Washington D.C.

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ShermansTravel experts rely on years of collective travel experience to bring you the best money-saving tips for your vacation. We take a discerning look at all the attraction passes, public transportation options, and other local bargains to make sure you get the most bang for your buck while traveling.

Washington D.C. Money-Saving Tips

Step it Up

Washington is a walking city and its many monuments, buildings, restaurants and shops are best discovered on foot.

Take in the View

A trip to the top of the Washington Monument might only cost $1.50, but it is often plagued by crowds. Visit the Old Post Office (which was recently transformed into Trump Hotel DC) instead, where a free elevator whisks travelers to the top of the building's bell tower to take in 360-degree views of the city.

Visit Embassies

Embassies are always eager to promote their home country's culture, and many offer free lectures and events to do so. Check online calendars to see what events are on deck while you're visiting.

Free Music

Every evening at 6, local, up-and-coming, national, or international musicians perform a one hour free concert at the Kennedy Center.

Call Ahead

Restaurants fill up fast for dinner, so be sure to call ahead for reservations. If you’re not on the list, you’ll have the best luck arriving early (5:30) or late (9:30).

Leave City Center

Hotel tariffs tend toward stratospheric, especially in the city center. Look for value and budget options outside of downtown, in neighborhoods like Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan.

Ditch the Car

Leave the car behind – parking in D.C. is a nightmare – and take the metro. Washington D.C. has the second largest rail transit system in the country, and it’s even air-conditioned in summer. For $14.50 purchase an unlimited-ride day pass.

Keep Track of Coupons

Discount coupon site Living Social originated here, so many of the company's newest initiatives (such as Living Social Instant) launch first in D.C. Check for new deals and ways to save a few weeks before traveling.

Circulate the City

During the summer, Circulator buses connect D.C.'s major downtown tourist attractions, including The Mall, Georgetown, and Dupont Circle; rides cost just $1 per person, and Metrorail transfers are 50 cents. www.dccirculator.com

Witness Government Work

Tickets (albeit free) are required for tours of the U.S. Capitol, and while tours of the White House are pro bono, requests must be made well in advance through a member of Congress. From April to October, you can also snag a free seat in a Supreme Court session. 

Take In the City on Foot

DC by Foot (dcbyfoot.com) offers free walking tours of Arlington Cemetery and National Mall hotspots with fun commentary. 

For Free in D.C.

Take advantage of the many free historical and educational opportunities our nation’s capitol has to offer. Read the Constitution at the National Archives; view the original Star-Spangled Banner at the National Museum of American History; watch money being made at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing; or just revel in the history on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Even museum-phobes should check out the Smithsonian. The breadth and depth of the information there is astounding. 

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