Washington

Travel Guide
Washington

National treasures, American history and international politics take center stage in the U.S. capital city. 

Washington D.C., or “D.C.” as locals call it, was founded in 1791. As the epicenter of American politics, a visit to the nation’s capital isn’t complete without a trip to the White House. This is where America’s presidents have lived and worked for more than two centuries. Next door is the National Mall where you’ll find many of the country’s most revered landmarks. You can’t miss the towering Washington Monument, a 555-foot (169-meter) marble obelisk. Make your way up to the elevated U.S. Capitol Building for a breath-taking view across the Reflecting Pool towards the Lincoln Memorial. It was here that crowds gathered for Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963.

The National Mall showcases tributes to the nation’s patriots and heroes. These include the Korean War Veterans Memorial and Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Jefferson Memorial and World War II Memorial. It’s also home to the U.S. Botanic Garden and the National Gallery of Art. The revered Smithsonian Institute, the world’s largest museum and research complex, has most of its 19 exhibit halls on the mall. These include the National Museum of Natural History and the National Air and Space Museum. Use the wide, tree-lined sidewalks around the mall to explore the sights on foot or by hired bike.

Public transportation in D.C. is fast and easy. The DC Circulator bus stops in a number of districts, including Rosslyn, which is close to the Arlington National Cemetery, the Pentagon and the Iwo Jima Memorial. In the historic district of Georgetown you’ll find 18th-century architecture and modern-day shops and cafes. For nighttime entertainment, head to the U Street Corridor in the Shaw neighborhood where jazz legend Duke Ellington used to play nightly.

Washington D.C. hosts many lively festivals year round. Join in one the nation’s largest Independence Day celebrations on July 4. Each April film buffs from around the world enjoy the Washington DC International Film Festival. Music lovers gather every June for the DC Jazz Festival. The city also has a thriving theater scene. See a live stage show at The National Theatre, walking distance from the White House. The Shakespeare Theatre Company gives free performances throughout the year at the Sidney Harman Hall in Downtown D.C.

Be prepared for humid weather in summer and snowfall in winter. Visit Washington D.C. in spring and you may be lucky enough to catch one of the city’s most spectacular displays: for just a few days in March or April, some 1,600 cherry trees around the Tidal Basin burst into bloom.

Best time to visit Washington, D.C.Peak Season: From March through June, expect higher rates as tourists flock to the city for the cherry blossoms and Congress finishes up its session.

Value Season: September and December are your best bets for great hotel deals and shorter lines. July and August are also good for travel bargains, but expect humid weather.

Where to stay in Washington

Hotel Harrington
Hotel Harrington
3 out of 5
436 11th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20004
The price is CA $176 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Washington. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value in our reviews. ...
3.6/5 Good! (1,627 reviews)
"Location was good to walk to many sites. Staff was accommodating. Hotel is old with history but could use some upgrades. A/C and heating units cannot be controlled by each room. The three restaurants in this building were not the best. Be prepared to pay, food was not great!"

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

Hotel Harrington
Yours Truly DC
Yours Truly DC
4.5 out of 5
1143 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20037
The price is CA $196 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Washington. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (538 reviews)
"The location was very close to George Washington university. It had a great gym and restaurant as well."

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

Yours Truly DC
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
The price is CA $243 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Washington. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,086 reviews)
"We have 2 kids under 2 and booked a 1bedroom suit so the wife and I could relax after putting the kids to bed. A nicely updated room that was VERY large. The suit was still less expensive than 1 room at other hotels."

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

Holiday Inn Washington Capitol - Natl Mall, an IHG Hotel
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.
Sonesta Simply Suites Falls Church
Sonesta Simply Suites Falls Church
3 out of 5
205 Hillwood Ave, Falls Church, VA, 22046
The price is CA $156 per night from May 23 to May 24
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Falls Church. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (738 reviews)
"Was a little sketchy at first. But was I entered the lobby I was pleasantly surprised. The gentleman at the front was very professional. The property was pretty clean and the rooms are very clean and modern."

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

Sonesta Simply Suites Falls Church
WhyHotel by Placemakr, National Mall
WhyHotel by Placemakr, National Mall
3.5 out of 5
600 4th St SW, Washington, DC, 20024
The price is CA $248 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Washington. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour fitness center, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Smithsonian National Air and ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (75 reviews)
"Good location"

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

WhyHotel by Placemakr, National Mall
WhyHotel by Placemakr, Union Market
WhyHotel by Placemakr, Union Market
3 out of 5
331 N St NE, Washington, DC, 20002
The price is CA $186 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Washington. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Union Station Shopping Center and Capital ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (28 reviews)
"The room was amazing and so was the staff. Would stay here every time i visit."

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

WhyHotel by Placemakr, Union Market
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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