Washington

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Washington

Visit the nation’s capital to admire presidential monuments, tour fascinating museums, watch professional sports and see modern history being created.

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!

Where to stay in Washington

Hotel Harrington
Hotel Harrington
3 out of 5
436 11th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20004
The price is £139 per night from 25 May to 26 May
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Washington. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value in their reviews. ...
3.6/5 Good! (1,607 reviews)
"Location and cost"

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

Hotel Harrington
Yours Truly DC
Yours Truly DC
4.5 out of 5
1143 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20037
The price is £164 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Washington. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (541 reviews)
"“Truly” one of my FAVORITE hotels and yes ; pun intended . It’s aesthetically one of the most pleasing not only upon entering but the boutique boho vibe is maintained into the rooms unlike so many other hotels that only swag out the lobby for marketing photos and end up disappointing upon arrival. ..."

Reviewed on 17 May 2022

Yours Truly DC
Holiday Inn Washington Capitol - Natl Mall, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Washington Capitol - Natl Mall, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
550 C St SW, Washington, DC, 20024
The price is £174 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Washington. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,080 reviews)
"It’s in a great location. Front desk was extremely helpful."

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

Holiday Inn Washington Capitol - Natl Mall, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Sonesta Simply Suites Falls Church
Sonesta Simply Suites Falls Church
3 out of 5
205 Hillwood Ave, Falls Church, VA, 22046
The price is £146 per night from 1 Jun to 2 Jun
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Falls Church. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (739 reviews)
"Was a little sketchy at first. But was I entered the lobby I was pleasantly surprised. The gentleman at the front was very professional. The property was pretty clean and the rooms are very clean and modern."

Reviewed on 13 May 2022

Sonesta Simply Suites Falls Church
WhyHotel by Placemakr, National Mall
WhyHotel by Placemakr, National Mall
3.5 out of 5
600 4th St SW, Washington, DC, 20024
The price is £170 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Washington. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour fitness centre and on-site parking. Popular attractions Smithsonian National Air and ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (76 reviews)
"Good location"

Reviewed on 12 May 2022

WhyHotel by Placemakr, National Mall
WhyHotel by Placemakr, Union Market
WhyHotel by Placemakr, Union Market
3 out of 5
331 N St NE, Washington, DC, 20002
The price is £188 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Washington. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and on-site parking. Popular attractions Union Station Shopping Center and Capital ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (28 reviews)
"The room was amazing and so was the staff. Would stay here every time i visit."

Reviewed on 10 May 2022

WhyHotel by Placemakr, Union Market
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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