Sadly, we did not make it to the zoo… but according to the website there are pandas, elephants, white-naped cranes, gorillas, tigers, and cheetahs!
21: Walking Tour with DC by Foot with a guided tour for FREE (guides work for tips)! There are 4 tours to choose from, be sure to check the schedule. reservations of 6 or less are not required.
22: See how money is made for free! There are different policies for peak (march-aug.) and non peak times (sept.-feb.) It’s 40 minutes and free all year round, but you need tickerts for the peak time. This another thing I will do next time I go (hopefully, when those cherry blossoms are blooming!)
23: Play Frisbee, throw a football, have a picnic, fly a kite, or take silly pictures in the Washington Monument field. You can not go to the top right now because of damage from the earthquake.
24: You have to see the white house which is walking distance to the Washington monument and National Mall. Be sure to check out the front and the back side of the White House. If you want to see the inside, you have to request a tour through a member of congress. See the details here. Lafayette square is directly in front of the White House and has really tame squirrels that are fun to see.
This is actually the back of the White House (I feel like it is always the view on tv?)
You know I like squirrels
25. 4 must see Memorials: Lincoln, MLK, Korean War, WWII… all free you could do all of these in an an hour walk! The reflecting pool was under construction while I was there
26. Cherry Bloom Festival (March 20- April 27, 2012) I really want to see these suckers in bloom! There’s a parade, performances, and music
27. Visit the National Archives (for free) and view the original Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence! There are different times for different seasons, be sure and check it out.
28. Tour the capitol building- Tours are M-F from 8:50-3:20. Passes are required, but free
29. Old Post Office Clock Tower Tour- Since the Washington monument is closed, this is the next best option in DC for a birds eye view. It’s free and open 7 days a week!
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