Free Summer Tours for the Family

If your family needs a break from the summer heat, head north.  Vacationers enjoyed these free summer tours.  However, register and plan in advance to visit these places for free this summer or anytime during the year.

White House and Capitol tours are free, but visitors should contact in advance a member of Congress for tickets and confirmation of these tours.  Government-issued photo identification is required for federal security background checks.  If you can’t take the indoor tours, many visitors take photos outside the Capitol and White House.   These photos were taken last Friday and during the heavy rain in the NE and Mid-Atlantic states over the weekend.  Ride DC’s METRO ($4-$5 roundtrip) or taxis to visit other museums and monuments in the nation’s capitol.

 Washington DC’s Chinatown and other restaurants are within walking distance from 1000 H Street NW.

Admission to the new Bible museum is “free,” but most visitors pay the suggested $20 admission price to see the history of the Bible. Expect to go through security checks and screenings before entering the museum.

Greenville-Spartansburg, South Carolina is home of the BMW museum, factory tour and one of two BMW Performance Driving Schools.  The other driving school is in Thermal, California near Palm Springs, California.

The BMW museum is free to all tourists. A tour group of students and adults from mainland China visited the BMW museum on Tuesday.

Advance reservations and $10 admission are required for the BMW factory tour. During the 1-hour walking factory tour, you’ll see  BMW X3, X4 and X5 SUVs are put together in 32 hours, if they pass the 22 quality control inspections.  The South Carolina location is the only BMW factory in America. Customer delivery of a BMW X 3,4, or X5 also is available here.

No, these are not stolen cars or street racers. They are BMW driving school students.

On the pricey side, the BMW Performing Driving School is for adults and teenagers. For $895, you can learn to drive on closed tracks at high speeds, emergency braking, handle wet slippery roads and avoid accidents. Students also spend a lot of time behind the wheel during the 8 hour daytime course.


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