Free things to do in Washington, DC
If you're looking for an affordable vacation idea, it doesn't get much better than our country's capital. This site is home to more free public attractions than any other U.S. locale, from its historic museums to the monuments of the National Mall. Additionally, visitors can take advantage of the special Washington, D.C., deals available on Thrifty Car Rental's diverse selection of Washington, D.C., rental cars. And while you're in town, be sure to visit these free and affordable sites:
Explore the National Mall
The biggest must-do activity in this city is a trip to the National Mall. Park your Washington, D.C., car rental for free along Ohio Drive then walk over to see some of America's most breathtaking monuments. On the west side of the grounds, you'll find the Washington Memorial, which looks out at a the famous reflecting pool and, on the other side of that, the Lincoln Memorial. As you walk around, you'll find a wide variety of other pieces commemorating groups such as African-Americans from the Civil War, Korean War soldiers and Vietnam veterans.
Hike through Great Falls Park
After you've had a full historical experience in our nation's capital, take some time to explore its beautiful natural setting at Great Falls Park, located about 15 minutes from the city's center. For $5, you can purchase a vehicle pass for your Washington, D.C., car rental, which gives everyone in your vehicle entry for the one low rate (otherwise it costs $3 per person). As you traverse the 800-acre landscape, you'll see the majestic Potomac River crashing down on craggy rocks before flowing through the Mather Gorge. You can also see hints of the area's early colonial settlers at the Patowmack Canal, which was erected soon after the Revolutionary War.