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Holiday Inn National Airport/Crystal City
Holiday Inn National Airport/Crystal City

2650 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington 22202

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (1,207 reviews)

Located in Crystal City, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Birchmere and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Signature Theatre. Washington …

£74
Embassy Suites Hotel Tysons Corner
Embassy Suites Hotel Tysons Corner

8517 Leesburg Pike, Vienna 22182

3.5 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (2,456 reviews)

Embassy Suites Hotel Tyson's Corner is located 12 miles from Washington, DC, 13 miles from Dulles International Airport, and …

£87
Sheraton Tysons Hotel
Sheraton Tysons Hotel

8661 Leesburg Pike, Vienna 22182

3.5 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (806 reviews)

This distinctive octagonal high-rise is 2 miles from the 2 major Tysons Corner malls, with 300 stores, restaurants, and …

£80
Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks
Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks

11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy, Fairfax 22033

3.5 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (1,397 reviews)

The newly-renovated Fairfax Marriott is located in the Technology Corridor in Northern Virginia, just 20 miles from …

£86
The Westin Arlington Gateway
The Westin Arlington Gateway

801 N Glebe Rd, Arlington 22203

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (1,646 reviews)

2.5 blocks away from Ballston Metro Station and 5 short metro stops outside of Washington DC, this Westin is perfectly …

£80
Days Inn Arlington Pentagon
Days Inn Arlington Pentagon

3030 Columbia Pike, Arlington 22204

2.0 out of 5.0
3 out of 5 (1,683 reviews)

The Days Inn Pentagon is 2 miles from Arlington National Cemetery and 4 miles from Washington D.C.

£62
Best Western Pentagon Hotel - Reagan Airport
Best Western Pentagon Hotel - Reagan Airport

2480 S Glebe Rd, Arlington 22206

2.5 out of 5.0
3.3 out of 5 (2,299 reviews)

This Arlington hotel is 1 mile from the Pentagon and within 4 miles of Reagan Airport and Washington attractions.

£78
Crowne Plaza Tysons Corner - McLean
Crowne Plaza Tysons Corner - McLean

1960 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean 22102

3.5 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (836 reviews)

Situated in McLean, this hotel is across from Tysons Corner Center and within half a mile (0.5 km) from Tysons Galleria. Wolf …

£83
Hampton Inn Fairfax City
Hampton Inn Fairfax City

10860 Fairfax Boulevard, Fairfax 22030

2.5 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (366 reviews)

Situated in Fairfax, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Fairfax Museum, National Firearms Museum, and George Mason …

£82
Hampton Inn Washington-Downtown-Convention Center
Hampton Inn Washington-Downtown-Convention Center

901 6th St Nw, Washington 20001

3.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (2,247 reviews)

This Washington DC Hampton Inn is 2 blocks from the Washington DC Convention Center and Verizon Center; a Metro station is 3 …

£165
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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.