As the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. is a political hub housing all three branches of the United States’ federal government. Nestled between Maryland and Virginia, this politically driven city is teeming with historical sites such as the U.S. Capitol and White House; intriguing Smithsonian museums; and famous monuments, including the Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and the Korean War Memorial. Book your Washington D.C. vacation today to experience it all.
Washington, D.C. hotels are scattered around, many of which are just within a stroll of the National Mall and some of the must-see monuments and museums. There are also accommodations centrally located near the D.C. Metro System, which offers opportunities for further sightseeing in the area.
There are also hotels near Washington, DC, situated in the city’s surrounding areas, such as Alexandria and Arlington. These cities are just minutes away from the D.C. action, but they also feature their own attractions, such as The Pentagon in Arlington and Old Town in Alexandria.
Travelers can book rental cars in Washington, D.C. but driving around is sometimes best reserved for the areas outside of the city.
In the heart of the D.C., it’s best to walk. Many of the must-see attractions are within walking distance of one another, so trekking on foot is one of the most convenient, and often only ways of arriving at each destination.
Besides walking, the Metro offers an easy way to get around. The Metro has lines that service areas within Washington, D.C. as well as cities in surrounding Maryland and Virginia. The Metro system also includes Metrobuses with more than 200 bus routes in the Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia areas, including stops at all the Metro transit stations.
The National Mall is one of the main attractions in Washington, D.C., but oftentimes visitors underestimate how much walking is involved. Also, the Mall focuses mostly on the historical attractions, galleries, and museums, so eateries are few and far between. For the most enjoyable sightseeing experience, pack comfortable walking shoes and stock up on snacks and plenty of water before trekking the Mall.
If your dog is joining you in D.C., he can visit the Lincoln Memorial and the Capital Crescent Trail with you. Play fetch on the National Park, or take a jog together in Rock Creek Park. The nation’s capital also features a variety of restaurants and even “yappy hours” in which your pup can join you for dining and socializing.
If you’re looking to visit Washington, D.C. when the weather is pleasant enough to walk around without feeling uncomfortable, book a trip during the spring or fall. Spring presents temperatures around 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. In autumn, the heat from the sweltering summer has tapered off, but it has yet to welcome the frigid winter temperatures ahead.
Visitors often underestimate the city’s overwhelming heat in the summer and the chilly degrees in the winter. Summers in Washington, D.C. present sticky humidity and temperatures ranging from the 80s to around 100 F, with August usually serving up the warmest temperatures of all. As for the winter months, the city often averages temperatures around 30 and 40 F, with the potential for snow. If you plan on traveling during the summer, stock up on water and breathable clothing, while winter vacationers will want to pack the works: jackets, boots, scarves, and mittens!
Whether it’s the political debates heating up the city or the culture and fashion keeping the district cool, there are plenty of things to do Washington D.C. at any time of the year. Book our cheap Washington D.C. hotel deals right here with Expedia.com to get your vacation started right away.