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Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport
Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport

1999 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington 22202

3.5 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (1,103 reviews)

1 mile from Reagan Washington National Airport on the Virginia side of the Potomac River, this Marriott is directly above the …

£94
Courtyard by Marriott Alexandria Old Town/Southwest
Courtyard by Marriott Alexandria Old Town/Southwest

2700 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria 22314

3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (847 reviews)

Located in the heart of Alexandria, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of George Washington Masonic National Memorial, Lyceum …

£86
Washington Court Hotel
Washington Court Hotel

525 New Jersey Ave Nw, Washington 20001

3.5 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (3,157 reviews)

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

£104
The Henley Park Hotel
The Henley Park Hotel

926 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington 20001

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (2,741 reviews)

This romantic hotel is within walking distance from the Washington Convention Center, China Town, and the Verizon Center, as …

£113
State Plaza Hotel
State Plaza Hotel

2116 E Street NW, Washington 20037

3.5 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (4,204 reviews)

Nestled on a tree-lined street across from the State Department, the all-suites State Plaza Hotel is midway between the White …

£104
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 (1,340 reviews)

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

£66
Liaison Capitol Hill DC
Liaison Capitol Hill DC

415 New Jersey Ave Nw, Washington 20001

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (3,331 reviews)

This DC hotel, renovated in 2013, is within a half-mile (1 kilometer) of Union Station and the United States Capitol.

£104
The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center
The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center

1400 M Street, NW, Washington 20005

4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (1,460 reviews)

This Westin hotel is conveniently located 6 blocks from The White House, 6 blocks from the Convention Center, 10 blocks to …

£105
Days Inn Arlington Pentagon
Days Inn Arlington Pentagon

3030 Columbia Pike, Arlington 22204

2.0 out of 5.0
3 out of 5 (1,631 reviews)

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

£65
JW Marriott Washington DC
JW Marriott Washington DC

1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington 20004

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (1,807 reviews)

This 15-story hotel is adjacent to the National Theater, 2 blocks from the White House, 4 blocks from the National Mall, 1 …

£164

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Pocket Guide: Washington

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.