A private tour to Washington DC must be there for sure in the bucket list of every traveler, where you can see giant conifers drip with lush green mosses in the Hoh rainforest, neoclassical monuments, and modern buildings. Besides, the district has been instrumental in developing numerous cultural institutions throughout the city. The most attractive news for every backpacker is that you can experience and enjoy many things in Washington DC for free of cost and the top 5 such places are as follows.
The National Gallery of Art
Every art lover should make a stop at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. You can enjoy the gallery’s most modern works including Henri Matisse and Mark Rothko in the East building, whereas the West building of the gallery houses old work collection that ranges from Sandro Botticelli to Claude Monet.
While enjoying these arts, you can savor the taste of coffee, gelato, or lunch from gallery’s café or bars. You can also enjoy and recharge yourself by listening to some jazz music at the National Gallery of Art’s sculpture garden, if you are traveling in summer time from 05:30 to 08:30 pm. There are varieties of free self, guided, and audio tours available here, and the museum welcomes visitors from 10:00 am to 05:00 pm from Mondays to Saturdays. Note that the timings change on Sundays; that is from 11:00 am to 06:00 pm.
The National Air and Space Museum
The National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution houses a set of celebrated aircrafts including Wilbur and Orville Wright’s 1903 Wright Flyer, Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Vega 5B, and many more. The main attractions in the museum are the flight simulators, an IMAX theatre, and Einstein Planetarium. Unfortunately, IMAX theatre and planetarium do charge for shows, but you can enjoy a free show from the planetarium every day at 10:30 am.
While gathering knowledge from all these great inventions, you can also enjoy the liberty of shopping from the three-level gift shop, which is sure to please your kids and keep them entertained during the tour. The museum stays open to public every day from 10:00 am to 05:30 pm, except on Christmas day.
The Tidal Basin
One of the best sightseeing places in Washington DC is the Tidal Basin, a 2-mile long partially manmade reservoir between Potomac River and the Washington Channel. The picturesque Tidal Basin is a focal point of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which is held in each spring when the cherry blossom trees bloom into cotton candy-colored tufts and the basin bursts with color.
Unsurprisingly, spring season is the best time to visit this beautiful place. The Tidal Basin also attracts tourists by allowing them to rent paddleboats with either two or four seats and enjoy the waters from 10:00 am to 06:00 pm. However, boating is allowed only through March 15 until October 9.
These are some of the free places to visit in Washington DC. Apart from these, you can also visit Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, the Washington Monument, and a lot more for free in Washington. So get your backpack and enjoy a private tour to Washington DC.