Five Fantastic-Yet-Budget-Conscious Ways to Spend a Day in Washington, DC
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Five Fantastic-Yet-Budget-Conscious Ways to Spend a Day in Washington, DC

April 1, 2015
pool at Woods of Marlton at night time

Our nation’s capital offers so many amazing opportunities to have fun. Whether you’re cozy in your apartment home, townhome or house, everyone has the option of having a wonderful weekend filled with laughs and adventure – without breaking the bank!

Here are five examples of what we mean:

  1. The National Mall – You can’t help but be moved by the Mall’s many inspiring monuments and memorials to Lincoln, Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, as well as to veterans of the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and World War II. We guarantee: it’s an experience you’ll never forget.
  2. The Smithsonian Museums – Also on the Mall you’ll find a number of the fascinating museums that comprise the Smithsonian Institution, “the world’s largest museum and research complex.” Within a few steps of each other you’ll have your choice of the National Museum of American History, National Museum of Natural History, National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of the American Indian, the African-American History and Culture Museum and The Castle (aka the Smithsonian Institution Building). But the Smithsonian can’t lay claim to the Mall’s largest artistic attraction, the National Gallery of Art, which features two entire wings of traditional and contemporary art.
  3. The National Zoo – It’s not on the Mall but it is part of the Smithsonian, where it’s known by its full name: the National Zoological Park. Whatever you call it, with its 2,000 animals, 400 different species and free admission, the National Zoo is the perfect place to pry the kids away from their PS4’s and iPhones for a few hours. They have both indoor and outdoor exhibits but the zoo’s most popular residents are far and away its giant pandas, Mei Xiang, Tian Tian and Bao Bao!
  4. C&O Canal and Great Falls Park – These two trails are all you could ask for and more on a warm day for anyone who delights in walking, hiking, biking, kayaking or simply appreciating nature.
  5. Old Town Alexandria and Georgetown – Make these two iconic neighborhoods your destinations of choice when you’ve got the urge to go window shopping, enjoy a one-of-a-kind meal or spend time on the waterfront watching the boats sail by.

The bottom line: it doesn’t matter what you’re most interested in or how much you’ve budgeted for recreation, there’s always something amazing for you to explore in Washington, DC – and it’s probably FREE!

Take a moment to check out one of our affordable apartments in Falls Church, VA, our affordable Alexandria apartments or our apartments for rent in Upper Marlboro, MD, to discover a place that offers residents unlimited access to countless adventures. Then start making a list of your own.