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WashingtonUnited States of America

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 as the 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.

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Where to stay in Washington

Downtown Washington D.C. showing street scenes, a city and night scenes

Downtown Washington D.C.

4.5/5Wonderful!(6,676 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and important monuments, there's plenty to explore in Downtown Washington D.C.. Check out top attractions like International Spy Museum and Capital One Arena, and jump on the metro at McPherson Sq. Station or Center Station to see more of the city.

Downtown Washington D.C.
Dupont Circle which includes a monument and a statue or sculpture

Dupont Circle

4.5/5Wonderful!(2,793 area reviews)

Visitors to Dupont Circle love its fantastic nightlife, and you can check out Dupont Circle and Phillips Collection. If you want to see more in the area, you can get around town on the metro at Dupont Circle Station.

Dupont Circle
Georgetown showing a house, heritage architecture and a city

Georgetown

4.5/5Wonderful!(371 area reviews)

Georgetown is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Georgetown Waterfront Park and Tudor Place while you're in town.

Georgetown
Capitol Hill showing heritage elements, a garden and an administrative buidling

Capitol Hill

4/5Very Good!(2,968 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and important monuments, there's plenty to explore in Capitol Hill. Check out top attractions like United States Capitol and Washington Navy Yard, and jump on the metro at Capitol South Station or Eastern Market Station to see more of the city.

Capitol Hill
Georgetown - Foggy Bottom which includes a memorial, a city and a statue or sculpture

Foggy Bottom

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,220 area reviews)

Important monuments and popular shops are a few of the things travelers enjoy most about Foggy Bottom. A visit to Watergate Complex or World Bank is also recommended, and you can jump aboard the metro at Foggy Bottom Station to get around town.

Foggy Bottom
Theodore Roosevelt National Park which includes a city and a river or creek

Northwest

4/5Very Good!(100 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and important monuments, there's plenty to explore in Northwest. Check out top attractions like Smithsonian's National Zoo and Washington National Cathedral, and jump on the metro at Cleveland Park Station or Van Ness-UDC Station to see more of the city.

Northwest

Top Hotels in Washington

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Yours Truly DC
Yours Truly DC
4 out of 5
1143 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC
The price is $99 per night

Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of George Washington University, White House, and Lincoln Memorial. Walter E. Washington ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (17 reviews)

"Awesome hotel great location for price!! Loved the room very nice and cute and clean"…"

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2020

Yours Truly DC
Grand Hyatt Washington
Grand Hyatt Washington
4 out of 5
1000 H Street NW, Washington, DC
The price is $139 per night

Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of CityCenterDC and Ford's Theater. White House and Walter E. Washington Convention ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (6,420 reviews)

"Great room. Comfortable bed and clean. We will return again."…"

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2020

Grand Hyatt Washington
The Westin Washington National Harbor
The Westin Washington National Harbor
4 out of 5
171 Waterfront St, Oxon Hill, MD
The price is $161 per night

Located in the heart of Oxon Hill, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Potomac River Waterfront Park and within 9 mi (15 km) of Nationals Park and Washington ...

4.2/5Excellent! (982 reviews)

"Nice hotel love the harbor view. Went for my husband’s birthday."…"

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2020

The Westin Washington National Harbor

Popular places to visit in Washington

White House
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White House

4/5(5,961 reviews)

Explore the home and workplace of the president of the United States. See entertainment areas and state rooms and learn about the history of this famous building.

National Mall
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National Mall

4.5/5(4,016 reviews)

Inspiring architecture, magnificent museums and the icons of American history await on Washington’s famous two-mile (three-kilometer) strip. 

Washington Monument
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Washington Monument

4.5/5(6,231 reviews)

Centerpiece of the National Mall, America’s tribute to the country’s founding father stirs the soul while offering superb views from the top.

George Washington University
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George Washington University

4.5/5(1,664 reviews)

Enjoy the collegiate vibe with a visit to George Washington University, a top college in Washington. Discover the area's great live music and notable monuments.

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

4.5/5(1,503 reviews)

Heaven for aviation enthusiasts, this museum takes you on an uplifting journey through the history of flight and space travel.

Lincoln Memorial
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Lincoln Memorial

4.5/5(6,391 reviews)

Epic words, exceptional architecture, and an inspirational view combine in this stirring tribute to America’s 16th president.

Top things to do in Washington

Best of DC – With Access to US Capitol & National
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Best of DC – With Access to US Capitol & National

$125
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Washington DC African American Heritage Tour/Ticket to MAAHC
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Washington DC African American Heritage Tour/Ticket to MAAHC

$82
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Washington DC National Monuments by Moonlight Trolley Tour
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Washington DC National Monuments by Moonlight Trolley Tour

$45
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Washington, D.C. Day Trip from New York
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Washington, D.C. Day Trip from New York

$169
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Magic LED Guided Night Tour 3hr Pick up/Drop off & Earpieces
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Magic LED Guided Night Tour 3hr Pick up/Drop off & Earpieces

$55
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
National Geographic Museum General Admission
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National Geographic Museum General Admission

$15
Per adult

Reviews of Washington

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 5, 2020

We were there for our sons wedding he had at the Spanish Trail, it was nice area.

5/5 - Excellent

EDITH

Jun 2, 2020

The protestors were not peaceful. Well a few were, but most were anarchists. I did feel safe and peaceful in the hotel however.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 31, 2020

Beautiful city, lovely to see our nation's capital in spring

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 27, 2020

I went to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It is a very somber, yet thought-provoking place.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 27, 2020

Great place to visit

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 25, 2020

DC is one of my top 2 favorite cities to visit...with SF being the other

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