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Potential White House Visit

In addition to the many Washington DC attractions, there may be an opportunity for the NPC to organize a free tour of the White House. Public tours of the White House include the public rooms in the East Wing, which includes the Blue Room, Red Room and Green Room; the State Dining Room; the China Room; and a view of the White House Rose Garden. We are in the process of petitioning the White House for this tour. Please understand that due to national security concerns there is a rigorous process that we will need to engage by November 5th. If you are interested, then please understand the NPC will need to gather certain sensitive information from you, such as social security number. Although the tour itself will be free,there will be a nominal fee to cover transportation. If we are approved (which may only be 4 weeks prior), we will notify NPC members of the opportunity, and open registration for this free standing event.


Free Things to Do in Washington DC

Free things to do:


Visit the Smithsonian Museums

Collectively called the Smithsonian Institution, this world-renowned museum and research complex in the District consists of 17 museums, galleries and a zoo. Each one is free to enter, and across the spectrum, you can learn about the origins of man, the wonders of art, the history and future of flight and so much more. 

  • - National Museum of African American History & Culture
  • - National Museum of American History
  • - National Zoo
  • - National Air & Space Museum
  • - Steven F. Udvar Center
  • - American Art Museum & Renwick Gallery
  • - National Museum of Natural History
  • - National Portrait Gallery
  • - Freer/Sackler Galleries
  • - Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
  • - National Museum of the American Indian
  • - National Postal Museum
  • - National Museum of African Art
  • - Anacostia Community Museum
  • - Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle)

Museum of the Bible

Although donations are suggested for entry into this colossal museum, there is no admission charge. As soon as you enter the Museum of the Bible through its 40-foot bronze doors, its majesty is undeniable. Beyond its awe-inspiring grand lobby, you will find 430,000 square feet of exhibits that cover the history of the Bible, its many narrative forms and its impact on societies around the world.

Museums on the National Mall

To go along with the incredible monuments and memorials, the National Mall features free museums, both of the Smithsonian variety and not. You can enjoy all of them without paying a cent, including the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the U.S. Botanic Garden and the National Gallery of Art.


Udvar-Hazy Center

Part of the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum, the jumbo Udvar-Hazy Center collection houses all sorts of flying machines and gears, filling two enormous hangars with crafts like the space shuttle Voyager and a Concorde jet, as well as oddities like a flying car. Add an IMAX theater, an observation deck and flight simulators, and it’s no surprise that, along with its sister museum on the National Mall, this place draws eight million visitors annually.

United States Holocaust Museum

Dedicated to one of the worst tragedies in world history, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum educates its visitors on the dangers of hatred and the atrocities of genocide, as well as how society can confront challenges to freedom and human dignity. Its in-depth exhibits form some of the most essential viewing that DC’s museums have to offer.

Visit the largest Roman Catholic Church in America

The domed Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Brookland stands as the largest Roman Catholic Church in North America and one of the ten largest churches in the world. Free guided or self-guided tours are available of the massive edifice, which is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and includes numerous shrines to her and a three-story high mosaic portrait of Jesus. The Basilica is open every day of the year.

Warm up by the fire at The Wharf

DC’s newest dining, shopping and entertainment hot spot is a great wintertime destination. The Wharf features The Torch, a 14-foot gas-powered flame situated by the water that is a marvel to see and stand by. There's also a fire pit for visitors to gather around and cook delicious s’mores, as well as free winter games like curling and broomball – just check out The Wharf's upcoming events.

Enjoy gorgeous views from the Old Post Office’s clock tower

Although the Old Post Office is now the Trump International Hotel, you can still experience the historic building’s clock tower, which is operated by the National Park Service and features stunning elevated vistas of the District. Admire the city’s expanse, and you should be able to spot some fall foliage, too. Tower hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Sunday, with the last entry coming at 4:30 p.m. Admission is, of course, free.

Say “What’s up?” Einstein

Hang out with one of history’s greatest geniuses at the Albert Einstein Memorial, located outside of the National Academy of Sciences’ building. The larger-than-life statue makes for a perfect photo-op.

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Explore Capitol Hill:

How do I Tour the US Capitol and see Congress in Session?

The U.S. Capitol Building is one of the most recognizable buildings in the world and the center of American democracy. The world-famous domed building is home to the United States House of Representatives and Senate; where America’s congressmen and congresswomen conduct business, debate laws and pass bills on behalf of the American people. The U.S. Capitol and U.S. Capitol Visitor Center is also one of DC’s most popular monuments and museums and welcomes millions of visitors each year.

Plan your visit in advance! A public tour of the U.S. Capitol is free and open to anyone who makes an advance reservation, although there are some same-day tickets available by standing in line at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center.  We recommend reserving a tour date and time online, or you can book a staff-led tour through the office of your representative or senator.

The Magic Duel – 5 Star Magic Show

Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC

Magic isn’t for kids anymore.  First rate snarkists Mark Phillips and Brian Curry battle for the title of Best Magician in The Magic Duel.  This show is full of seriously funny magic that will fool you.  It involves the audience from start to finish.  At the end of the show, the audience votes for the winner.  An amazing night out!

Barracks Row in Eastern Market

Eighth Street SE in the Eastern Market Neighborhood is also known as Barracks Row for its proximity to the Marine Barracks on the same street. Located in the heart of the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood, Eastern Market is DC’s destination for fresh food, community events, and on weekends, local farm-fresh produce and handmade arts and crafts.  From Tuesday through Sunday, visitors flow through the South Hall Market, where merchants serve the finest meats, poultry, seafood, produce, pasta, baked goods and cheeses from around the world. On weekends, Eastern Market buzzes with excitement, live music, and local flair! Outside of the market, local farmers empty their trucks with recently harvested produce…direct from farms in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. Beyond fruits, veggies, and fresh flowers, over 100 exhibitors of handmade arts, crafts, jewelry, and antiques offer something for everyone! Although it's been a bustling commercial district for centuries, today it's one of the most popular places in the city to go out for a drink or a bite to eat.

Blues Alley

1073 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC

Blues Alley, the historic Georgetown jazz haunt, has hosted so many musical greats in its 50 years it’s mind-boggling. Everyone from Wynton Marsalis to Jimmy Rushing to Dr. John has graced its stage, yet it has never lost its original charm. With live music more than 300 nights a year, you can stop by almost any day and hear world-class jazz.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Arlington National Cemetery

See the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.  The guard is changed every hour on the hour October 1 to March 31 in an elaborate ritual.