SUBWAY: The Washington Metro System, popularly known as the Metro, is clean and easy to use. Prices vary depending on travel time and distance. You can buy a 1-day Metrorail card for $ 6.50. If you have been staying for several days, consider purchasing a SmarTrip rechargeable card.
Although metro stations are equipped with escalators and elevators, it is best to travel with light. During extreme travel times, metro trains are very crowded. You can only reach the station to find the escalator and escalator out of service.
Bus: The Washington metrobus system covers the entire city. The regular bus fare is $ 1.25, and the quick fare is $ 3.00. You must pay for your trip with the exact change, SmarTrip or Bus Pass. One day passes $ 3.00 valid on all regular buses. You will pay an additional charge of $ 1.75 if you are on a express bus.
DC Circulator Bus will take you to many famous sights for only $ 1.00. There is one road that runs around the mall, and it runs through the Washington Memorial Museum and Smithsonian Museums (weekend only). Another takes you from Union Station to the trendy Georgetown area. The third travels between the convention center and the southwestern facade. You can pay for your ride on the Circulator Bus (subtle change only), get tickets on multi-space metrics along the Circulator route or use a SmarTrip card. Just one day passes $ 3.00.
The National Mall
Spend the afternoon strolling between the presidential memorials and the war. Climb the Washington Monument (tickets are free, but there are simple fees to book tickets in advance) and look down on winding shopping lanes, cascading flags, and colorful flowers. Walk along the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and watch the loving greeting the visitors have left at the wall. (Metro stations: Capitol South, L & # 39; Enfant Plaza, Smithsonian, Foggy Bottom / GWU)
Smithsonian Institution Museums
The 16 Smithsonian museums display every aspect of American life from prehistoric times to the space age and they are all free. The National Air and Space Museum includes the Right Flyer, the spirit of St. Louis and many other famous aircraft and spacecraft. The National Museum of Natural History will delight dinosaurs, gemstones and animals. If you are a fan of art, check out the newly renovated Museum of American Art, the newly renovated National Portrait Gallery, or the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden featuring modern art. The National Museum of American History is closed until September 2008. (Metro: Smithsonian or L & # 39; Enfant Plaza)
This park is famous for its giant pandas. The Asia Trail Zoo collects seven species of Asian animals in the newly constructed habitats. The giant pandas and their Tai Shan cub are the stars of the boardwalk. The zoo is also a wonderful picnic site. (Metro: Woodley Park-Zoo)
These are just a few examples of the free and cheap things you can do in Washington, DC. For more ideas, including cheap accommodation and restaurants, please visit our website (http://www.onthecheaptravel.com)