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Cheap areas to stay in Washington, D.C.

It may be home to the movers and shakers of government, and all the assorted VIPs in their elite circles, but that doesn’t mean you have to splash the cash to have a memorable visit to Washington, D.C. There are cheap hotels a-plenty, with many to be found in Logan Circle, a picturesque district known for its array of 19th-century townhouses. Even prettier is Georgetown, an ages-old area with charming cobbled streets and Georgian mansions. Budget-friendly pads can also be found across the river in Arlington, close to the iconic military cemetery.

Cheap hotels in Washington, D.C.

La Quinta Inn & Suites DC Metro Capitol Beltway is the perfect choice for a cheap and comfortable stay. The guestrooms come with free WiFi, meaning you don’t have to splurge to keep up with the online world, while the free breakfast will get you off to a great start every morning. Another good choice is the Best Western Pentagon Hotel – Reagan Airport, which offers free shuttle rides to and from the airport itself, and there’s an outdoor pool, too. Comfort Inn Ballston, meanwhile, has smart, spacious rooms along with free WiFi and free breakfasts.

Where to find cheap food in Washington, D.C.

Want cheap food on the go? The NoMa district is a culinary hotspot you can’t miss. You can find it all here, from lip-smacking pizzas and juicy burgers, to Peruvian chicken wraps you can grab from quick-serving counters. Check out Union Market, one of the best places to pick up tasty food without restaurant prices – the zingy buffalo chicken empanadas, hearty pot pies, and chocolatey Belgian waffles will get mouths watering. Over in handsome Dupont Circle, you can try generously filled sandwiches from Greek and Jewish delis, or dine in a casual diner.

Cheap things to do in Washington, D.C.

The Phillips Collection, which opened in the 1920s, is considered America’s first ever museum of modern art. It’s as impressive today as it’s ever been, boasting works by international giants including Paul Cezanne – considered the father of Modernist art – and American icon Mark Rothko. Meanwhile, history buffs will relish Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, a Federal-style home which was once the dwelling of Martha Washington’s granddaughter. Here, you can see exhibits ranging from Victorian glassware to the actual plates and cutlery used by George Washington himself, not to mention relics from the Revolutionary War. Then, take a wander through the National Mall, where the piercing obelisk of the Washington Monument is just one of numerous attractions. You can also take a free tour of the White House itself, if you submit a request prior to your visit.

Cheap ways to get around Washington, D.C.

One of the great things about visiting D.C. is that you can explore so much of it on foot. Georgetown, in particular, has a quaint, village feel to it, while Dupont Circle – with its shops and galleries – is also enjoyable to stroll around. And if you do need to get somewhere quickly in the city center, you can always make use of the cheap Circulator buses, which run between major landmarks. The Metrorail network is also a quick and easy way to get around during your visit.

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