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Visiting Washington DC on a Budget

Updated on March 31, 2018
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Kayla is a mom of three, taking life one adventure at a time. Kayla has her BA in Psychology. She enjoys reading and traveling.

Walking the Streets of DC

We recently got the chance to experience walking the busy streets of Washington DC. It was a fun family time, and even our three children enjoyed seeing all the monuments the city had to offer. There were so many monuments placed throughout, we didn't get to see them all but the ones we did were spectacular. It was a trip I know everyone is going to remember. There is a lot of walking involved, I would recommend good shoes, and maybe a backpack to fill with water and snacks! (There are food trucks located along the streets, but rather pricey)

We ended up finding parking in a public parking ramp- it was $25.00 for the whole day, and you can stay parked until midnight. There were other parking ramps around the same price range, but we picked the first one we found, since it was so busy. The side streets offered parking too, which was hard to find but only allowed a max parking for 2 hours- which is not long enough if you are planning on visiting multiple areas. There are tour buses and trolleys available for purchase, but we choose to walk. A stroller might be good for children in case they get tired.

Along the streets there are plenty of food trucks and t-shirt trucks that offer other little trinkets. Be prepared that most of these trucks/stands only accept cash. There are some that accept cards, those were far and few between. We did decide to try one of the food trucks, we've heard good things about food trucks. We were disappointed by the food- it tasted awful!

We were lucky enough to see some of the DC Monuments up close and personal- let's take a look! If you are traveling on a budget, this is a great trip because these monuments are FREE to look at!

White House
White House

1). The White House

We were surprised to see how small the white house looks in person. There was some protesting happening while we were visiting, but all was peaceful. Didn't seem like there was too many individuals around at this time. They are heavily guard with police and snipers on the rooftop of the building. Our son was very excited for all the police around. (his dream job, he's 8). We did not see President Trump during this visit.

2). Washington Monument

The Washington Monument was really cool to see up close! It's so high, 555' feet up. It was build to honor the first president of the United States- George Washington. Going inside the monument is closed until Spring 2019. I am not sure what the price is to enter the building- I do know visiting from the outside is Free.

3). Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial was built to honor our 16th president, Abe Lincoln. This was an amazing monument to see, it was huge, 99' feet! Apparently, around 6 million people visit this memorial each year, how crazy is that?! There is a reflecting pool out in front of the memorial as well. This was probably one of the neatest things we have seen. There are a lot of stairs to get to the top, but thankfully they do have an elevator if needed!

Lincoln Memorial
Lincoln Memorial
Abe Lincoln
Abe Lincoln

4). World War II Memorial

The World War II Memorial was rather big too, and was a beautiful memorial to see, designed to honor all of those who have served in World War II. Was really a beautiful sight to see.

World War II Memorial
World War II Memorial
Vietnam Memorial
Vietnam Memorial
Vietnam Memorial
Vietnam Memorial

5). Vietnam Veterans Memorial

This was a really neat memorial to see. A friend of ours asked us to look for a name on the wall, so we had fun looking for a particular name. You can also ask the information desk for a piece of paper and pencil and get a name off the wall. Our friend asked us to do this- which we did. We also each picked a random name, and will plan on keeping this with us forever in our memories. Thank you to all that have served.

These monuments were so neat to see up close, this is a trip I would recommend to anyone. Even the kids really enjoyed it. :) I hope you get the chance to take a look around the streets of DC and possibly add to our list of monuments here!


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