Washington, MD

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United States Capitol showing an administrative buidling, heritage architecture and autumn leaves
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.

Where to stay in Washington

Washington Plaza
Washington Plaza
4 out of 5
10 Thomas Circle NW, Washington, DC, 20005
The price is $129 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 6
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! (1,952 reviews)
"Great hotel and convenient location."

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2022

Washington Plaza
YOTEL Washington DC
YOTEL Washington DC
4 out of 5
415 New Jersey Ave Nw, Washington, DC, 20001
The price is $157 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 6
Stay at this 4-star boutique hotel in Washington. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (363 reviews)
"Deck 11 pool arra amazing rooftop fun plus breakfast super good"

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2022

YOTEL Washington DC
Hyatt Place Washington DC/US Capitol
Hyatt Place Washington DC/US Capitol
3 out of 5
33 New York Avenue NE, Washington, DC, 20002
The price is $134 per night from Aug 4 to Aug 5
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Washington. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
3.7/5 Good! (969 reviews)
"Friendly staff"

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2022

Hyatt Place Washington DC/US Capitol
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.
YOTEL Washington DC
YOTEL Washington DC
4 out of 5
415 New Jersey Ave Nw, Washington, DC, 20001
The price is $157 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 6
Stay at this 4-star boutique hotel in Washington. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (363 reviews)
"Deck 11 pool arra amazing rooftop fun plus breakfast super good"

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2022

YOTEL Washington DC
Hotel Washington
Hotel Washington
4.5 out of 5
515 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20004
The price is $237 per night from Jul 24 to Jul 25
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Washington. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (496 reviews)
"Loves the outdoor space! Great location!"

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2022

Hotel Washington
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 $178 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 8
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! (2,139 reviews)
"Clean, modern, and near the national mall. The buffet was simply but high quality. Note that there aren't many sit-down restaurants in the area, but there's a couple of fast food places within a block."

Reviewed on Jul 2, 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.

Getting around Washington

Unlike many American cities, Washington D.C. is easy to navigate without access to a car of your own. Reach all the major points of interest using the Metrorail and Metrobus systems, which you can pay for with a reloadable SmarTrip card. The card also covers the DC Circulator, an affordable bus. Taxis are widely available and fairly inexpensive too. Rent a car if you plan to travel outside D.C. Visit the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) website. Browse Washington rental cars.

Best time to visit

Summer can get very hot and very busy in Washington, so aim to avoid the warmest months and visit in spring or fall instead. The city’s cherry trees usually blossom at the end of March and in early April. This annual spectacle tends to draw a high volume of visitors to the city. See it for yourself, however, and you will most likely decide it was worth braving the crowds for this lovely sight.

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