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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
per night
Days Inn Arlington Pentagon
Days Inn Arlington Pentagon

3030 Columbia Pike, Arlington 22204

2.0 out of 5.0
3 out of 5 (1,687 reviews)

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

£62
per night
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 (2,294 reviews)

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

£78
per night
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
per night
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 (2,856 reviews)

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

£109
per night
Liaison Capitol Hill DC
Liaison Capitol Hill DC

415 New Jersey Ave Nw, Washington 20001

4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (3,573 reviews)

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

£134
per night
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 (1,675 reviews)

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

£139
per night
Hampton Inn & Suites Mt. Vernon/Belvoir-Alexandria South
Hampton Inn & Suites Mt. Vernon/Belvoir-Alexandria South

8843 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria 22309

2.5 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (1,081 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Pope-Leighey House and within 3 mi (5 km) of Fort Belvoir …

£81
per night
Sheraton Reston Hotel
Sheraton Reston Hotel

11810 Sunrise Valley Dr, Reston 20191

3.5 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (785 reviews)

Set in northern Virginia's busy technology corridor amid corporate offices, this Sheraton is adjacent to the Reston National …

£87
per night
The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner
The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner

1700 Tysons Blvd, McLean 22102

4.5 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (354 reviews)

Adjoining upscale Tysons Galleria in McLean, Virginia, this 24-story hotel is 5 miles from Wolf Trap Park, 12 miles from …

£172
per night
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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.