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PHOTOS: 20 Fabulously Free Things to Do in D.C.

Take a tour of the free offerings you can find in our nation's capital, from cherry blossoms to world-class museums and more!

By , Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014, 12:00 PM

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Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial isn't just an amazing public monument but also a moving work of art.

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Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, USA

Many visitors find the 19-foot-high sculpture of our 16th president, by American sculptor Daniel Chester French, unexpectedly mesmerizing.

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National Gallery of Art in Washington DC

The National Gallery has the U.S.'s only Da Vinci painting.

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The pyramid of the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.

The distinctive pyramid at the National Gallery.

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the Broad Stripes and Bright Stars public program at Smithsonian

Visitors taking part in the "Broad Stripes and Bright Stars" public program at the National Museum of American History.

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Exterior of the National Museum of American History

The National Museum of American History has a collection of artifacts ranging from battle-scarred flags, inaugural gowns, and Archie Bunker's living room chair.

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A sunny day at the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

The iconic Capitol building is more than just the place where the Senate and Congress convene. It's a living history museum as well.

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A view of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C.

Hour-long tours of the Capitol are free—head for the nearby visitor center to get your tickets.

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National Mall with Washington Monument, Washington DC

The National Mall and Washington Monument provide an inspiring backdrop to a vacation in D.C.

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Cherry Blossom Festival

The annual Cherry Blossom Festival makes April the coolest month in D.C.

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National Statuary Hall in the US Capitol Building, Washington, DC.

The National Statuary Hall at the Capitol Building is worth a stop while you're visiting better-known attractions.

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Rotunda, US Capitol Dome Statues Inside Capitol Washington DC

The rotunda of the Capitol dome is dramatic and unforgettable.

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Visitors at Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington DC

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is the first of its kind that is not dedicated to a war or a president.

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The monument to Dr Martin Luther King in Washington DC

The memorial to slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. is a must-see in this once-segregated city.

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

You'll likely find visitors searching the Vietnam Veterans Memorial for the name of a loved one. Names of more than 58,000 Americans who died in the Vietnam War are listed chronologically.

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Many visitors lay flowers at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in memory of lost loved ones.

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Washington DC with Jefferson Memorial

The location of the Jefferson Memorial can't be beat, especially in spring!

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Horizontal photograph of the statue of Thomas Jefferson in the Jefferson memorial in Washington DC.

The author of the Declaration of Independence, who also made a memorable appearance on The Simpsons.

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Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, USA

The National Air and Space Museum is a must for kids from 1 to 100.

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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Vintage aircraft are among the favorite exhibits at the National Air and Space Museum.

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The National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., United States.

The National Museum of Natural History will get its first T-rex on April 15!

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The Smithsonian Institution Museum of Natural History Washington DC

The National Museum of Natural History is home to the 45-carat Hope Diamond, which once belonged to Louis XIV.

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Washington DC White House ReflectingPool

You might call the White House the world's most coveted address.

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The White House in Washington DC

Tours of the White House aren't easy to nab—you've got to contact your member of Congress—but they are worth the hassle.

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The National Mall

We cannot tell a lie: The view from the top of the Washington Monument is unbeatable! (But the monument is closed for earthquake repairs till May 14.)

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View of National Mall in Washington DC

Pay-what-you-want tours of the National Mall and its monuments are a great way to see the sights on a budget!

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Ceiling detail at the Library of Congress in Washington DC

This ceiling detail at the Library of Congress is just one example of what makes this collection much more than just a conventional library.

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Interior Library of Congress Reading Room in Washington DC

Shh! The Library of Congress has a lot more than books. Comedian Bob Hope's joke file is even housed here!

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Front of National Archives Building in Washington DC, USA

The National Archives houses only a fraction of the documents produced by the U.S. government, but its holdings include impressive items like the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence.

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US Constitution at the National Archives in Washington DC.

You, the people, should see "We the People" in person!

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Grave of John F. Kennedy at Arlington Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

The grave of John F. Kennedy and its "eternal flame" at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Arlington National Cemetery. Robert E. Lee Memorial.

Arlington House, on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, was once the home of Robert E. Lee and now serves as a memorial to him.

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