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It is an area of District of Columbia that some 650,000 people live in.
This place is the very definition of world-class! It would be crazy to visit without seeing White House and the Washington Monument. It is also famous for Arlington National Cemetery and the Lincoln Memorial.
Let the kids blow off some steam at Francis Pool and the Washington D.C. Madame Tussauds. Panther Family Fun Center and Water Mine Family Swimmin' Hole are also worth a visit if the little ones still have energy to burn.
If you enjoy animals and wildlife, put the Smithsonian's National Zoo on your to-do list. Be sure to ask the staff about hands-on activities and where to find the zoo's rarer inhabitants.
From striking shrubs and vines to magical, meandering garden pathways, the treasures of the United States Botanic Garden are waiting to be explored. Many travelers also like to wander around the Botanic Gardens and the Smithsonian Butterfly Habitat Garden.
Bring along some lunch and take some time out in the peaceful, green surroundings of Ellipse and Tidal Basin. You'll also find plenty of space to lay about on the grass at Meridian Hill Park and Lafayette Park.
Discover some more about Washington by collecting some flyers and chatting to the staff at NASA Visitor Center and White Visitor Center.
If you can get to a high lookout, the view over Great Falls and Juney Whank Falls is quite an impressive sight.
Are you an avid bird-watcher? Pack your binoculars and see which feathery friends are hanging out at Turquoise Lake and Kobuk Wild River. Couldn't see a thing? Head on over to Kugururok River and Namakan Island and have another try.
Leave your phone in the car and take a break from the modern world at Battery Kemble Park and Soapstone Valley Park. National Mall and Bles Park are also appreciated by lovers of the natural world.
The area's exhibition spaces are a gold mine of tales of human endeavor and achievement. The Newseum and the National Gallery of Art offer a range of displays and collections that are sure to capture your attention. The International Spy Museum and the Phillips Collection are also well worth a visit.
The world of science is constantly evolving. Explore recent advances in scientific technology and discovery at the National Museum of Health and Medicine and the Marian Koshland Science Museum. For a complete scientific experience, you can also stop at United States Naval Observatory and US Naval Observatory.
Lovingly plucked from the natural world, these captivating specimens at the National Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Institution are full of wonder and intrigue.
Want to check out some art? You'll discover galleries of all sorts here. Start your tour of this creative destination by stopping in at the National Portrait Gallery and the Hirshhorn Museum. The Hillwood Museum and the National Museum of Women in the Arts are also worth a look if you can fit them in before dinner.
History comes alive at the National Museum of American History and the National Museum of the American Indian thanks to their excellent range of fascinating displays. Do you like the sound of those? You'll be able to learn even more at the Historical Society of Washington D.C. and the Anacostia Museum.
To learn more about the people and places of this region's past, be sure to visit its many remaining historical sites. Begin your local history tour at the Jefferson Memorial and United States Capitol. You might also like to get out the camera and snap some photos at the Georgetown University and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Observe the waters flowing under Dumbarton Bridge, a captivating example of civil engineering.
The spiritual side of the area is evidenced at Washington National Cathedral and Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Franciscan Monastery and the Scottish Rite Temple are two more interesting sacred sites.
Washington's most acclaimed sights often overshadow its less visited, yet equally rewarding attractions. The Library of Congress and Department of State might catch your interest. If you have the time, also think about visiting Bureau of Engraving and Printing and the Folger Shakespeare Library.
There are as many as 487 hotels and apartments in the country's capital. Head to Expedia's Washington hotel page to get the best offers.
Featuring in Washington's more top-end range of hotels you'll find the Four Seasons Hotel Washington D.C., 2800 Pennsylvania Ave Nw, and the Rosewood Washington, D.C., 1050 31st St Nw. If those don't fit with your budget and style, the Comfort Inn Downtown DC/Convention Center and the Windsor Park Hotel are two cheaper spots that may be what you're looking for.
United States Capitol is a must-see for visitors to Washington, and staying within easy walking distance can be a great way to really make the most of it. The Residence Inn Washington, DC /Capitol is situated just 0.5 miles away. Another popular choice is the Kimpton George Hotel.
Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Franklin Square and White House. Ford's Theater and Washington Monument are also within 1 mile (2 km).
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).
Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ford's Theater and Verizon Center. Smithsonian Institution and White House are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Dupont Circle, this boutique hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Phillips Collection and White House. Ford's Theater and Lincoln Memorial are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Newseum and Verizon Center. United States Capitol and Ford's Theater are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Foggy Bottom, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of George Washington University Hospital and George Washington University. Georgetown Waterfront Park and White House are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Dupont Circle, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Phillips Collection and White House. Ford's Theater and Smithsonian's National Zoo are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in Rosslyn, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Museum of Contemporary Art, Iwo Jima Memorial and Georgetown University. Arlington National Cemetery and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier are also within 2 miles (3 km).