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Packed full of iconic buildings, historic monuments and fascinating museums, Washington DC makes the perfect destination for anyone interested in US culture. Book flights to Washington now and discover this slice of American history for yourself.
Although summer is peak season in Washington DC, temperatures can be very hot and attractions busy. Booking flights to Washington DC just outside of the peak season – September to November or March to May – can help you to avoid the crowds and the sizzling heat of the summer.
The winters in Washington can be freezing so it’s no surprise that many tourists avoid the city at this time of year. However, if you can brave the chilly temperatures you’ll find you have many sights and attractions all to yourself, allowing you to discover Washington at your own pace.
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If you’re flying from London to Washington DC, make sure you select ‘All London Airports’ when typing in your departure and arrival details. That way you’ll be shown journeys from a wider number of departure points. Similarly, don’t forget to check ‘Nearby Airports’ to see if you could fly to an alternative US airport for Washington.
There are three main airports in and around the American capital: Ronald Reagan Washington International, Washington Dulles International and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshal Airport. Most flights from London to Washington DC will land at either Washington Dulles or Baltimore/Washington Airports, although some connecting journeys may touch down at Ronald Reagan Washington International.
All three airports are connected to the city centre by shuttles and bus services while Ronald Reagan International is also on the Metro network.
A large number of airlines connect London to Washington including:
Washington DC is home to an underground Metro network that connects most areas of the city. Services are frequent and quick and if you purchase a day pass travelling around the city will be very affordable.
The DC Circulator Bus operates five routes in and around the city. A good option if you’re not close to a Metro station, or if you just want to see a little more of Washington, the bus can be a great way to travel.
One of the best ways to explore Washington is to walk. Thanks to the way the city is laid out it’s very easy to navigate and there are plenty of interesting sights and landmarks along the way to keep you entertained.
Hop on hop off tours and bike hire schemes are also available across the city centre.
The most famous sight in Washington has to be The United States Capitol. Instantly recognisable, the iconic white building houses the US Government and is a must see during your time in the city.
If you walk east from The Capitol, down the world famous National Mall, you’ll spot some of the city’s other well known sights. On your way along the Mall, you can pop into the Smithsonian Institution, visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, The Washington Monument and finally the Lincoln Memorial. A number of other monuments and museums are also dotted along the route, giving you plenty to explore on your stroll.
From the Washington Monument it’s just a short walk to The White House, arguably the most famous address in the world. Book your tour well in advance or take a look around the nearby visitor centre to learn more about this iconic structure.
Although UK passport holders don’t need a visa to travel to the US, you will need to apply for an ESTA at least three days before your travel.
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