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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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Where to stay in Washington

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 AU$103 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,194 reviews)

"Very clean room ! Staff was helpful , and hotel is very accessible."…"

Reviewed on 23 Jan. 2021

Motto by Hilton Washington DC City Center
Hyatt Place National Harbor
Hyatt Place National Harbor
3 out of 5
123 Waterfront Street, Oxon Hill, MD
The price is AU$164 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.

Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Potomac River Waterfront Park and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from MGM National Harbor. Nationals ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (139 reviews)

"Staff members were friendly, room was clean, very nice area, convenient. Definitely would return."…"

Reviewed on 25 Jan. 2021

Hyatt Place National Harbor
The Capital Hilton
The Capital Hilton
4 out of 5
1001 16th St NW, Washington, DC
The price is AU$176 per night from 6 Feb. to 7 Feb.

Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lafayette Square and White House. George Washington University and Dupont Circle ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,196 reviews)

"It wasnt facing anything in particular but I wasnt mad about it."…"

Reviewed on 6 Nov. 2020

The Capital Hilton
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.

Holiday Rentals in Washington

Marriott Vacation Club Pulse at The Mayflower, Washington DC
Marriott Vacation Club Pulse at The Mayflower, Washington DC
3.5 out of 5
1127 Connecticut Avenue NW, 7th Floor, Washington, DC
The price is AU$207 per night from 29 Jan. to 30 Jan.

Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this condominium resort is within a 15-minute walk of Dupont Circle, George Washington University and White House. National ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (41 reviews)
Last minute vacation in dc

"The staff was very helpful easy check in and check out. The room was exactly what was shown in the hotel pics. Very comfortable and very safe every one wore their mask and the hotel have plenty of hand sanitizer"…"

Reviewed on 31 Aug. 2020

Marriott Vacation Club Pulse at The Mayflower, Washington DC
SoBe 7th Street Apartments
SoBe 7th Street Apartments
3.5 out of 5
1205 1/2 7th St. NW, Washington, DC
The price is AU$299 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.

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. ...

3.3/5 (6 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
NW DC Downtown Stays
NW DC Downtown Stays
3.5 out of 5
1200 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC
The price is AU$305 per night from 24 Feb. to 25 Feb.

Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of CityCenterDC and Walter E. Washington Convention Center. White House ...

NW DC Downtown Stays
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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Reviews of Washington

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5/5 - Excellent

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26 Jan. 2020

National Museum of Art East and West was excellent!

5/5 - Excellent

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16 Jan. 2020

Enjoy going to wharf sw Washington

4/5 - Good

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11 Jan. 2020

Superb museums and night life.

5/5 - Excellent

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2 Jan. 2020

One of the best cities I have been to in America. It is exceptionally clean and you feel really safe walking around. Super easy to get around and so much to do and see.

5/5 - Excellent

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16 Dec. 2019

Beautiful city with impressive monuments and museums

5/5 - Excellent

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3 Dec. 2019

Wasn’t there long enough so many Smithsonian’s to visit. Did I night tour of the sights which was great.

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