If any place in the United States has an excess of free historical sites to check out, it’s Washington, D.C. The city is full of American treasures that will bring you back to the roots of the country’s foundation. Here are a few highlights in D.C. that you can check out for no cost at all.

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Photo by Jay Mullenix via Trover.com

Lincoln Memorial:

An obvious first choice for being one of the best known treasures in the United States, this monument honors the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, and features him sitting on a chair. Visitors often leave with a feeling of heavy emotional impact that they didn’t expect to have, so its worth checking out. The surrounding area is 164 acres and was opened in 1922. It’s open 24 hours a day, so there’s no need to worry about making it at a certain time.

National Gallery of Art:

The National Gallery of Art was founded in 1937 and includes a sculpture garden that features modern, contemporary, and neoclassical works. If you head to the museum’s website, you’ll be able to see the current exhibits as well as upcoming exhibits. It’s a good place to lounge around for a day and take it all in, and it’s best not to rush your visit. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

United States Capitol:

The United States Capitol is located on the famous Capitol Hill and houses the United States Congress. The structure was completed in 1800 with a Neoclassical design. The building is a trove of U.S. history and is one of the most important stops for any U.S. history fanatic. The Capitol is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, aside from holidays.

National Air and Space Museum:

This museum is part of the Smithsonian Institution and holds the biggest collection of aircraft and spacecraft in the world. The building is splayed out across a massive 161,145 square feet, so bring your walking shoes! Inside you’ll be able to see the massive collections as well as the research that the museum has gathered on places such as Mars, and the milestones that have been reached. You can catch the museum from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. seven days a week.

Library of Congress:

The oldest federal institution in the U.S., the Library of Congress is the research library for the United States Congress. Inside you’ll discover collections of historic newspapers, performing arts, films, old maps and manuscripts, as well as sound recordings, and much more. One of the best parts of traveling is checking out old books from each culture, and this library is going to be the best spot to learn about U.S. history, especially if you’re not familiar with it. The library is open Monday through Saturday starting at 8:30 am, but the closing times differ depending on the day.

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