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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!

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Where to stay in Washington

Downtown Washington D.C. showing street scenes, night scenes and a city

Downtown Washington D.C.

4.5/5Wonderful!(152 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and important monuments, there's plenty to explore in Downtown Washington D.C.. Check out top attractions like International Spy Museum and Capital One Arena, and jump on the metro at McPherson Sq. Station or Center Station to see more of the city.

Downtown Washington D.C.
Dupont Circle showing a statue or sculpture and a monument

Dupont Circle

4.5/5Wonderful!(90 area reviews)

Visitors to Dupont Circle love its fantastic nightlife, and you can check out Dupont Circle and Phillips Collection. If you want to see more in the area, you can get around town on the metro at Dupont Circle Station.

Dupont Circle
Georgetown which includes street scenes, heritage architecture and a house

Georgetown

4.5/5Wonderful!(14 area reviews)

Georgetown is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Georgetown Waterfront Park or Tudor Place.

Georgetown
Capitol Hill showing a park, an administrative building and heritage elements

Capitol Hill

4/5Very Good!(40 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and important monuments, there's plenty to explore in Capitol Hill. Check out top attractions like United States Capitol and Library of Congress, and jump on the metro at Capitol South Station or Eastern Market Station to see more of the city.

Capitol Hill
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Northwest

3.5/5Good!(4 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and important monuments, there's plenty to explore in Northwest. Check out top attractions like Smithsonian's National Zoo and Washington National Cathedral, and jump on the metro at Cleveland Park Station or Van Ness-UDC Station to see more of the city.

Northwest
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Foggy Bottom

4.5/5Wonderful!(38 area reviews)

The important monuments and popular shops are a few things travellers love about Foggy Bottom. Check out Watergate Complex or World Bank while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Foggy Bottom Station to get around town.

Foggy Bottom

Top hotels in Washington

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Wink Hotel
The Wink Hotel
4 out of 5
1143 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC
£79
per night
Feb 21 - Feb 22

Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of George Washington University Hospital, George Washington University and Dupont ...

4/5Very Good! (1,977 reviews)

"The layout was great. I loved the modern feel, but I thought the room would be bigger based on the image. The shower looked great, it appeared to have what I thought was a sliding glass door. It was just a glass projection that did not come out far enough so the water just went everywhere, and the ..."…"

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2020

The Wink Hotel
Hamilton Hotel Washington DC
Hamilton Hotel Washington DC
4 out of 5
1001 14th St NW, Washington, DC
£115
per night
Feb 21 - Feb 22

Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lafayette Square, White House, and CityCenterDC. Walter E. Washington ...

4.2/5Excellent! (3,997 reviews)

"The property was great, the only thing that would have made it better would have been a microwave in the room."…"

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2020

Hamilton Hotel Washington DC
The Watergate Hotel
The Watergate Hotel
5 out of 5
2650 Virginia Ave NW, Washington, DC
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£229
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

Located in Foggy Bottom, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kennedy Center and Georgetown Waterfront Park. Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Lincoln ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,479 reviews)

"5 Star elegance and service; whiskey bar is great; beds very comfortable"…"

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2020

The Watergate Hotel

Popular things to do in Washington

White House
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White House

4/5(137 reviews)

Explore the home and workplace of the president of the United States. See entertainment areas and state rooms and learn about the history of this famous building.

National Mall
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National Mall

4.5/5(61 reviews)

Inspiring architecture, magnificent museums and the icons of American history await on Washington’s famous two-mile (three-kilometer) strip. 

Washington Monument
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Washington Monument

4.5/5(152 reviews)

Centerpiece of the National Mall, America’s tribute to the country’s founding father stirs the soul while offering superb views from the top.

George Washington University
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George Washington University

4.5/5(15 reviews)

Explore the campus of George Washington University, a top university in Washington. Discover the area's great live music and shops.

Lincoln Memorial
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Lincoln Memorial

4.5/5(154 reviews)

Epic words, exceptional architecture, and an inspirational view combine in this stirring tribute to America’s 16th president.

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

4/5(33 reviews)

Heaven for aviation enthusiasts, this museum takes you on an uplifting journey through the history of flight and space travel.

Top activities in Washington

DC Hop On-Off Tour + Arlington Cemetery Tour + Water Taxi
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DC Hop On-Off Tour + Arlington Cemetery Tour + Water Taxi

86% of travellers recommend
£38
Per adult
Washington, D.C. Day Trip from New York
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Washington, D.C. Day Trip from New York

90% of travellers recommend
£130
Per adult
DC at Dusk Night Tour
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DC at Dusk Night Tour

94% of travellers recommend
£44
Per adult

Reviews of Washington

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Top Destination

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Verified traveller

Feb 2, 2020

Great place to visit would recommend Washington dc a lot if historical monuments and buildings great time in dc

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 22, 2020

Washington and it’s history makes for a brilliant trip

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 1, 2020

A lot to see but easy to see in 2 days. Nice to walk around or Uber. Did not bother taking public transport as that was difficult to find. Had a cloudy day and a sunny day 

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Dec 10, 2019

Love Washington, this was our third trip. So much to see and do, very safe, fab metro service.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Dec 4, 2019

Excellent Postal Museum

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Dec 3, 2019

I love this city and have seen the attractions on many occasions before. Great place to visit!

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