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.
The Hay-Adams boasts a 5-star rating. The array of rooms guarantees you'll find one to your liking. Lincoln Memorial isn't far from here and it's a must-see! Wandering through National Museum of American History and National Museum of Natural History, both a short walk away, is time well-spent. This lodging is a good choice for visiting Washington Monument, which can be reached on foot from here. Verizon Center is a nearby arena.
Washington Court Hotel is a large property in Washington D.C.. Rated 3 stars, this accommodation is more than above average. Major transportation routes can be accessed at Union Station. Here, you'll be close to numerous Washington D.C. attractions, including Capitol Building and American Treasures Exhibit. Nearby Newseum and National Gallery Of Art are important cultural attractions. Within 2km (1.25mi), you'll find Verizon Center.
If you like a larger holiday accommodation, Avenue Suites is a good choice. The comfortable rooms are 3-star rated. Close at hand, the landmarks Lafayette Square and The White House are useful orientation points. Take a leisurely walk toLincoln Memorial, a recommended attraction! From this location you can easily reach Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Nearby John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a popular site for conferences and events.
With its well-earned 3 stars, Washington Apartelle is a fine choice. A nearby station is Union Station. You can walk to National Mall, Library Of Congress and Lafayette Square from here. From this holiday accommodation, you can easily reach Capitol Building and American Treasures Exhibit. Booking a room here puts you near Verizon Center.
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 The William Lewis House offers intimate spaces and comfy rooms. The rooms here are rated 2-star(s). The well-known landmarks, Lafayette Square and The White House are walking distance from here. Verizon Center is one of the stadiums in the vicinity of this property.
The 3-star Mt Vernon Square Bed and Breakfast is an attractive option for your stay in Washington D.C.. The number of rooms is low, the quality of personal service is high. Public transit is accessible at nearby Union Station. This property is centrally located near Lafayette Square, National Mall and The White House. While staying in Washington D.C., you might enjoy visiting Capitol Building. 0.9 km (0.6 miles) away, Verizon Center is a popular tourist attraction.
Economize by staying at the 2-star Duo Housing Hostel. This location provides easy access to popular attractions such as National Museum of Natural History and Lafayette Square. Verizon Center is an easy destination.
HI-Washington DC - Hostel has a 2-star rating. Union Station is the nearest station to this property. You can easily get to Washington Monument from here. Nearby National Museum of Natural History and National Museum of American History are important cultural attractions. The nearby Verizon Center is a popular attraction.