Washington D.C. is well known for having a high cost of living. Rents and mortgage payments are some of the highest in the country. The cost of food is well above the market prices of food in surrounding states. Transportation rates are somewhat more in line with other areas, but many seniors struggle to afford the costs of getting where they need to go. It’s no secret that large numbers of seniors are forced to live on fixed incomes. Washington D.C. seniors have something in their favor to help with expenses. Heavy tourism promotes a lot of discounts. Area seniors get the benefits of those same discounts. Here’s where to find them in Washington D.C.
Arlington National Cemetery is an amazing place to discover our nation’s history, watch the changing of the guard, and see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Admission to Arlington Cemetery is free and seniors get a discounted tour of the grounds for just $9.
Smithsonian Museums are free every day. Eleven Smithsonian Museums are located around the National Mall and there are another six museums located in greater Washington D.C.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is free for everyone, but tickets are required from March 1st to August 31st, because of the large number of visitors. It’s best to order tickets early.
National Archives and Registration Administration admits guests at no charge. This museum is home to the most important documents and materials that were created in the course of U.S. Federal government matters. The National Archives consider 1%-3% of the nation’s documents to be important enough to be housed in this building.
United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing is responsible for developing and producing United States currency notes that can be trusted worldwide. The facility does not produce coins, which are only produced at U.S. Mints. Admission to the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing is free.
Washington Monument is one of the most notable sights on the National Mall. Tickets that take you to the top of the monument are free, but only a limited number of people can enter at a time. It’s best to get tickets very early and be prepared to wait in a long line. Tickets can only be used on the day of purchase.
Capitol Building Tours are a highlight of Washington D.C. and like many other Washington D.C. sights, the tour is completely free. These tours fill up quickly, so it’s a good idea to book the tour well in advance.
Mount Vernon is the gorgeous home of George and Martha Washington. Guests get to view the mansion, the outbuildings, the beautiful gardens and grounds, livestock, and the tomb of Washington, his wife, and other family members. The site also has a slave memorial and burial ground, a pioneer farm, the wharf and Potomac River, a museum and educational center, a distillery, a gristmill, and interesting shops. Senior citizens get discounted tickets for $19 and they are further discounted online, where the cost is just $16. There is so much to see at Mount Vernon that it’s worth it at any price!
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