Visit Washington DC, USA
From its iconic monuments and buildings to its historic neighbourhoods and free museums, the capital of the United States offers a huge array of attractions.
Consider a tour of the White House Visitor's Centre, which offers a wealth of information about one of the most powerful symbols of American history and politics. From there you can make your way to a number of moving tributes, including the Vietnam War Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial.
Washington DC is especially known for its museums. From the Holocaust to the history of space exploration and from dinosaurs to international spies, there's a museum for almost every area of interest, with many offering free admission. In addition don't miss the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, the National Gallery of Art, the Pentagon, and the National Archives where you can see the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Great shopping, restaurants and colonial architecture can be found in Georgetown. The Mall, a slice of greenery in the centre of town surrounded by the buildings of the Smithsonian Institution, the Washington Monument and the US Capitol, is the perfect place to enjoy a hot dog, relax and take in the sights and sounds of this lively city.
Suggested itineraries featuring Washington DC
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Washington DC, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
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Places near Washington DC
- Annapolis 30 miles away
- Baltimore 35 miles away
- St. Michael's 45 miles away
- Front Royal 63 miles away
- Gettysburg 66 miles away
- Lancaster 88 miles away
- Richmond 97 miles away
- Charlottesville 99 miles away
- Williamsburg 114 miles away
- Virginia 116 miles away
- Philadelphia 124 miles away
- Virginia Beach 153 miles away
- Roanoke 195 miles away
- New York 206 miles away
- Raleigh 234 miles away
- Ithaca 247 miles away
- Winston Salem 262 miles away
- New York State 287 miles away
- Buffalo 293 miles away
- Rochester 297 miles away
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Accommodation choices for Washington DC
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Washington DC. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Just two blocks from the White House, the St Regis is a sophisticated option. The grand architecture in the lobby will impress as soon as you step inside, and you’ll receive a level of service to match, with a staff whose attention to detail is remarkable.
Within walking distance of Georgetown and Dupont Circle, the Kimpton Hotel Palomar is a contemporary boutique hotel, which caters for politicians, businessmen and tourists alike.
The Fairmont is located in the fashionable West End, close to Georgetown and the White House. It offers 415 spacious guest rooms and suites, with Wi-Fi (extra cost), marble bathrooms and full LCD flat-screen television.
A modern masterpiece of lodging and lifestyle amenities in the heart of the Capitol Hill business district, the Kimpton George Hotel is a bold boutique hotel of revolutionary spirit.
Set in an historic all-marble building that is a Registered National Landmark, the Kimpton Hotel Monaco, Washington DC is a boutique hotel in a vibrant setting, close to a number of popular attractions.
Ideas for experiencing Washington DC
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Washington DC, and which use the best local guides.
This three hour afternoon cycling tour is a fun and easy way to explore Washington D.C.s monuments and memorials on the National Mall and Potomac Tidal Basin.
This is a tour taking in monuments, memorials, museums, picturesque scenery and magnificent architecture are abundant in Washington D.C.