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Washington
Travel Guide

Washington

National politics, historic monuments, museums, theatres, art galleries and quirky festivals – the U.S. capital city has a lot to offer.

Home to the seat of the United States government, Washington DC has often been overshadowed by national politics. But there is much more to the capital than white mansions and austere politicians. With more historic monuments than you can shake a stick at as well as a wealth of museums, art galleries, theatres and festivals, this is one city that will keep you on your toes.

Bursting with festivals and events, the capital attracts a wide variety of visitors all year round. Join the locals for Independence Day, catch a film at the Washington DC International Film Festival or get your groove on at the DC Jazz Festival. If theatre is your thing, visit The National Theatre, or if you’re on a tight budget, head to the Sidney Harman Hall for a free performance by the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

Washington DC is a city that lends itself beautifully to sightseeing. Make a beeline for the National Mall which contains a plethora of national monuments as well as some of the most beautifully landscaped gardens in the state. Pause to reflect at the Korean War Veterans Memorial before moving on to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, both of which are thought-provoking reminders of the human cost of war. Afterwards, smell the roses in the U.S. Botanic Garden before browsing the wonderful works of art in the National Gallery of Art.

Get some fresh air on your way to the iconic Washington Monument. From here, make the lovely walk along the Reflecting Pool to the Lincoln Memorial. Stand on the steps where Dr Martin Luther King Jr delivered his famous ‘I have a dream’ speech and gaze on the Capitol Building in the distance. Next, stroll under the gorgeous cherry trees on the walk to the Jefferson Memorial. These beauties bloom delightfully in spring so have your camera ready.

Visitors will be spoiled for choice with 19 museums under the umbrella of the outstanding Smithsonian Institute. If you are on a tight schedule, pop into the National Museum of Natural History before heading to the National Air and Space Museum to learn about the history of aviation.

Finally, if you only have time to do one thing in Washington DC, visit the Arlington National Cemetery. Perhaps the most famous military cemetery in the United States, this is a sombre and contemplative space. As you wander through the rows of small white grave markers, take a moment to reflect upon the 400,000 servicemen and women who are buried here. This might not be the first place you would consider visiting on your trip to Washington; but believe it or not, it will be the one you take home in your heart.

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Where to stay in Washington

Courtyard by Marriott Washington Downtown/Convention Center
Courtyard by Marriott Washington Downtown/Convention Center
3 out of 5
901 L Street NW, Washington, DC
The price is €100 per night from 31 May to 31 May
Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Ford's Theater and Capital One Arena. White ...
4.4/5Excellent! (797 reviews)
"Nicer, newer, good WiFi and not more than a mile from White House. Good stay for the $"

Reviewed on 4 May 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Washington Downtown/Convention Center
Motto by Hilton Washington DC City Center
Motto by Hilton Washington DC City Center
3.5 out of 5
627 H Street NW, Washington, DC
The price is €72 per night from 10 May to 10 May
Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Smithsonian American Art Museum and CityCenterDC. Capital One Arena and Walter E. Washington Convention ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,845 reviews)
"Nice room and location, not much room to walk around. Still a nice deal to be right in the middle of DC"

Reviewed on 3 May 2021

Motto by Hilton Washington DC City Center
Yours Truly DC
Yours Truly DC
4.5 out of 5
1143 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC
The price is €127 per night from 10 May to 10 May
Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of George Washington University, National Mall and White House. Lincoln Memorial ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (199 reviews)
"Yours truly dc always delivers!! Between the ambiance and the location, I’m always happy with my stay. The rooms are relaxing and the staff goes out of their way to accommodate!"

Reviewed on 6 May 2021

Yours Truly DC
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
The price is €108 per night from 15 May to 15 May
Situated in the historical district, this aparthotel is 1.3 mi (2 km) from Eden Center and within 6 miles (10 km) of Inova Fairfax Hospital and Tysons Corner ...
4.4/5Excellent! (621 reviews)
"The front desk was very friendly and welcoming. The room is not large but the space is well appointed and the use of every inch is maximized for convenience."

Reviewed on 28 Apr 2021

Sonesta Simply Suites Falls Church
Global Luxury Suites Bethesda Chevy Chase
Global Luxury Suites Bethesda Chevy Chase
3.5 out of 5
4850 Rugby Ave, Bethesda, MD
The price is €242 per night from 10 May to 10 May
Located in Woodmont Triangle, this aparthotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from National Institute ...
4.1/5Very Good! (80 reviews)
"It was great experience! Perfect place to stay during pandemic. We were able to relax and cook and have fun inside. Highly recommended."

Reviewed on 2 Apr 2021

Global Luxury Suites Bethesda Chevy Chase
Sonder | The Grace
Sonder | The Grace
805 King Street, Alexandria, VA
The price is €164 per night from 9 May to 9 May
Located in Old Town Alexandria, this aparthotel is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Potomac River Waterfront Park and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Birchmere. MGM National Harbor ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
"Very clean, great location, 10/10 would recommend!"

Reviewed on 2 Apr 2021

Sonder | The Grace
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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2 Feb 2020

Great place to visit would recommend Washington dc a lot if historical monuments and buildings great time in dc

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22 Jan 2020

Washington and it’s history makes for a brilliant trip

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1 Jan 2020

A lot to see but easy to see in 2 days. Nice to walk around or Uber. Did not bother taking public transport as that was difficult to find. Had a cloudy day and a sunny day 

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10 Dec 2019

Love Washington, this was our third trip. So much to see and do, very safe, fab metro service.

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4 Dec 2019

Excellent Postal Museum

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3 Dec 2019

I love this city and have seen the attractions on many occasions before. Great place to visit!