant Plaza, Smithsonian, Mist / GWU)

Museums of the Smithsonian Institutions

The Smithsonian's sixteen museums display all aspects of American life from prehistory to space age, and they are all free of charge. The National Air and Space Museum contains the Wright flyer, the Spirit of St. John the Baptist Louis, and many other well-known planes and spacecraft. The National Museum of Natural History will delight dinosaurs, gemstones and animals. If you are a lover of art, check out the American Museum of Art, the recently renovated National Portrait Gallery, or the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, featuring modern art. The National Museum of American History is closed until September 2008 (Metro: Smithsonian or L & 39; Enfant Plaza)

National Zoo

This famous zoo is best known for its giant pandas. The Asian Trail Zoo brings together seven Asian animal species in newly constructed habitats. The giant pandas and their cub, Tai Shan, are the stars of the Path. The zoo is also a great picnic spot. (Metro: Woodley Park-Zoo)

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