Great News: If you're visiting Washington D.C. most attractions are FREE!
But if you're going to spend some money, make sure to take advantage of these military discounts:
- Smithsonian Art Museum, National Museum of Women in the Arts, National Air and Space Museum, National Archives, Library of Congress, National Museum of African Art
- $6 off admission ($15.95, regularly $21.95)
- 10% off admission
- FYI - Typically general admission is obtained by waiting in line for a ticket which allows you to enter the museum at a set time, but with an active military ID you can get into the museum right away
MEMORIALS/LANDMARKS (All Free)
- Washington Monument
- Lincoln Memorial
- Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial
- Arlington National Cemetery
- Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall
- White House
- Capital Building
- National Theater
- Free on Saturday Mornings. Must make reservations beforehand
- Kennedy Center
- Free performances at 6:00pm daily
- Ford Theater
- 50% off tickets to shows
- 20% off tickets
- Military discount off select seating - tickets as low as $7
- $30 tickets
- Tickets and discounted tickets are offered on bases
- $5 off lift tickets, $5 off packages, $5 off equipment
- All the major hotel brands (Hilton, Marriot, Best Western) have military discounts.
If you are going to travel to DC for a couple days and you are going to travel by Metro, I would recommend buying a Smart Trip card. It costs $2 but it saves you $1 everytime you ride the metro. I visited DC and took the metro everyday so it saved me at least fourteen dollars. You can buy the Smart Trip card at any metro station. It comes preloaded with $8 so the total cost is $10.
If you are planning on taking a taxi I would HIGHLY recommend using a couple of new taxi services. Have you heard of UBER or LYFT. Right now they are giving away free rides up to $30. I used both here and DC and had a great experience. Here are the bonus sign up links
Also I would recommend buying the entertainment books and downloading the phone app. Alot of the local restaurants have buy one get one free meals. I used it all the time. Right now, Entertainment has a deal going on - Buy two books for $10.
I also used Groupon and Living Social out here. They had some great deals on restaurants and entertainment ideas. Here are their links
- Check out today's local deal in Washington, D.C. (LivingSocial)