Tourism is essential to businesses in Washington State, boosting the economy by billions of dollars every year. And recent research shows that visitor numbers are on the rise. Washington State has also got a reputation as one of the wealthiest states, but that doesn’t mean you need a lot of money to have a good time there: you’ll find plenty of activities you can participate in for free. Here’s just some of the things you can do in Washington State without needing to pay.
Hit The Markets
Markets are a good way to immerse yourself in the culture and to get to meet the people. And one of the most popular is the well-established Flea Market at Eastern Market; with so much to see, the tourist could easily spend the day there just browsing the stalls. There’s plenty of low priced bargains to be had if you’re in the mood for spending, and the market is situated close to key landmarks such as the Library of Congress. Consider using the market as good starting point for exploring Washington D.C. and its wealth of tourist attractions.
You’ll discover several other flea markets in Washington state area too: there’s The Penny Lane, Pike Place and the Seattle Antiques market to name but a few. If you just plan on browsing, there are free to look around, and the markets are hugely popular with tourists and natives alike. Check their websites for details of the days they run, and if any entrance fees might apply on the day of your visit.
Visit The Trails And Parks
Spokane is particularly rich in parks and trails to explore, so if you like to lead an active lifestyle, make a beeline for the region: Manito, Riverside and the Riverfront Park all have unique features that are sure to fascinate the visitor. And then there’s the trails. Spokane has several major trails, including Ben Burr and the Fish Lake Trail. There’s a useful resource for planning your walks here
Walking tours are also a good (free) way to see the sights, and they’re a good choice if you’re visiting and don’t know the area well. You can find out information about free walking tours online, and they’re hosted most of the year. Or visit the Washington State Department of Transport website for details of free cycle routes.
See The Museums
Whatever your interests, you’re sure to find a museum that will spark your imagination; in Washington State there’s museums dedicated to everything from wooden boats to glass. Although these museums aren’t always free, many of them host several free days every week/year. If you’re looking for ideas, there’s the highly rated Hands on Children’s museum, Heritage Park, Granite Falls or the Kids Discovery Museum. Remember to check the free days ahead of your visit.
Washington State truly lights up in the winter months, and for those planning a visit around this time, you’ll discover a plethora of free-to-do activities. For example, you could try the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, or one of the many bazaars. And look out for variety shows, and special exhibitions, which are often free to enter, or at least free for children.
View The Landmarks
Washington is home to numerous historic landmarks. If you have an interest in history or just love taking pictures, Washington State has plenty to offer in that department. Manito Park and Botanical Gardens, Washington State Capitol, the Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery, the National Archives building, and of course, the Whitehouse are just some of the landmarks of interest.
As one of the busiest and wealthiest states in the America, Washington State has always been a huge draw for visitors; there’s events hosted all year, and it doesn’t matter if you don’t have a large budget to spend. At any time of year, you can visit the flea markets for a browse, spend some time in one of the numerous museums, or follow a trail or two.
And the State doesn’t slowdown in winter, either. There’s a ton of winter events hosted every year, many of which are free. Just dress well and wrap up warm, and you’ll be ready to join in the fun.
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