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.
Looking for something on a grand scale? Washington Marriott Georgetown offers an extensive room selection. The high star rating ensures a comfortable stay along with excellent facilities. Lafayette Square and The White House are nearby landmarks. Good to know: This accommodation is close to Lincoln Memorial. Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a major attraction in the area. Conference attendees at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts appreciate it's proximity to here.
With its 3 star rating, Washington Marriott at Metro Center guarantees a comfortable stay. A great choice for travelers who prefer large hotels. Capitol Building isn't far from here and it's a must-see! A museum visit can be fascinating; try the nearby National Museum of Natural History or National Museum of American History. Nearby, Washington Monument is well worth a visit. Its proximity to Verizon Center, makes this a popular choice.
If you're looking for a larger property, consider Holiday Inn Washington-Central/White House. The high star rating ensures a comfortable stay along with excellent facilities. Premier attractions, such as Lafayette Square and National Museum of American History, are within walking distance from the accommodation. Here you'll be within easy reach of Verizon Center.
The 3-star Holiday Inn Washington-Capitol is an attractive option for your stay in Washington D.C.. With its extensive layout, this hotel gives you plenty of rooms to choose from. Given the proximity of Union Station, it's easy to arrive here by public transit. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is close enough for easy access. The neighborhood's many attractions include Capitol Building, American Treasures Exhibit and Jefferson Memorial, all within easy reach. Cultural options in the vicinity include National Air & Space Museum and National Gallery Of Art. The well-known Verizon Center is 1.4 km (0.8 miles) from this Washington D.C. property.
Residence Inn Washington, DC/Foggy Bottom offers plenty of rooms and options. Book a comfy 3-star room here. It should be easy to find Lafayette Square and The White House near here. Take a leisurely walk toLincoln Memorial, a recommended attraction! The accommodation is situated near Vietnam Veterans Memorial. For business travelers, this location provides close proximity to John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
You'll enjoy an ample choice of rooms at Residence Inn by Marriott Washington, DC Downtown. Expect 3-3 quality at this property. Here, you'll find Lafayette Square and The White House as well as National Mall, all just a short distance away. Washington Monument is a major attraction in the area. Cultural options in the vicinity include National Museum of American History and National Museum of Natural History. An events arena close by is Verizon Center.
Residence Inn by Marriott Washington, DC/Dupont Circle offers a large selection of attractive rooms. Indulge in a 3-star accommodation. You'll be centrally located near landmarks such as Lafayette Square and The White House. Accessing John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is easy from here.
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.
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.
Rated 2, Duo Housing Hostel offers the basics at a price you can't beat. You'll find a number of attractions in the vicinity, including National Museum of Natural History and Lafayette Square. Within 2km (1.25mi), you'll find Verizon Center.
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.
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 .