Many people think the museums and monuments in the National Mall are all there is to experience in America’s capital city. But those looking to go off the beaten path will find that there are plenty of non-touristy things to do in Washington DC – the type of things that locals like to do away from the crowds.
Plan your next visit to the capital city with this guide to the best free museums in Washington DC, which includes art museums, like the National Portrait Gallery and the Hirshhorn Museum, and history museums that are part of the Smithsonian collection.
The District of Columbia is made up of a plethora of neighborhoods that both represent the city’s rich history and provide fun activities for the city’s residents and visitors. Check out our four favorites areas in the city, just a hop, skip, and a jump from the HI Washington DC Hostel.
5 Awesome Things To Do within Walking Distance of HI Washington DC
One of the most important things you need to pack for your trip to HI Washington DC is a pair of good walking shoes because there’s simply so much to be explored using just your two feet. There is, of course, the entire National Mall with the White House, Capitol Building and the Smithsonian Museums that are must-dos for any first-time visitor, but once you’ve ticked those off your bucket list, you’ll discover many off-the-beaten-path gems also within walking distance of the hostel.
French travel blogger Lucie Aidart is one of 16 winners in the midst of Hostelling International’s Big Blog Exchange. She swapped blogs and countries with Taralynn McNitt and is currently on a 10-day hostelling adventure through the U.S.
There is so much to see and do in Washington, DC, that it can almost seem impossible to do it all in one trip. But local insiders know that the town is actually quite small and easy to navigate, thanks to the metro, buses, and bikes in arm’s reach. As a bonus, many key attractions are also walkable from the hostel. And we want to help you take even greener footprints, while enjoying the rich diversity of the District:
If you want to explore the Land of the Free, there’s no better place to start than the nation’s capital. Because just about everything is actually free – as in no cost, don’t have to spend a dollar, 100% free. Here’s a look at some of the cultural, historical, and fun things Washington, DC has to offer: