Experience Washington, DC For Free This Election Season

Sep 28, 2012, 15:16 ET from Destination DC


WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With all the current debate about taxes this election season, it's good to be reminded how much there is to see and do for FREE in the nation's capital. November 6, 2012, Election Day, is fast approaching and there is no shortage of compelling activities to experience in Washington, DC that don't cost visitors a penny.

Destination DC, the official convention and tourism corporation for Washington, DC, has compiled a list of 100 free (and almost free) things to do in DC. This list is a main-stay on Washington.org and highlights many of DC's greatest attractions, including 16 Smithsonian Institution museums and the National Zoo, that make the city a compelling and affordable destination. Search top-level content areas like "Family Fun Freebies," "DC Outside" and "Musts for History Buffs," and in the spirit of the 2012 election: the biggest challenge for visitors in DC with a free day is deciding what to choose.

Whether it's catching the free nightly performance at The Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage; taking a guided tour of the National Mall with pay-what-you-wish DC by Foot; or experiencing African-American history through visual art at the Howard University Gallery of Art, the capital offers a rich diversity of cultural, artistic, and historical excursions. And, after a day of exploring DC's neighborhoods, there are plenty of affordable happy hour deals and nicely priced dining options around town. Popular suggestions include:

  • Take in a Sunday night concert in the classical West Building at the National Gallery of Art at 6:30 p.m.
  • Gather with friends and catch a game on the TVs at Nellies, DC's first gay sports bar.
  • Climb the stairs of the Lincoln Monument and stand in the spot where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech, and then cross Independence Dr. SW and visit his memorial, dedicated in 2011.
  • Enjoy free admission, Tues.-Fri. to the permanent galleries at Phillips Collection, America's first museum devoted to modern art.

No wonder the race to live in Washington, DC is so contentious.

Regardless of the outcome of the election, visitors eager to witness history and attend the Inauguration and Inaugural Parade on Monday, January 21, 2013, will also enjoy access to many of these free activities, pending street closures and calendars.

In addition to Destination DC's suggestions of 100 free and almost free things to do in DC, visitors can access discounted hotel room rates on Washington.org, another reason to make a sound decision and send yourself to Washington, DC this fall.

About Destination DC

Destination DC, the lead destination marketing organization for the nation's capital, is a private, non-profit membership organization of more than 800 businesses committed to marketing the area as a premier global convention, tourism and special events destination with a special emphasis on the arts, cultural and historic communities. www.washington.org 

SOURCE Destination DC