Explore Washington DC in Low Budget

If you are planning on visiting Washington DC for a day and you are on a limited budget then you landed at the right place. The below mentioned is the firsthand experience and a step by step guide to spend 24 hours to explore Washington DC in Low budget. Roam around and stay in hostel which is under 50 dollars and some more to do things that you should consider before you plan your next visit.

Places to Visit

Union Station

Opened in 1907, Union Station serves as major train station, transportation hub and leisure destination in Washington DC. Arrive by any major bus services or by train in the morning and get mesmerized by the architectural design of both of its interior and exterior. Therefore, one can easily spend 45 minutes to 1 hour in Union Station, enjoy its food court or take pictures in waiting hall or outside the building near the fountain.

Library of Congress

The best way to reach Library of congress from Union Station is through a 20 minutes walk while passing through many famous buildings like ‘Hart Senate Office building’ and ‘Supreme Court of the United States’.

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with a collection of more than 32 million cataloged books in many different languages. The library of congress consist of three buildings on Capitol Hill with the Thomas Jefferson as the main building. The entry to all the three building is free and one can easily pass his time in exploring the library of congress. So, take pictures of this historical architectural beauty which is a best way to explore Washington DC in Low budget.

United States Capitol

The best way to reach Capitol from the Library of Congress is through 5 minutes walk.

The United States Capitol or the Capitol Building is the home of the United States Congress. The all white exhilarating building is a marvel of history which embed in itself great lessons from the past. The building has a big dome like structure with Statue of Freedom on top of it. The Capitol offers free daily one hour guided walking tour to the visitors while they enrich themselves with the history of the United States.

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

The best way to reach Air Space Museum from Capitol is through 2 minutes walk.

The Air Space museum is one of the most visited museum in the United States. It contains the Apollo 11 command module, the Friendship 7 capsule which was flown by John Glenn, Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, the Bell X-1 which broke the sound barrier, the model of the star-ship Enterprise used in the science fiction television show Star Trek: The Original Series, and the Wright brothers’ airplane near the entrance. One can easily spend one to two in hours in exploring the museum and enjoying the activities in contains.

Washington Monument

The best way to reach Washington Monument from Air Space Museum is through 5 min walk while passing by other Smithsonian Museums.

The Washington Monument structure is like an obelisk stand tall in the center of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., which was built to commemorate George Washington, who was the first President of the United States.

World War 2 Memorial

The best way to reach World War 2 Memorial from Washington Museum is through 2 min walk.

The World War 2 Memorial is situated near to the Washington monument in National Mall. It is dedicated to the Americans who served in the armed forces during World War 2. It is surrounded by many pillars and a pair of triumphal arches along with a different fountain pools that looks awesome when lit at night. Resting beside the pool in peaceful day make you feel both comfortable and take you back into the past while watching all the war portraits.

The White House

The best way to reach The White House from World War 2 Memorial is through 10 min walk while passing The Ellipse Park.

The White House is the official residence of the President of the United States. In order to visit The White House you should book your free slot 3 months in advance. Otherwise you can only take photos of the back of White House from ‘Ellipse’ side and the Front from ‘Lafayette Square’.

White house

DuPont Circle

The best way to reach DuPont Circle from The White House is to take Metro from Farragut North to DuPont Circle Station. 

Located in the ‘Old City’ of Washington, DC and is bounded with populated neighborhood. The DuPont is famous for its as well as all the local eateries around. You can take away your food from any of the local restaurant and sit in the circle while enjoying the food and the chattering of the crowd.


The best way to reach Georgetown from DuPont Circle is to take Bus from P St+20th St to Dumbarton St + Wisconsin Ave

Famous not only for high class shopping but also for scenic views, restaurants and many charms of being the oldest and beautiful town of Washington DC. You can easily spend all your day involving in different entertainment and commercial activities for instance shopping, eating or any of the spa/saloons it offers.

Potomac River + Georgetown Cupcakes

Bring some cupcakes from the Georgetown oldest bakery shop and enjoy them eating while sitting beside the beautiful Potomac river and enjoy the sunset while breathing in the fresh breeze.

The Wharf and Georgetown Waterfront

Hop onto any water taxi and explore the DC’s riverfront communities from Georgetown to Wharf. Enjoy viewing many attractions and live music while at The Wharf.

Jefferson Memorial

The best way to reach Jefferson Memorial from The Wharf is through 10 mins walk.

The Jefferson Memorial is a presidential memorial containing the statue of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. 

 Jefferson Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

The best way to reach Lincoln Memorial from Jefferson Memorial is through 10 mins walk.

The Lincoln Memorials has all its glory under the white marble of most prominent building to view from the Potomac River side. The building is all lit at sunset, therefore, present one of the best views. It is open throughout the day and one can easily go inside at night. You can enjoy the beautiful night view of National Mall while sitting on the stairs of the memorial. This night experience is totally mesmerizing and one would fall in love easily.

Place to stay

Highroad Hostel 

Located in the heart of Washington DC and in a legendary neighborhood called Adam Morgan. This is the best hostel with all modern amenities with most affordable rates of just under $50 a night. 


The best way to roam around Washington DC is to use local transport which include Uber Pool or Lyft. If you want to visit more places in less time then use e-bikes or rental scooters. For long distances use Metro which is a much cheaper and feasible option.

Famous Places to Eat Out

The local eateries where you can enjoy low cost but tasty food are as follows:

  • Halal Guys near DuPont Circle
  • Sakina Halal Grill near City Center
  • Georgetown Falafel
  • Gyros near Georgetown
  • Shawarma from District Chicken

To sum up visiting Washington DC not necessarily mean to spend a hefty amount. One can easily experience this place with limited cash in hand. Surely a treat for all those who are always looking to visit new place.

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