Washington, DC is the center for democracy in the United States, and the idea that I was going to spend the weekend there thrilled me because I am a patriot and I love the country that I call home. Washington, DC is the home of the White House, the Capital Building, and the Washington Monument plus countless other historical buildings that are enough to fill any American with pride. However, while Washington is full of history, it is also an expensive place to visit, but there are ways that I found that can make the cost to take a trip to Washington a lot lower.
Transportation to Washington Other Than a Plane
Some people like the idea of flying in a plane because it is fast, but the truth is that plane trips often deny people the benefit of enjoying the beautiful American countryside. People can call me a good ol’ boy if they want to, but the fact is that I prefer not to travel by plane. I do not live that far from Washington, DC, and for less than one hundred dollars, I can spend six to 10 hours on a bus. Bus travel is actually quote comfortable, and it stops long enough to make the journey pleasant.
Finding Very Cheap Accommodations in Washington
Some people think I am a little on the crazy side because I prefer to stay at hostels. For people who do not know what they are, a hostel is basically like a dormitory for people who travel or for students. Hostels basically have a bed, a television, and a small kitchen, and the cost is about 15 to 25 dollars a night. Hostels are not luxurious at all, but they can really come in handy if you want a good clean place to stay that is not overpriced.
Free Attractions around Washington, DC
I cannot describe how many free attractions there are around Washington, DC that are worth going to see. One of the best attractions for me personally was going to Arlington National Cemetery. I come from a long line of men that served their country, and visiting soldiers that are buried in the cemetery is enough to move anyone to tears.
Men and women who serve the military sacrifice their lives for our freedom, and paying these brave souls respect is something every American should do. After the trip to the cemetery, I enjoy walking through a natural setting, and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal is a beautiful historic park that goes back to the 1700’s. Now that fall is here, and winter is coming, a brisk walk through the park is the perfect end to a perfect day in our nation’s capital.
Washington, DC is where democracy happens every day, and for people who want to go there can find inexpensive ways to get there like taking a bus, staying in a hostel, and taking advantage of all the free attractions. Washington, DC is an amazing city that anyone that loves America as much as I do need to visit at least once in their lifetime.