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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. Washingto …

£74
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Omni Shoreham Hotel

2500 Calvert St Nw, Washington 20008

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (3,926 reviews)

Overlooking Rock Creek Park, Omni Shoreham Hotel is a 10-minute walk from the National Zoo and 4 minutes from Woodley Park-Zo …

£120
Sheraton Tysons Hotel
Sheraton Tysons Hotel

8661 Leesburg Pike, Vienna 22182

3.5 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (812 reviews)

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

£77
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 (1,649 reviews)

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

£80
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 (2,306 reviews)

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

£77
Embassy Suites by Hilton Washington D.C. – Convention Center
Embassy Suites by Hilton Washington D.C. – Convention Center

900 10th St NW, Washington 20001

3.5 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (2,734 reviews)

Built to impress, this all-suites hotel's lobby is decked out in mahogany and marble, soaring 6 stories high; a 2-story clock …

£132
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 …

£65
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 (2,858 reviews)

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

£106
Phoenix Park Hotel
Phoenix Park Hotel

520 N Capitol St NW, Washington 20001

3.5 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (1,895 reviews)

In the pulse of everything political and historical in DC, this hotel is 1 block from the Metro, shops, and restaurants of …

£102
Holiday Inn Express Fairfax - Arlington Boulevard
Holiday Inn Express Fairfax - Arlington Boulevard

10327 Fairfax Boulevard, Fairfax 22030

2.5 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (411 reviews)

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Blenheim, Fairfax Museum, and George Mason Universit …

£76
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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.