National Mall bustling with tourists on a spring day.

Traveling can be tough on a budget, especially if you want to make your trip as packed with experiences and sightseeing as possible. Check out our tips for saving cash while creating an extraordinary trip.

Head to the Smithsonians

Make your way over to one of the 19 different Smithsonian museums in DC, ranging from the kid-paradise Museum of Natural History to the more grown-up air of the Hirshhorn’s sculpture garden, each of which are free to attend. That’s right—every single one of these DC galleries is absolutely free.

Take a Walking Tour

You can name your price for any of DC’s many walking tours, like the National Park Service’s roving lecture on the monuments. Learn about the history of the city and immerse yourself in DC’s past without worrying about your wallet. These tours are a great way to get the kids interested and engaged in history without needing to splurge.

Get Outside

Enjoy a day in the middle of nature at DC’s Rock Creek Park, where you can go for a run, play tennis, or have a picnic lunch free of charge. You can also explore Yards Park, where kids and families frolic in the fountain on hot summer days.

Leave Your Car at the Hotel

Don’t waste your money on expensive parking garages around the city. Take DC’s metro service or hop on a bike from DC’s Capital Bikeshare program. You’ll get to experience the outdoor breeze and see the sights while saving up.

Enjoy breakfast at the Capitol Hill Hotel

Have a leisurely start to your morning at the Capitol Hill Hotel’s complimentary continental breakfast buffet, where you can feast on scrambled eggs and freshly baked bread. Need to get going? You can also pick from a series of grab-and-go breakfast options like granola bars and fruit in the hotel’s west wing.