$100 a Day: Washington, DC

As part of our February story on giving your budget a boost by using a destination management company, we asked some of the experts from DMCs across the country to plan activities in popular destination cities - for under $100 a day. Here's the lowdown on our nation's capital:

Washington, D.C.
Enjoy a free performance at The Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage at 6pm every evening. This free performance at this famous performing arts center features everything from the National Symphony Orchestra to Military Bands to poetry readings.
Stroll through the National Zoo to discover some of the world’s greatest treasures.  
Play pilot in a mock cockpit at America by Air, an exhibition on permanent display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
The National Museum of American History proudly displays the original “Star-Spangled Banner” that inspired our national anthem.  Other fascinating artifacts on display are Dorothy’s red slippers and Julia Child’s kitchen.   
Get up close and personal with Honest Abe at the Lincoln Memorial and pay your respects at the Vietnam War Memorial before continuing on to honor U.S. soldiers at the WWII Memorial.
Take in Arlington National Cemetery to see the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
Test your knowledge of U.S. President at the National Portrait Gallery, where the nation's only complete collection of presidential portraits outside the White House is located.
Visit The Roman Catholic Institutions, including the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Franciscan Monastery and Garden, Catholic University, and the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center.  
Climb the steps at the National Cathedral and take in the city vistas.
Follow Georgetown's cobblestone streets to Old Stone House, a National Park Service site and the last pre-Revolutionary building standing in Washington, DC on its original foundation.
Visit Eastern Market on weekend mornings to browse the work of local artisans and sample farm-fresh produce and concoctions.
Visit the 102-year-old Union Station to find out why its beautiful architecture and special events make it more than just a train station.

- Marty MacKay, GEP