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Washington DC

The capital of the US is laced with American history, and is home to truly inspirational monuments and great museums.

Founded in 1791, for well over two centuries the US capital city, Washington DC, has been the focal point of American politics. It is the seat of the US government and home of the President himself – indeed many visitors flock to visit the White House, where presidents have lived and worked since the days of George Washington, the man who gave the city its name. Next door you’ll find the National Mall with its landmarks like the needle-shaped Washington Monument. Further afield, you’ll find the US Capitol Building elevated above the plains, offering a magnificent view towards the Lincoln Memorial, from which Martin Luther King Jr. once declared “I Have a Dream”.

Among the other monuments you can see are tributes to World War II and Korean War veterans, as well as to former Presidents like Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Thomas Jefferson. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a particularly dramatic showpiece. The world-renowned Smithsonian Institute and its 19 exhibit halls are also located on the Mall.

It is easy to get around DC by public transport, with the DC Circulator bus stopping at various districts, including Rosslyn – close to the Arlington National Cemetery - the Pentagon and the Iwo Jima Memorial. Check out the Georgetown area too for great shops and cafes in traditional 18th century buildings, not to mention the U Street Corridor where Duke Ellington once played.

There are all kinds of festivals on show throughout the city during the year. The Independence Day celebrations held here every 4th July are the biggest in the country. In April, the Washington DC International Film Festival comes to town, while in June music lovers get together for the Jazz Festival. Culture vultures should check out the local theatre scene which includes the National Theatre just a short walk from the White House. The Sidney Harman Hall also hosts shows throughout the year by the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

Summers in DC can be rather humid, whilst snow is typical during the winter. In springtime, however, Washington DC comes alive when for a brief few days in March or April, the 1,600 cherry trees around the Tidal Basin blossom creating a remarkable show of colour.


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Sheraton Tysons Hotel

Sheraton Tysons Hotel

8661 Leesburg Pike, Vienna
3.8
of 5, from 210 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This distinctive octagonal high-rise is 2 miles from the 2 major Tysons Corner malls, with 300 stores, restaurants, and stylish boutiques. Washington, DC is 14 miles away.

AU$170
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 1,226 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.

AU$174
POD Hotel DC

POD Hotel DC

625 H Street NW, Washington
4.2
of 5, from 100 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

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

AU$156
Washington Plaza

Washington Plaza

10 Thomas Circle NW, Washington
4.3
of 5, from 2,473 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.

AU$187
Hyatt Regency Washington DC

Hyatt Regency Washington DC

400 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington
4.2
of 5, from 1,640 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This Washington, DC hotel is within 3 blocks of Union Station, the Capitol, and Senate offices, and 4 blocks from the Judiciary Square courthouse complex and the National Mall.

AU$246
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

201 Waterfront Street, Oxon Hill
4.2
of 5, from 257 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.

AU$218
Grand Hyatt Washington

Grand Hyatt Washington

1000 H Street NW, Washington
4.3
of 5, from 1,466 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This Washington hotel sits just 4 blocks from the Verizon center, 6 blocks from the White House and just 7 blocks from the National Mall. The Smithsonian Museum and national monuments are nearby. In-lobby access to Metro Center also available.

AU$215
The Melrose Georgetown Hotel

The Melrose Georgetown Hotel

2430 Pennsylvania Ave Nw, Washington
4.5
of 5, from 840 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Just west of downtown, this upscale hotel is 2 blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro station, Georgetown, and George Washington University and Hospital; the White House is 8 blocks away.

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