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What we love about Washington DC

Home to not only the President of the United States but also to the American House and Senate, the day to day decisions made in Washington DC are arguably the most wide reaching in the world. Simply put, this is a town where news and history is made every single day.

Having such a dramatic influence of the lives of ordinary Americans and world citizens alike, Washington DC is naturally full of grand history, big ideas and extremely powerful people. As such, history and tradition are spread richly across the city and attract millions of visitors each year.

Of course, there is only one address that truly matters – 1600 Pennsylvanian Avenue, or the White House as it’s more commonly known. The residence of 43 of America’s 44 Presidents, the White House is undoubtedly the flagship attraction of the city but there’s much more to DC than simply that.

The machinery of government is an important part of Washington, so no visit is complete without visiting the stunning United States Capitol on Capitol Hill. Similarly, the inspirations of the city’s decision makers are an important part of the DC experience – given the gravitas of the figures they commemorate, the memorials to Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington are certain to put a lump in the hardest of throats. The Library of Congress is also an extraordinary place of interest, albeit one that requires more than an hour or two to appreciate fully.

As a city, Washington DC is hard to separate from its governmental function, but all kinds of fascinating exhibits, museums and experiences can be found throughout. As you can expect for such an important city, DC is home to a number of exceptional collections such as the Smithsonian Institute – the largest in the world. Often termed ‘America’s Attic’ due to its simple eclecticism, the Smithsonian is a collection of 19 museums, 9 research centres and even a zoo – home to some 137m items of interest from every subject conceivable.

Outside of the Smithsonian family, visitors to the city can expect to find themselves wowed by all kinds of cultural landmarks such as the National Museum of Natural History, the National Gallery of Art, the National Museum of American History and even more niche (but strangely appropriate) destinations like the International Spy Museum. Just don’t expect to be allowed in wearing a wire!


Guide to Exploring Washington


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Liaison Capitol Hill DC

Liaison Capitol Hill DC

415 New Jersey Ave Nw, Washington
4.0
of 5, from 1,340 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

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

£120
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

201 Waterfront Street, Oxon Hill
4.2
of 5, from 265 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This Four Diamond property is located on the river just 20 minutes from Downtown DC. Situated in National Harbor's waterfront development with easy access to Downtown DC in Water Taxis and Shuttles.

£137
POD DC

POD DC

627 H Street NW, Washington
4.3
of 5, from 121 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Verizon Center and Ford's Theater. White House and United States Capitol are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£177
The Watergate Hotel

The Watergate Hotel

2650 Virginia Ave NW, Washington
4.6
of 5, from 138 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Foggy Bottom, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of George Washington University and Georgetown Waterfront Park. Lincoln Memorial and White House are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£127
The Fairfax at Embassy Row, Washington, D.C.

The Fairfax at Embassy Row, Washington, D.C.

2100 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington
4.4
of 5, from 1,260 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This Washington, DC luxury hotel is in a shopping district, 2 blocks from Dupont Circle, 4 blocks from Georgetown, and 1 mile from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

£120
Washington Plaza

Washington Plaza

10 Thomas Circle NW, Washington
4.3
of 5, from 2,493 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Ideally located on Thomas Circle, near Massachusetts Avenue in the heart of Washington DC, this Kennedy-era hotel is 0.3 miles from MCPherson Square Metro Station and 0.7 miles from the Smithsonian Museums. The White House is 6 blocks from the hotel.

£136
Kimpton Carlyle Hotel Dupont Circle

Kimpton Carlyle Hotel Dupont Circle

1731 New Hampshire Ave Nw, Washington
4.3
of 5, from 767 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Kimpton Carlyle Hotel Dupont Circle is in Washington, DC’s city center, a 9-minute stroll from historic Dupont Circle. Guests can reach the White House and President’s Park in 5 minutes by car. At night, they can walk 4 blocks to the U Street corridor for live music and a famous chili hotdog at Ben’s Chili Bowl.

£110
The Embassy Row Hotel

The Embassy Row Hotel

2015 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington
3.9
of 5, from 273 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This hotel is a short walk away from Dupont Circle Metro station and the National Mall. Dining, shopping, museums, galleries, and nightlife which exemplify the art, music, style and design unique to Dupont Circle are also within walking distance.

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