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Cheap areas to stay in Washington

The epicentre of the nation’s capital, downtown D.C. is studded with iconic cultural attractions. While the accommodation here is usually on the pricier side, it’s still home to a scattering of cheap digs. For the cheapest hotels in the Washington area though, consider staying in Laurel, a few miles northeast. Alongside strip malls and chain eateries, it’s home to the Patuxent Research Refuge, which features natural wildlife and picturesque trails. Southwest over the Potomac River, Alexandria is another budget-friendly base. Its cobbled Old Town brims with attractions, like the George Washington Masonic Memorial.

Cheap hotels in Washington

Located in the Capitol Heights area, La Quinta Inn & Suites DC Metro Capitol Beltway offers plenty for the price. Its amenities include an outdoor pool, fitness facilities and 24-hour business centre, and its stylish rooms come equipped with microwaves and refrigerators. For a cheap Downtown stay, the HI Washington DC Hostel is a friendly and funky haven for thrifty travellers, and offers free WiFi, continental breakfasts, and a games room. For something cosier with its very own garden, Adam’s Inn provides a home from home less than 2 miles north of the city centre.

Where to find cheap food in Washington

From live music and sports bars serving up sizzling American classics, to homely pizzerias and family-run restaurants offering every cuisine imaginable, Downtown has it all. In fact, there’s cheap food scattered throughout the entire city, and with its many students, Georgetown has it in good supply. Situated beside the Potomac River, the university hub boasts cheap burger and sandwich bars, take-out joints, and sit-down eateries offering everything from Mexican to British fare. For those craving oriental flavours, Washington’s colourful Chinatown is home to around 20 palate-pleasing Asian eateries – many of which are budget-friendly.

Cheap things to do in Washington

Washington, D.C., is laden with cheap things to do, and its star attraction won’t cost you a dime. Luring in millions of visitors each year, the sprawling National Mall is home to some of the city’s best museums and galleries. Some of these offer free admission, including the National Gallery of Art with its many masterpieces, the National Air and Space Museum with its historic aircraft and the National Museum of Natural History – which is home to everything from dinosaur exhibits to geological artefacts. The sprawling park is also dotted with gardens, statues and world-famous landmarks, including the pillared Lincoln Memorial and the WWII Memorial. Nearby, you’ll find the free-to-enter Holocaust Memorial Museum, as well as the White House itself. There’s plenty more freebies to take in, too, including the National Zoo, the National Archives and over 2000-acres of natural beauty at Rock Creek Park.

Cheap ways to get around Washington

Since Washington’s star attractions are mostly clustered around the National Mall, walking is the main mode of transport for most sightseers – though cycling is always an option too, given how bicycle-friendly the city is. If you need to get further afield, Washington’s public transport network provides plenty of ways to move about. There’s the Metrorail train network, which provides a quick and convenient way to travel between neighbourhoods, the affordable Metrobus and the visitor-friendly D.C. Circulator bus. The latter moves between the city’s attractions and main tourist hubs, and costs next to nothing to ride.

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