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WashingtonUnited States of America

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

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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 €65 per night from 22 Jan to 23 Jan

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,190 reviews)

"The hotel was very clean and orderly. It is located right in the middle of China town so you have your choice of multiple Chinese restaurants although we did not have an opportunity to eat at one. If you want your room serviced though you have to request it one day in advance so go ahead and request ..."…"

Reviewed on 5 Jan 2021

Motto by Hilton Washington DC City Center
Hyatt Place National Harbor
Hyatt Place National Harbor
3 out of 5
123 Waterfront Street, Oxon Hill, MD
The price is €104 per night from 27 Jan to 28 Jan

Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Potomac River Waterfront Park and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from MGM National Harbor. Nationals ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (127 reviews)

"The staff, especially the front desk staff, was exceptionally friendly and helpful! They were courteous, efficient, and greeted me each and every time I happened to walk through the lobby! Less pleasing was the breakfast fare offered, although I realize that options are, of necessity, limited due ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2021

Hyatt Place National Harbor
The Capital Hilton
The Capital Hilton
4 out of 5
1001 16th St NW, Washington, DC
The price is €103 per night from 22 Jan to 23 Jan

Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lafayette Square and White House. George Washington University and Dupont Circle ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,193 reviews)

"It wasnt facing anything in particular but I wasnt mad about it."…"

Reviewed on 6 Nov 2020

The Capital Hilton
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Holiday Rentals in Washington

Marriott Vacation Club Pulse at The Mayflower, Washington DC
Marriott Vacation Club Pulse at The Mayflower, Washington DC
3.5 out of 5
1127 Connecticut Avenue NW, 7th Floor, Washington, DC
The price is €105 per night from 29 Jan to 30 Jan

Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this condominium resort is within a 15-minute walk of Dupont Circle, George Washington University and White House. National ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (41 reviews)
Last minute vacation in dc

"The staff was very helpful easy check in and check out. The room was exactly what was shown in the hotel pics. Very comfortable and very safe every one wore their mask and the hotel have plenty of hand sanitizer"…"

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2020

Marriott Vacation Club Pulse at The Mayflower, Washington DC
NW DC Downtown Stays
NW DC Downtown Stays
3.5 out of 5
1200 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC
The price is €196 per night from 18 Feb to 19 Feb

Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of CityCenterDC and Walter E. Washington Convention Center. White House ...

NW DC Downtown Stays
Global Luxury Suites at The White House
Global Luxury Suites at The White House
3.5 out of 5
733 15th Street NW, Washington, DC
The price is €208 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan

Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Lafayette Square and White House. National Theatre and Warner Theatre ...

4.1/5Very Good! (129 reviews)

"I was thrilled with the location and the appearance. I had everything I needed Including washer/dryer in the apartment."…"

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2020

Global Luxury Suites at The White House
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

5/5 - Excellent

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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 

5/5 - Excellent

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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.

4/5 - Good

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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!