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5 things to do in Washington DC on a budget

Today’s blog is brought to you by STA’s Alice Tolson, who spends her time pretending that living in Melbourne is amazing, while actually planning on escaping at every opportunity.

So you’ve decided you want to visit the home of  American politics and, more importantly, ridiculously addictive political dramas. If you’re hoping to meet Frank Underwood you’re both a sucker for danger and very silly. He’s far too busy for the likes of you.

Fictional politicians aside, there are so many free attractions in DC, is really is perfect for the budget concious traveller. Read on for our pick of the best things to see, do and eat in the capital of the US of A.

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4 Incredible USA Wilderness Destinations

Is there any country with a more diverse wilderness than the USA? Sure, Kenya has national parks teaming with wildlife, and Australia boasts the Outback, and New Zealand has some insanely stunning countryside – but the USA has all this, and then some.

That well-spouted statistic that only 30% of Americans have a passport may shock us Europeans, but actually, when you think of the ample opportunities for exploring that their own country, it’s not that surprising.

From soaring mountains and lush greenery to vast deserts and icy expanses, this region has enough going on to give even the most well-travelled explorer a serious case of itchy feet.

A geyser erupts in the USA's Yellowstone National Park

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9 Things to Do in Seattle

If you’ve learned everything you know about this brilliant city from watching 50 Shades of Grey and re-runs of Frasier, prepare for a shock. Neither was filmed in Seattle. I know. Our illusions were shattered too.

On the plus side, there’s an awful lot more to Seattle than Christian Grey, fine coffee and snooty restaurants. Read on for 9 things to do in the The City of Goodwill.

Underground Seattle

 The spooky streets under Seattle: courtesy of Rennett Stowe on Flickr

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4 Reasons Austin, Texas really is the Live Music Capital of the World

No doubt it’s a bold claim, but Austin didn’t pick their official motto out of a hat. We take a look at what makes this city a Mecca for music lovers worldwide and a perfect stop on any trip to the American South.

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5 Northwest USA Highlights

While New York, San Francisco and L.A. may steal the headlines, the Northwest is a  fantastic destination for adventurers looking to explore another side to the USA. With sensational backdrops, and a seasonal climate comparable to our beloved Britain, it’s an attractive addition to any travel wish-list.

OK, cow/horse boys/girls, buckle up, because we’re about to gallop across Northwestern USA.

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