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Washington Plaza

Washington Plaza

10 Thomas Circle NW, Washington 20005

3.5 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (7,927 reviews)

Located in Logan Circle, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Franklin Square and White House. Ford's Theater and …

£67
Kimpton Carlyle Hotel Dupont Circle

Kimpton Carlyle Hotel Dupont Circle

1731 New Hampshire Ave Nw, Washington 20009

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (2,225 reviews)

Located in Dupont Circle, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Dupont Circle, George Washington University and White House …

£75
The Hamilton Crowne Plaza - Washington DC

The Hamilton Crowne Plaza - Washington DC

1001 14th St NW, Washington 20005

3.5 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (2,021 reviews)

This hotel is 5 blocks from the White House and 8 blocks from the National Mall. The Washington Monument, National World Wa …

£74
The Melrose Georgetown Hotel

The Melrose Georgetown Hotel

2430 Pennsylvania Ave Nw, Washington 20037

4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (2,326 reviews)

Located in Foggy Bottom, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of George Washington University Hospital and George …

£77
The Watergate Hotel

The Watergate Hotel

2650 Virginia Ave NW, Washington 20037

5.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (271 reviews)

Located in Foggy Bottom, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of George Washington University and Georgetown …

£152
The Hotel at the University of Maryland

The Hotel at the University of Maryland

7777 Baltimore Avenue, College Park 20740

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in College Park, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Xfinity Center, University of Maryland-College Park, and …

£109
Club Quarters Hotel in Washington DC

Club Quarters Hotel in Washington DC

839 17th St NW, Washington 20006

4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (3,347 reviews)

Located in Northwest, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Renwick Gallery and White House. George Washington Universit …

£74
The River Inn

The River Inn

924 25th St NW, Washington 20037

3.5 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (1,929 reviews)

The River Inn sits on a brick-paved street lined with mature myrtle trees in historic Foggy Bottom, 4 blocks from the Kennedy …

£66
Washington Court Hotel

Washington Court Hotel

525 New Jersey Ave Nw, Washington 20001

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (3,484 reviews)

Washington Court Hotel places guests a 6-minute drive from the U.S. Capitol. Guests can walk 10 minutes to the National Mall, …

£74
Churchill Hotel Near Embassy Row

Churchill Hotel Near Embassy Row

1914 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington 20009

3.5 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (3,606 reviews)

Located in Adams Morgan, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Phillips Collection and Dupont Circle. Smithsonian's …

£79

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Pocket Guide: Washington DC

Washington DC, or just DC to the locals, evokes a wealth of iconic, powerful images. As the seat of government in the United States and home to the White House, the Senate, and the Supreme Court of the United States, the city is rarely absent from newspapers and television screens.

As with New York one might experience a sense of knowing Washington before setting foot in the city, but the American capital offers much more than the headquarters of federal power. Washington is a city of contrasts where poor ghettos exist only blocks away from the Senate. The city has a long and sometimes turbulent history, which reaches far beyond the familiar images of today.

Home of American History

While Washington's governmental buildings should certainly be on any holiday itinerary they should not be the only items you visit. The National Mall, a two-mile stretch between the capital and the Lincoln Monument features more than a dozen museums and galleries including the National Gallery of Art and the National Museum of the American Indian.

The nearby National Museum of American History tells the story of a still relatively young nation, and its location could not be more appropriate; it was here that the words 'I have a Dream' were uttered by Martin Luther King, Jr. It was also here that thousands protested against the Vietnam and later the Iraq War, and Al Gore launched the Live Earth concerts to raise awareness of climate change.

From C to Z Street

As Washington DC is laid out in a grid pattern of numbered and lettered streets split up into four quadrants (NE, SE, NW, and SW), it's easy to find your way around. Most sights are within walking distance from the Obelisk, which stands tall in the centre of the city. However, if you want to see more, it's a good idea to get a metro ticket or a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing pass. If you really want to dedicate yourself to the sights, especially those that are a little off the beaten track, opt for a professionally guided two-day tour, or get a city pass, which includes sights such as the International Spy Museum.

A Multi-Cultured City

While many would argue that New York is the USA's capital of culture, Washington DC more than holds its own against the Big Apple. There are several cultural institutions of nationwide importance, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the Washington National Opera.

Given the diverse make-up of the United States it's not surprising to learn that the cultural scene in the capital is the product of many nations. Migrants have come to live here since DC was founded in 1877, bringing suitcases filled with music, arts, and traditions. As a result, there is a diverse mixture of entertainment and restaurant options, from the music clubs and bars in the Adams Morgan and Shaw districts, Dupont Circle and the Penn Quarter, to the emerging nightlife precinct of the H Street Corridor.

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