Accommodation & places to visit in Washington D.C.
The capital of the United States, Washington D.C., was founded in 1791 and named in honor of George Washington in what is formally known as the District of Columbia. More commonly known as D.C., Washington or "the District", the US capital is located on the country's east coast along the Potomac River. Home to all three branches of the US federal government, Washington also houses numerous monuments and museums, as well as a great number of professional associations, lobbying groups and nonprofit organizations.
When to visit
The absolute best times to visit Washington D.C. is during the spring and fall months. Spring, although not a peak season, often attracts many visitors due to the Cherry Blossom Festival that occurs in late March and early April. However, autumn brings with it the changing of the leaves and cool, crisp breezes. Even though Washington sees many visitors during the summer months, you'll find that conditions are hot, humid and sticky. However, if you can stand the heat, you'll find that most museums have plenty of good air-conditioning. You'll also find that winter is an off-peak season, mainly due to the city's freezing cold temperatures and common snowstorms.
Washington D.C. has four distinct seasons, which is typical for the humid subtropical climate zone that it is in. While spring and fall are temperately warm, summers are hot and humid, while winters bring cold temperatures and snow.
Average July daily temperatures of 79.8°F (26.6°C), with high humidity levels, make for hot and muggy summers. While on the other hand, average winter temperatures of 38°F (3.3°C) lasts from December to February, and bringing annual snowfall that averages around 15.5 inches (39 cm). Weather patterns can also have a big effect on Washington, as every 4 to 6 years they are also affected by blizzards. On rarer occasions, they are also subject to violent "nor'easter" storms that typically affect large portions of the East Coast. Occasionally, late summer and early fall will also bring hurricanes (or the remnants of one) to the area. The biggest weather pattern effects, however, are caused by a combination of storm surge, high tide and runoff that causes flooding of the Potomac River, which often results in extensive property damage for Georgetown.
While there is only 1 zoo, the National Zoological Park, Washington D.C. offers a slew of sights and landmarks, museums, tours and activities, nature and parks, outdoor activities, theatre and concerts, as well as some great food and drink destinations.
Some of the top things to do in Washington D.C. include: Tours
• Walk of the Town
• DC by Foot
• City Segway Tours of Washington, DC
• Bike and Roll DC
• Washington Photo Safari
• U.S. National Arboretum
Theatre & Concerts
• John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
• Ford's Theatre
• U.S. Marine's Sunset Parade
• Blues Alley
Food & Drink
• DC Brew Tours
• DC Metro Food Tours
• Carp DC Food Tours
With a rich history seated in the founding of America, there is an abundance of things to see in Washington DC. Sights & Landmarks
• Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool
• Library of Congress
• Korean War Veterans Memorial
• Vietnam Veterans Memorial
• Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
• Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
• National World War II Memorial
• Jefferson Memorial
• Washington National Cathedral
• National Gallery of Art
• United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
• Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
• National Portrait Gallery
• Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
• Hillwood Museum & Gardens
• Smithsonian Institution Building
• Smithsonian American Art Museum
Tips & Recommendations
• With so many things to see and do in the DC area, you can easily overdo yourself. Instead, plan on returning in the future and trim your itinerary down the most important activities.
• Be prepared to do plenty of walking and wait for security checks. Museums alone can cover large chunks of ground, and they also have many airport style security checks.
• Save money and get around easier by using a SmartTrip card and riding the Metro. Even if you only planning on being in DC for a few days, a seven-day pass can save you more money than you might expect on transportation.
The large The Graham Georgetown offers plenty of rooms. Book a comfy 4-star room here. Lincoln Memorial is one of the easily accessible attractions from here. This accommodation is a convenient base for accessing John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Hotel RL Washington DC by Red Lion is a large property in Washington D.C.. A good option for those who seek a greater degree of comfort in Washington D.C.. This location is not far from Lafayette Square and The White House. Lincoln Memorial is just one of the attractions within a short distance. In the immediate vicinity of this accommodation, you'll find the outstanding National Museum of American History and National Museum of Natural History. Accessing John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is easy from here.
The 3-star rating reflects Ginosi Washington Apartel's good quality. For convenient connections, Union Station is easy to reach from here. If you plan on visiting National Mall, Library Of Congress or Lafayette Square, this accommodation is a good choice. Capitol Building and American Treasures Exhibit are recommended favorites. A museum visit can be fascinating; try the nearby Newseum or National Gallery Of Art.
You're sure to enjoy great service and quality, at 4-star The View Apartment. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is easily accessible. Close at hand, the landmarks National Mall and Library Of Congress are useful orientation points. In the surrounding area, Jefferson Memorial, Capitol Building and American Treasures Exhibit are among the attractions you can enjoy. From this property you'll be close to National Air & Space Museum and Smithsonian Institution. Famous sites such as Washington Monument are close by.
With its well-earned 3 stars, Dupont Circle Apartment is a fine choice. Lafayette Square and The White House are easily accessed from this property. Museums in the neighborhood include National Museum of American History and National Museum of Natural History. Washington Monument is just 1.9 km (1.2 miles) away. A number of exciting events are held at the nearby Verizon Center.
The modest-sized Ginosi Waterfront Apartel offers attentive service. The high star rating ensures a comfortable stay along with excellent facilities. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is easily accessible. Near this accommodation, you'll find National Mall and Library Of Congress. The neighborhood's many attractions include Jefferson Memorial, Capitol Building and American Treasures Exhibit, all within easy reach. Wandering through National Air & Space Museum and Smithsonian Institution, both a short walk away, is time well-spent. This property is located near Washington Monument.
With no more than 20 rooms, Swann House Historic Dupont Circle Inn is a small boutique establishment. A good option for those who seek a greater degree of comfort in Washington D.C.. It should be easy to find Lafayette Square and The White House near here.
Duo Housing Hostel's small size creates a more homey atmosphere. The rooms here are rated 2-star(s). National Museum of Natural History and Lafayette Square are both within walking distance from here. Verizon Center is located 1.0 km (0.7 miles) from this lodging.
The affordable 2-star HI Washington DC - Hostel offers value for your budget. The accommodation is near Union Station for easy accessibility. This district is jam-packed with landmarks such as Lafayette Square, The White House and National Mall. Washington Monument is only 1.6 km (1.0 miles) from here. Verizon Center is a nearby arena.
With no more than 20 rooms, Canal Inn - Hostel is a small boutique establishment. Offering 2-star rooms, this is a great option for good quality at a low price. Nearby Lincoln Memorial might be the high point of your vacation. Offering direct access to John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, this accommodation is an excellent choice for conference attendees.
On a budget? 1-star Downtown Washington Hostel is an excellent choice. You'll easily access all the city has to offer: Union Station provides public transit connections throughout Washington D.C.. A landmark you'll enjoy while visiting Washington D.C. is Library Of Congress. Capitol Building and American Treasures Exhibit are walkable from the accommodation. Nearby is picturesque Verizon Center .
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