10 Free Things to Do In D.C. During #CDECAICDC

Ryan Bognar | Wisconsin Collegiate DECA

The 2018 International Career Development Conference is right around the corner and before we know it we’ll all be having a great time in Washington, D.C. If you’ve never had a chance to visit our nation’s capital, #CDECAICDC is the perfect opportunity to experience the incredible culture and character that the city has to offer.

Although unfortunately the Washington Monument is closed until 2019 due to repairs, Washington D.C. still has numerous other free attractions that chapters should take advantage of when they’re not competing or networking at ICDC, including nineteen operated by the Smithsonian Institution.

Check out this list of ten free things that you and your chapter can do in Washington D.C. during #CDECAICDC:

1. Visit the National Zoo.
Home to more than 1,500 animals across 300 species, the National Zoo is open daily (weather permitting) from 9am-6pm.

2. Spend time at the National Air and Space Museum.
The National Air and Space Museum has thousands of objects on display, including the 1903 Wright Flyer and Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis.

3. Stroll through the U.S. Botanic Garden.
Open every day from 10am-5pm, the U.S. Botanic Garden features over 5,000 plants from all over the world.

4. Visit the largest library in the world.
The Library of Congress, first opened in 1897, houses millions of items which can be accessed in the building’s gorgeous reading room.

5. See the Declaration of Independence.
If you’re interested in seeing the original Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and Bill of Rights, then I suggest you spend some time at the National Archives, which is home to all three.

6. Watch the U.S. Supreme Court in Action.
Although there are no guided tours of the Supreme Court, you still have an opportunity to see the justices in action. Court sessions, including handing down of opinions are open to the public at a first-come, first-served basis.

7. Tour the U.S. Capital Building.
Visitors can book tours of the U.S. Capitol building through the offices of their Congressional representatives, some of whom lead their own tours of the building.

8. Go to the National Museum of Natural History.
D.C.’s Natural History Museum is the world’s most popular natural history museum is dedicated to understanding the natural world and our place in it.

9. See the Lincoln Memorial.
The iconic Lincoln Memorial towers over the Reflecting Pool, anchoring the western end of the National Mall. The Lincoln Memorial is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

10. Tour The White House.
Although The White House does offer free public tours, much planning needs to take place before you can make your visit. Tour requests are made through one’s Member of Congress and must be submitted no less than 21 days in advance.

Washington D.C. has so much more incredible free things to see than just what’s on this list, including the Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and guided National Park Service tours. But no matter what you and your chapter decide to do with your time in Washington D.C., remember to plan ahead and make those tour reservations sooner than later because you don’t want to miss out!

ICDC in Washington, D.C., is just a few short weeks away and we can’t wait because it’s going to be #Limitless!

This article was written by Wisconsin Collegiate DECA President, Ryan Bognar. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @bognarryan.

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