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Washington
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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!

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Top hotels in Washington

Motto by Hilton Washington DC City Center
Motto by Hilton Washington DC City Center
3.5 out of 5
627 H Street NW, Washington, DC
The price is £57 per night from 1 Mar to 2 Mar

Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Smithsonian American Art Museum and CityCenterDC. Capital One Arena and Walter E. Washington Convention ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,034 reviews)

"It is small room but very clean and comfortable. staff is so nice."…"

Reviewed on 25 Feb 2021

Motto by Hilton Washington DC City Center
The Embassy Row Hotel
The Embassy Row Hotel
4 out of 5
2015 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC
The price is £106 per night from 15 Mar to 16 Mar

Located in Dupont Circle, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Embassy of India and Dupont Circle. George Washington University and White House are also within ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,293 reviews)

"The hotel itself was nicely decorated with a window view of DuPont circle. Staff and front desk service was super, they even helped us out with a few things we needed for our stay!"…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb 2021

The Embassy Row Hotel
The Westin Washington National Harbor
The Westin Washington National Harbor
4 out of 5
171 Waterfront St, Oxon Hill, MD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £115 per night from 3 Mar to 4 Mar

Located in the heart of Oxon Hill, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Potomac River Waterfront Park and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from MGM National Harbor. Nationals Park ...

4.2/5Very Good! (985 reviews)

"Quick and easy check in, staff were super friendly!"…"

Reviewed on 13 Feb 2021

The Westin Washington National Harbor
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Top Holiday Rentals in Washington

SoBe 7th Street Apartments
SoBe 7th Street Apartments
3.5 out of 5
1205 1/2 7th St. NW, Washington, DC
The price is £179 per night from 24 Mar to 25 Mar

Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Capital One Arena and CityCenterDC. ...

3.1/5 (7 reviews)
Location matters

"Great location, great help from our local Hero, We would use this property again"…"

Reviewed on 4 Mar 2020

SoBe 7th Street Apartments
Ampeer Luxury Residences
Ampeer Luxury Residences
4 out of 5
15 Dupont Circle, NW, Washington, DC
The price is £132 per night from 1 Mar to 2 Mar

Located in Dupont Circle, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Embassy of India, George Washington University and White House. Dupont Circle and George ...

4.4/5Excellent! (200 reviews)

"The uniquess of the building and the room was beautiful comfortable. Conceriege was excellent. We absolutely love Andrea. Such professionalism. The bartender is a professional mixologist. He was wonderful. I cannot recall his name but his Long Island Ice Teas are worth stopping back on the way back ..."…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb 2021

Ampeer Luxury Residences
Global Luxury Suites at The White House
Global Luxury Suites at The White House
3.5 out of 5
733 15th Street NW, Washington, DC
The price is £184 per night from 1 Mar to 2 Mar

Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Lafayette Square and White House. National Theatre and Warner Theatre ...

4.1/5Very Good! (130 reviews)

"This was like renting an apartment but not like a VBRO or ABnB. This was truly an apartment but no one lived there it was just a rental. Kitchen was great and we cooked and ate in. Bathrooms were good. Beds were so so. Nice to have two separate bedrooms and two baths. Place felt sterile, You are ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2021

Global Luxury Suites at The White House
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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