Washington

Travel Guide
Washington

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.

Where to stay in Washington

Hotel Harrington
Hotel Harrington
3 out of 5
436 11th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20004
The price is AU$248 per night from 26 May to 27 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! (1,612 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 AU$249 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! (542 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 AU$309 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! (2,083 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 AU$219 per night from 29 May to 30 May
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 AU$389 per night from 30 May to 31 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 AU$333 per night from 25 May to 26 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 ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (30 reviews)
"Excellent hotel."

Reviewed on 20 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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