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Best attractions & cheap food in DC?

What are the best attractions & cheap restaurants in DC?

2 Answers

answered by
Nicole from Los Angeles

All of the Smithsonian museums are free to the public. While Nars mentioned the Museum of Natural History and the Air and Space Museum, there's many other fantastic museums there including the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the National Museum Of The American Indian, the National Museum of African Art, the Freer Gallery of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Museum of American History and many more. In addition, there is the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, which is hands down the most moving museum experience I have ever had.

If you contact your Congressperson in advance you can arrange a tour of the United States Capitol and/or The White House.

One of the legendary places for cheap eats is Ben's Chili Bowl, which is a landmark in the city. If you're willing to take a train a little outside the city, El Pollo Rico is super cheap and has a very simple menu - rotisserie chicken and fries - but they're the best darn chicken and fries you'll ever eat. I'm a vegetarian but I'll cave for El Pollo Rico.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (attraction)
  2. National Museum Of The American Indian (attraction)
  3. National Museum of African Art (attraction)
  4. Freer Gallery of Art (attraction)
  5. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (attraction)
  6. National Portrait Gallery (attraction)
  7. National Museum of American History (attraction)
  8. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (attraction)
  9. United States Capitol (attraction)
  10. The White House (attraction)
  11. Ben's Chili Bowl (restaurant)
  12. El Pollo Rico (restaurant)
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answered first by
Nars from Boston

Lincoln Memorial

Washington Monument

The White House

United States Capitol

One of these memorials:

Vietnam War Veteran's Memorial

Korean War Veterans Memorial

If you have young ones in your group or you are young at heart

Museum of Natural History

National Air and Space Museum ()

Also, give this tool a try which recommends an itinerary of top attractions organized to reduce traveling around plus a map to help direct you.

Have a great trip. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Lincoln Memorial (attraction)
  2. Washington Monument (attraction)
  3. The White House (attraction)
  4. United States Capitol (attraction)
  5. Vietnam War Veteran's Memorial (attraction)
  6. Korean War Veterans Memorial (attraction)
  7. Museum of Natural History (attraction)
  8. National Air and Space Museum (attraction)
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