Visit the Smithsonians Admission to this magnificent host of museums – and the Smithsonian's National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute – is free,making it a very economical option for visiting families and solo travelers. Book the tour from Boston to Washington DC on the website with discount price, to explore Washington D.C. and experience its culture. The Castle, the institution's national headquarters, serves as an excellent starting point for gathering additional information about each Smithsonian outpost.

Check out the U.S. Capitol Get in touch with your congressman and schedule a free tour of the U.S. Capitol. While you're at it, saunter over to the Library of Congress' three iconic buildings, which are also free to enter Monday through Saturday.

Skip the street vendors These kiosks provide overpriced (and mediocre) drinks and treats. Bring your own water bottle and snacks while touring the National Mall's monuments and museums.

Culture & Customs

The District has long attracted lobbyists, petitioners, history buffs and power players, but these days it's growing a diverse population thanks to its resurging neighborhoods and unfolding restaurant, shopping and nightlife scenes. The city also beckons to people from all parts of the country and places around the world due to its high-power jobs and universities.

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During your time in the nation's capital – regardless of whether you're a D.C. transplant or tourist – there are certain unspoken customs to follow. For example, if you don't want to stick out as a visitor while using the metro, remember that the right side of the escalator is for standing; leaving the left side open for those who want to hurry up or down.

D.C. also has deep roots in black history and the civil rights movement. Since the Revolutionary War, the city has always had a large black population, as freed slaves from the Upper South would move here to find work. This has since influenced much of Washingtonian culture, as people like Frederick Douglass and Duke Ellington both called D.C. home. Ellington was a major player in shaping the city's music scene, playing jazz in venues along the U Street Corridor. Several attractions, including the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, also pay homage to the city's civil rights ties.

A variety of music, art, nature, food and cultural festivals take place throughout the year in and around the District.