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Free things to do in Washington, DC

National Archives

The vast collection of the National Archive & Record Administration (NARA) represents the physical record of the birth and growth of a nation in original documents, maps, photos, recordings, films and a miscellany of objects. The catalogue resonates with national

National Zoological Park

The free-admission National Zoo offers a diverting escape. Particularly during the off-season, when the paths are not cluttered by pushchairs, the zoo offers a perfect (albeit hilly) stroll, away from the bustle of Connecticut Avenue. Tree-shaded paths wind through the

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Free from the Smithsonian Institution

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Check off the Smithsonian’s bravura array of museums, galleries and institutions in Washington, DC—work your way along Museum Mile and beyond…

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