Washington

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Washington
Visit the nation’s capital to admire presidential monuments, tour fascinating museums, watch professional sports and see modern history being created.

Washington D.C. is an important destination to learn about the U.S., its historic past and eventful present. Tour monuments and museums and appreciate nonpolitical aspects of this impressive city.

The National Mall and Memorial Parks is a good place to begin, with a 2-mile (3-kilometer) stretch of attractions. Stand on the steps of the Lincoln Monument and remember Lincoln’s actions in freeing slaves and establishing a path to race equality in the U.S. Gaze over the reflecting pool to see the tall Washington Monument for the nation’s first president at the center of the mall and the dome of the U.S. Capitol in the distance.

View poignant memorials recognizing American veterans of the Vietnam War, Korean War and World War II near the reflecting pool. Monuments to Franklin Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson and Martin Luther King, Jr. surround the Tidal Pool just south of the mall. Take a paddleboat across the water for different monument perspectives. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is just east.

The Smithsonian has 13 sites along or near the National Mall. Stop at the Smithsonian Castle visitor center to plan your days of exploration, whatever your interests. Among the options are the Air and Space Museum, the Natural History Museum, the American History Museum, the American Indian Museum, the African American History and Culture Museum and the African Art Museum.

North of the National Mall is the president’s residence, the White House. For tours of the White House or observations of sessions in the U.S. Capitol, contact your member of congress or country embassy well in advance of your trip to D.C.

Other attractions in Washington D.C. include the National Gallery of Art, the Newseum, filled with interactive stories about freedom and free expression, and the Library of Congress,recognized asthe world’s largest library. Ford’s Theatre, where Lincoln was assassinated, is now a working theater. Enjoy outstanding performances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. See professional football, baseball, hockey and basketball in nearby venues.

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Where to stay in Washington

Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel
Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel
3.5 out of 5
900 S Orme St, Arlington, VA, 22204
Fully refundable
The price is CA $112 per night from Feb. 10 to Feb. 11
CA $112
per night
Feb. 10 - Feb. 11
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Arlington. Enjoy breakfast, WiFi, and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,270 reviews)
"Perfect for my 2 night stay!!"

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Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel
Hotel Washington
Hotel Washington
4.5 out of 5
515 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20004
The price is CA $277 per night from Feb. 5 to Feb. 6
CA $277
per night
Feb. 5 - Feb. 6
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Washington. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (871 reviews)
"This hotel is so beautiful and convenient to everything!"

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Hotel Washington
The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center
The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center
4 out of 5
1400 M Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20005
The price is CA $185 per night from Feb. 4 to Feb. 5
CA $185
per night
Feb. 4 - Feb. 5
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Washington. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,132 reviews)
"I highly recommend the Westin, Washington DC City Center. The location is so close to so many great neighborhoods. It was really easy to get around. The hotel itself is extremely nice, loved the lobby, rooms and restaurant in the lobby. The service is exceptionally good. The staff is absolutely amazing. ..."

Reviewed on Feb. 2, 2023

The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Holiday Inn Washington Capitol - Natl Mall, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Washington Capitol - Natl Mall, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
550 C St SW, Washington, DC, 20024
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Washington. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,816 reviews)
"Great Service!"

Reviewed on Feb. 2, 2023

Holiday Inn Washington Capitol - Natl Mall, an IHG Hotel
Hotel Washington
Hotel Washington
4.5 out of 5
515 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20004
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Washington. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (871 reviews)
"This hotel is so beautiful and convenient to everything!"

Reviewed on Jan. 30, 2023

Hotel Washington
The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center
The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center
4 out of 5
1400 M Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20005
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Washington. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,132 reviews)
"I highly recommend the Westin, Washington DC City Center. The location is so close to so many great neighborhoods. It was really easy to get around. The hotel itself is extremely nice, loved the lobby, rooms and restaurant in the lobby. The service is exceptionally good. The staff is absolutely amazing. ..."

Reviewed on Feb. 2, 2023

The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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