It is possible to save on travel expenses by doing your homework and knowing what are the best places to visit at the best prices and many of them for absolutely FREE! We compiled a list of the top 10 Free places to visit in America.
The best places to visit in America 1 - WASHINGTON DCIt seems that if you want FREE then Washington DC is the place to go. Smithsonian in DC is the world’s greatest collection of museums with something for everyone. Eleven of the Smithsonian museums are located on the National Mall and admission for all eleven museums is absolutely free. They include Arts and Industries Building, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Freer Gallery of Art, and Hirshhorn museum and Sculpture Garden. Do not miss the National Air and Space Museum, where you can see the Wright Brothers’ plane and samples of lunar rock which visitors can actually touch!
The free Smithsonian museums located on the National Mall concludes with the National Museum of African American History and Culture (opening in 2015), National Museum of African Art, National Museum of the American Indian, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution Building, and one of our favorites, the National Museum of American History, where you can see the original American flag. Also located on the National Mall is the National Gallery of Art, which is also free.
While you are in DC you may want to visit other complimentary museums located in the area, such as the Holocaust Memorial Museum. The Holocaust Museum is free, but during the busy season (March through August) free timed passes are required to prevent crowding. The Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum is another of the Smithsonian free museums, but it charges $15 for parking as is not located near the National Mall.
The National Mall also has another popular landmark that is a must see: The Lincoln Memorial.Lastly, while you are in DC don’t miss the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, located in Arlington, Virginia, just across the Memorial Bridge, on the other side of the Potomac River from Washington DC. The Arlington National Cemetery is home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier which was originally made for a WWI soldier. Each day you can witness the changing of the guard ceremony at the tomb.
The best places to visit in America 2 - Boston - Freedom Trail thefreedomtrail.orgAs you follow the red-brick path through Boston, you will pass 16 of Boston’s most important landmarks where colonial history was shaped: Benjamin Franklin Statue, Site of Boston Massacre, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House, and Bunker Hill monument are some of the sites you will see. You can enjoy a carefree walk along the path as you make your historical discoveries or you can prepare for your walk in advance with the Freedom Trail Boston – Ultimate Tour & History Guide – Tips, Secrets & Tricks. If you would prefer a more structured tour, tickets can be purchased with a guide complete in colonial costume!
The best places to visit in America 3 - Zoological ParksAmerica has some of the best quality zoos in the world, and many of them you and your family can visit for free! The following parks are always free: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Lemur Conservation Foundation, Lincoln Park Zoo, David Traylor Zoo of Emporia, Lee Richardson Zoo, Hutchinson Zoo, Salisbury Zoo, Como Park Zoo, Saint Louis Zoo, Cape May County Park and Zoo, Henry Vilas Zoo, and Smithsonian National Park Zoo. In addition to these, If you are a member of your local zoo you may also have hundreds of zoo and aquarium parks available to you at free or discounted admission if your zoo is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s reciprocity program. See the complete list on the Association of Zoos and Aquariums website: http://www.aza.org/
The best places to visit in America 4 - Honolulu, HawaiiThe royal Hawaiian Center is a great place to learn Hawaiian cultural crafts including lei making, lessons in playing the ukulele or dancing the hula. Also enjoy a variety of free performances, including Polynesian song and dance and other cultural music. Check the schedule to find a plethora of offerings at http://www.royalhawaiiancenter.com/
The Hawaiian State Art Museum, known as HiSAM is another great way to experience Hawaiian culture in Art form. The museum includes 4 galleries and admission is always free. Visit their website for hours and information: http://sfca.hawaii.gov/hisam/visitor-information/
The best places to visit in America 5 - Olympic Training Center, Colorado SpringsFree public tours are conducted on a year-round basis by USOC Ambassadors. The tour includes a 12-minute film and 45-minute walking tour of the complex. Nearly 70% of the tour is out-of-doors. During the tour, visitors will have the opportunity to view athlete training facilities including Sport Center Gymnasiums, weightlifting and wrestling facilities, the USA Shooting Center, Coaching & Sport Science, the Aquatics Center, and Sport Medicine. Life-size figures with narrative panels adorn the Irwin Belk Olympic Pathway and provide information about Olympic and Pan American Sports
The best places to visit in America 6 - Philadelphia:Visit the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site
Edgar Allan Poe, the famous author of The Raven had a unique style of writing, which makes a visit to the house where he lived and wrote a very interesting experience. Some of Poe’s happiest and most productive years were spent in Philadelphia. Don’t miss the opportunity to descend to the basement to see Poe’s inspiration for The Black Cat. Explore the exhibits to learn about Poe’s life as well as his continued literary influence. See Website for Hours: http://www.nps.gov/edal/index.htm
Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia
“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal…” Independence Hall echoes these words. What an amazing experience to visit the place where the Declaration of Independence was signed and the Constitution drafted. Then see the old cracked Bell that proclaims liberty. The spirit of Franklin is alive in his adopted city. Become part of America’s journey in discovering its past! See the website for more information http://www.nps.gov/inde/index.htm
The best places to visit in America 7 - Staten Island Ferry, New York CityWho knew that a free ferry ride could be such an unbelievable experience? When you are on the Staten Island Ferry you have the most beautiful views of New York City and The Statue of Liberty that you can find!
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