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

Washington Plaza
Washington Plaza
4 out of 5
10 Thomas Circle NW, Washington, DC, 20005
Fully refundable
The price is CA $216 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Washington. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the bar in our ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,961 reviews)
"The property is close to major landmarks, well within walking distance of the Monument, White House, Capitol, Botanic Garden etc. Keep up the good work! I plan on stopping by again. Soon. Very very soon."

Reviewed on Sep. 23, 2022

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
Fully refundable
The price is CA $273 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3
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! (2,471 reviews)
"We enjoyed gracious and welcoming staff, a location just blocks from all the sights, and comfortable rooms."

Reviewed on Sep. 22, 2022

Hotel Washington
Hotel Washington
4.5 out of 5
515 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20004
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $379 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3
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 helpful staff and the ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (677 reviews)
"The W is always a great place to stay. Close to the Mall, great restaurants, and the rooftop bar has a view like no other."

Reviewed on Sep. 19, 2022

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! (2,471 reviews)
"We enjoyed gracious and welcoming staff, a location just blocks from all the sights, and comfortable rooms."

Reviewed on Sep. 22, 2022

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 helpful staff and the ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (677 reviews)
"The W is always a great place to stay. Close to the Mall, great restaurants, and the rooftop bar has a view like no other."

Reviewed on Sep. 19, 2022

Club Quarters Hotel in Washington DC
Club Quarters Hotel in Washington DC
2.5 out of 5
839 17th St NW, Washington, DC, 20006
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Washington. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,092 reviews)
"The location was good for our needs, the room was clean, comfortable, and the personnel at the desk were very pleasant and helpful"

Reviewed on Sep. 23, 2022

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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