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What travelers to Washington DC are saying

What a lovely city! We had a great time but I would recommend not taking your car. We took the hotel's transportation to the Smithonians. We decided to see the memorial monuments at night when they would be lit up so beautifully. We parked the car and I just followed my husband. Coming back he took a wrong turn and we went to the wrong place. I should have back tracked but I trusted my husband knew where he was going. He didn't. So anyway, to make a long story short, the policeman was very nice and drove us all the way to our car. I don't know if we would have been able to find it before the park opened, much less before it closed in an hour and a half. He was so nice and I can't tell you how much we appreciated his help. It was a great time and I would recommend this city to anyone looking for a different kind of adventure. We weren't looking for one but we got it anyway.
Jackie May 19, 2015
Went to see the cherry blossoms in bloom. Went to some festival events including the Japanese street festival and the parade. Went walking on several loops of the tidal basin and also out to Hains point in East Potomac park. Other fun things to do in Washington include: See the monuments Going to museums on and off the mall Going to the zoo Going on private historic house tours Taking a day trip by boat to Mount Vernon Watching the Nationals baseball team if they are in town Going out to old town Alexandria Note that public transit in DC is very good and a Metro subway/bus card can get you almost anywhere in DC or the surrounding area.
Kenneth I. Apr 16, 2015
Visited the Zoo, saw Pandas, elephants, giraffe, etc. all very well organized and animals in good health . Fee admission , on site parking available $22 if you need it but metro is close by. Washington is a very vibrant place to visit, lots of exciting things to see and good places to eat all kinds of food. Will come back again to visit more museums.
John P. Aug 14, 2015

Step inside the capital attractions of Washington DC

Washington, DC, the vibrant cosmopolitan capital of the United States, is one of the most popular convention and vacation destinations in the country. A seat of global power, it boasts a diverse mix of leisure activities, monuments and museums that blend well with its eclectic mix of shopping and dining options.

Things to see and do

Visitors will never run out of things to see and do in the nation's capital. The city is home to prominent American national monuments as well as cosmopolitan entertainment locations, and vibrant neighborhoods that are sure to suit every taste and budget.

Museums and monuments

The most popular museums are those of the Smithsonian Institute. They line the National Mall, a green expanse considered to be America's front lawn. Displays and exhibits of the Air and Space Museum, the Museum of Natural History, and the National Gallery of Art include moon rocks, the Hope Diamond and artworks by American and European Masters.

Visitors can also explore interactive exhibits at unique museums like the Newseum, which chronicles the history of journalism, and the Spy Museum, where they can learn about the craft of espionage. The city is filled with monuments, memorials and statues of legendary figures. The most visited are the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the White House and the Capitol Building.

Shopping, dining and nightlife

Fashionistas will be thrilled by the panache on display in the city's homegrown and international boutiques, offering an array of hip, chic and vintage clothing. Plan to attend one of the local farmers or flea markets and haggle like a pro. The District's restaurant scene reflects the city's diverse population. Foodies can experience an outstanding mix of international and ethnic flavors while grabbing a quick bite from a neighborhood eatery, or enjoying a leisurely fine dining experience in an upscale restaurant.

Visitors can enjoy a beer in a variety of neighborhood establishments and trendy brewpubs. Famous bars and cafes can be found in many Washington DC hotels. The District is home to a wide range of live performance venues, ranging from the local neighborhood music scene to the world-renowned Kennedy Center. The city's nightspots and theaters showcase a variety of musical and theatrical genres. The District is also the host-city for professional sports teams from the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL.

Natural surroundings

In addition to the Mall, visitors can explore the beautiful flora and fauna of numerous parks throughout the city, including Constitution Gardens, Rock Creek Park, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and the National Botanical Garden. You can also enjoy the view while strolling along the banks of the Tidal Basin or Potomac River, or while boating along the historic Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.

Best time to visit

Although you can visit Washington, DC any time of the year, guests are likely to enjoy the spring and fall weather a bit more. The summer months are generally hot and humid, and winter is cold and snowy. Visitors will always find something interesting to do in the District, because the city hosts a variety of special events throughout the year. The most well-known are the dazzling displays of the National Tree Lighting Ceremony, the colorful Cherry Blossom Festival, and the music and fireworks of the Memorial Day and July 4th extravaganzas. There are also a number of neighborhood festivals, concerts and sporting events throughout the year.

Travel information

The District is served by Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA), which is situated three miles south of downtown. Visitors can also fly into nearby Dulles International Airport (IAD) or Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). Dulles is 26 miles west, while BWI is 30 miles northeast of the city.

Located downtown, Union Station is the hub for several Amtrak and commuter rail lines. The city is also located within a network of interstate highways, including Interstates 95, 295, 395 and 495. In addition to the surface street bus system, visitors can get around the city using the highly-efficient and convenient Metro subway.

Recently booked Washington DC hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
One Washington Circle Hotel
West End
2 hours ago 4 stars $107
The Dupont Circle Hotel
Dupont Circle
2 hours ago 4 stars $157
Hotel Lombardy
Foggy Bottom
3 hours ago 3 stars $124
Capitol Hill
3 hours ago 3 stars $113
Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
Downtown - White House
3 hours ago 4 stars $147
St. Gregory Hotel
Dupont Circle
3 hours ago 4 stars $117
Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University
Capitol Hill
3 hours ago 3 stars $109
Capital Hilton
Downtown - White House
4 hours ago 4 stars $136
Embassy Suites Washington D.C. - Convention Center
Downtown - White House
5 hours ago 3 stars $193
The Donovan, a Kimpton Hotel
Downtown - White House
6 hours ago 4 stars $192

Recently Rated Washington DC Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Beacon Hotel and Corporate Quarters
Dupont Circle
3.8 / 5
434 reviews
4 stars $118
Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University
Capitol Hill
3.9 / 5
68 reviews
3 stars $109
Washington Hilton
Dupont Circle
3.7 / 5
201 reviews
4 stars $136
Grand Hyatt Washington
Downtown - White House
4.2 / 5
482 reviews
4 stars $147
Washington Court Hotel
Capitol Hill
4.1 / 5
461 reviews
4 stars $92
The Carlyle Dupont Circle a Kimpton Hotel
Dupont Circle
4.1 / 5
218 reviews
4 stars $147
Monaco Washington DC, a Kimpton Hotel
Downtown - White House
4.3 / 5
65 reviews
4 stars $181
The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center
Downtown - White House
3.9 / 5
139 reviews
4 stars $166
Washington Marriott Wardman Park
4.1 / 5
153 reviews
4 stars $139
The Dupont Circle Hotel
Dupont Circle
4.2 / 5
330 reviews
4 stars $157

Activities in Washington DC

Washington DC Duck Tour

See Washington DC on the land and water with this most unusual tour. Traveling in original WW II DUKW amphibious vehicles, this 90 minute tour will take you through the city of Washington before splashing down into the Potomac River for the most unique ride of your vacation!

Spirit of Washington Lunch Cruise

Let the Spirit of Washington Move You. Dine, dance, and delight aboard the Spirit of Washington DC! Begin by going through our Lunch Buffet for a wide variety of delicious foods that is sure to please all taste buds. 

Odyssey Washington Lunch Cruise

Washington DC Odyssey offers creative plated dining prepared fresh on board daily, soft entertainment, and unparalleled views of Washington on every cruise.

Monuments by Moonlight

Washington D.C.'s spectacular monuments at night are not to be missed on this 2 1/2 hour fully narrated tour. With stops at the Iwo Jima Memorial, FDR Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veteran and Korean War Memorials you will definitely want to bring your camera. D.C. is most beautiful after the sun sets!

DC Memorials Tour

Gray Line DC's new half-day, DC Memorials Tour is a comprehensive guided experience of Washington DC designed to provide guests with an alternative option to our early departures. Also, the 4-hour tour is set up to cater to those who may be time constrained and wish to absorb as much of DC's history as possible.

Featured Washington DC Hotels

From $118

1 Beacon Hotel and Corporate Quarters

4 stars
3.8 / 5 434 reviews

1615 Rhode Island Ave. NW

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The Beacon Hotel and Corporate Quarters is an urban hotel located near Dupont Circle and the Metro. The on-site rooftop Beacon Sky Bar offers panoramic view of the city and attracts both locals and...

Flexible, helpful staff
Hotel was great. We arrive 4 hours before checkin and they accommodated us with a room that was actually better than the one we reserved. Only ding is for the wi-fi, it cost and many/most hotels...
Aug 24, 2015
From $147

2 Grand Hyatt Washington

4 stars
4.2 / 5 482 reviews


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Located in DC's hip Penn quarter, the Grand Hyatt Washington is an elegant option for both business and leisure travelers. Five excellent restaurants and bars offer guests a host of dining options....

Excellent time in DC
Staff was friendly, responsive and very attentive! Beautiful hotel and room was very comfortable and the location is very good. I would stay there again for my next DC trip.
Aug 20, 2015
From $117

3 St. Gregory Hotel

4 stars
4.1 / 5 413 reviews

2033 M Street NW

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This trendy, elegant boutique hotel is three blocks from Georgetown and within walking distance to Dupont Circle, three Metro stations, the White House and the Kennedy Center. The location and...

Great weekend getaway for Valentine's
I booked this exactly one month before Valentine's/President's weekend, and paid only $100 per night, a steal given the location and amenities of the hotel (I went to college in DC, and this is in...
Aug 22, 2015
From $157

4 The Dupont Circle Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 330 reviews

1500 New Hampshire Avenue, NW

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Downtown style permeates The Dupont Circle Hotel, where a multi-million dollar renovation transformed the hotel from top to bottom. Fresh, vibrant and cosmopolitan, The Dupont Circle Hotel caters...

The advertising states the superior room has a separate living space that room is so small it's like a small motel room. We upgraded to the deluxe and it was just enough room. The heated floors...
Aug 18, 2015
From $92

5 Washington Court Hotel

4 stars
4.1 / 5 461 reviews

525 New Jersey Avenue NW

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The glass entrance opens into a grand lobby filled with rich red and maroon hues, dark wood and natural light. The hotel is two blocks from Union Station's shopping, dining and transportation,...

Nice hotel
It is a very nice hotel. Only complaint, and it is a small one, is that there is fluctuation in the water temperature in both the shower and bathroom sink.
Aug 25, 2015
From $109

6 Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University

3 stars
3.9 / 5 68 reviews

800 Florida Avenue N.E.

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Located on the beautiful and historic 99-are campus of Gallaudet University, historic landmarks built in the 1800s. Centrally located to downtown DC and Capitol Hill. Minutes from Library of...

eerie place
eerie place, no staff seen too quiet felt weird and no other guests seen then charged for parking when they have onsite parking that you have to walk and walk to get to out back, day of check out...
Aug 25, 2015
From $124

7 Hyatt Regency Washington

4 stars
4.0 / 5 317 reviews

400 New Jersey Ave Northwest

Daily Breakfast for 2, 2pm late check-out

The Hyatt Regency Washington's atrium impresses with its high, cascading ceilings and dark wood. The lobby gives an almost futuristic atmosphere to the hotel. Guests can use express check-in...

Great Getaway
I stayed at the Hyatt for 2 nights, while I toured D.C. This hotel has a fantastic location. It is only steps from the Capitol and Smithsonian Museums. The room was clean and maintained with...
Aug 22, 2015
From $107

8 One Washington Circle Hotel

4 stars
4.1 / 5 236 reviews

One Washington Circle NW

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Cool colors and modern furniture give an air of sophistication to this hotel. This all-suite hotel is between Georgetown and the White House. The location near major D.C. attractions and businesses...

great location.
We were staying in Washington for a couple of days and this hotel was ideal for seeing the sights.
Aug 17, 2015
From $122


4 stars
4.1 / 5 337 reviews

1001 14TH ST NW

The Hamilton Crowne Plaza is in a restored 1920s-era building located in Lafayette Park. The hotel is near most D.C. tourist and business attractions. Guests don't need to leave the hotel to enjoy...

Good July 4th Weekend
The hotel was good but bit pricey for the small room. Parking was also bit expensive.
Jul 7, 2015
From $112

10 Washington Plaza Hotel

4 stars
3.9 / 5 454 reviews

10 Thomas Circle

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The Washington Plaza Hotel offers a convenient location between the White House and bustling Dupont Circle for both leisure and business travelers.  The hotel has a large, landscaped outdoor...

Fab base for exploration
Extremely friendly hotel staff willing to help and give advice re restaurants, shopping, tourist attractions etc. Room large with spare fridge and nice bathroom. Excellent balcony overlooking the...
Aug 22, 2015
From $202

11 Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square

4 stars
4.4 / 5 114 reviews

806 15th Street NW

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The Sofitel Washington D.C. Lafayette Square is located in an updated historic landmark built in 1880. Its elegant furnishings, art pieces and interior appointments cement its classy reputation....

Really helpful staff!
Our family spend a few days in DC sightseeing. We walked to every attraction - about 10-15 minutes each way. The hotel staff was really helpful and the concierge gave us water each time we came in...
Aug 21, 2015
From $228

12 Fairmont Washington DC Georgetown

4 stars
4.3 / 5 58 reviews

2401 M St Northwest

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The Fairmont Washington is a AAA Four Diamond luxury hotel in D.C.'s West End neighborhood. The hotel borders Georgetown and has hosted famous actors and politicians. The hotel immerses guests in...

Great stay!
Really nice hotel, great decor and clean! Everything in our room was perfect. Had a great view and slept amazing.
Aug 8, 2015
From $193

13 JW Marriott Washington, DC

4 stars
4.2 / 5 98 reviews

1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Rate includes breakfast

The JW Marriott Hotel Washington, DC offers all things to all customers. The towering building features a huge 772 luxuriously designed rooms, making it a great destination for guests looking for a...

Father Daughter Trip
Very much a good choice if you want to see the sites.
Aug 4, 2015
From $154

14 Palomar Washington DC, a Kimpton Hotel

4 stars
4.4 / 5 250 reviews

2121 P Street NW

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Palomar Washington DC, a Kimpton Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel in Dupont Circle that caters to guests from the moment they arrive in the modern lobby decorated with striking art. The d�cor is...

Great Trip
Our overall experience was great. We enjoyed this trip to the max.
Aug 8, 2015
From $153

15 Loews Madison Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 83 reviews

1177 Fifteenth St NW

Rate includes $25 USD food & beverage credit

Experience Washington, D.C. in the epicenter of the action at Loews Madison Hotel. This elegant hotel went through an extensive $20 million dollar renovation in 2012 of its public spaces,...

A typical hotel
The location is great, there are great restaurants to walking distance. The decoration of the hotel is nice with neutral colors however, the rooms are pretty small, as well as the bathrooms are...
Apr 6, 2015
From $147

16 Washington Marriott at Metro Center

4 stars
4.2 / 5 179 reviews

775 12th Street NW

Rate includes breakfast

Washington Marriott at Metro Center features convenient access to the best of Washington, DC area attractions, shopping and dining. Our premier location near the DC metro system provides guests...

Great wknd getaway
Very nice clean hotel in a great location. It was only about a 10 minute walk to the White House. Next time, I will stay at their sister property the Marriott Courtyard located next to the...
Aug 4, 2015
From $101

17 Capitol Skyline Hotel

3 stars
3.4 / 5 402 reviews

10 I Street SW

Rate Includes Daily Breakfast for 2

The independently owned and operated Capitol Skyline Hotel offers everything a guest could need for a relaxing stay. Located close to the attractions that Washington DC has to offer, Capitol...

It was ok
The beds were uncomfortable and had a dip in the middle of both beds. It was not quiet even at night with numerous sirens, revving engines, & blaring horns around the clock. It was reasonably...
Aug 24, 2015
From $124

18 State Plaza Hotel

4 stars
4.0 / 5 769 reviews

2117 E Street N.W.

The State Plaza Hotel is situated on a leafy street just a short stroll from the Foggy Bottom Metro Station. The hotel's location near the international and federal business districts makes it...

Great stay in DC
We arrived shortly before check in time but our room was ready and we received an upgrade to a larger room with a King bed. While the hotel is an older one it is extremely clean and well...
Aug 26, 2015
From $147

19 Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 189 reviews

999 Ninth Street NW

Rate includes breakfast

Seamlessly blending style, functionality, and comfort, the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel welcomes you to the heart of the city with impeccable amenities and refined luxury. You're just...

Trip to DC
Perfect location for touring DC. Beautiful hotel with easy access.. nice bar, nice lounge area, breakfast buffet was so good it made me think that I was in a European hotel!
Aug 25, 2015
From $113


3 stars
3.9 / 5 281 reviews

550 "C" Street S.W.

The Holiday Inn Washington-Capitol is in a prime location for visitors who want to be close to the Capitol Hill, National Mall and museums. Two Metro stations are nearby. Many rooms have microwaves...

Great family trip!
The hotel staff and accommodations were great! The location was excellent and very close to the monuments and museums. We walked to everything very easily and took a morning run along the mall!...
Aug 20, 2015