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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
St. Gregory Luxury Hotel and Suites
Dupont Circle
3 minutes ago 4 stars $116
Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square
Downtown - White House
32 minutes ago 4 stars $178
The Embassy Row Hotel
Dupont Circle
1 hour ago 3 stars $87
Rouge, a Kimpton Hotel
Downtown - White House
1 hour ago 3 stars $119
Monaco Washington DC, a Kimpton Hotel
Downtown - White House
1 hour ago 4 stars $189
The Mayflower Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel
Downtown - White House
1 hour ago 4 stars $169
BEST WESTERN Georgetown Hotel & Suites
West End
1 hour ago 3 stars $87
Washington Plaza Hotel
Downtown - White House
1 hour ago 3 stars $99
Loews Madison Hotel
Downtown - White House
2 hours ago 4 stars $149
JW Marriott Washington, DC
Downtown - White House
2 hours ago 4 stars $228

Recently Rated Washington DC Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Grand Hyatt Washington
Downtown - White House
4.2 / 5
486 reviews
4 stars $149
State Plaza Hotel
Foggy Bottom
4.0 / 5
851 reviews
3 stars $99
Residence Inn by Marriott Washington, DC /Capitol
Capitol Hill
4.2 / 5
47 reviews
3 stars $149
Beacon Hotel and Corporate Quarters
Dupont Circle
3.7 / 5
431 reviews
4 stars $113
Club Quarters in Washington DC
Downtown - White House
4.0 / 5
194 reviews
3 stars $99
Avenue Suites
West End
4.3 / 5
15 reviews
3 stars $159
Monaco Washington DC, a Kimpton Hotel
Downtown - White House
4.2 / 5
56 reviews
4 stars $189
Helix, a Kimpton Hotel
Downtown - White House
3.9 / 5
129 reviews
3 stars $119
Carlyle Suites Hotel
Dupont Circle
4.1 / 5
210 reviews
3 stars Choose dates
St. Gregory Luxury Hotel and Suites
Dupont Circle
4.1 / 5
422 reviews
4 stars $116

Featured Washington DC Hotels

From $113

1 Beacon Hotel and Corporate Quarters

4 stars
3.7 / 5 431 reviews

1615 Rhode Island Ave. NW Map

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Spacious suites and a rooftop bar with city views near Dupont Circle The Beacon Hotel and Corporate Quarters is an urban hotel located near Dupont Circle and the Metro. The on-site rooftop Beacon... More

Close to the embassies
The Beacon Hotel is only a short walk from the Embassies- very convenient! The hotel was clean and comfortable, and the staff was very accommodating!! We arrived during Octavia, the winter storm,...
Feb 23, 2015
From $116

2 St. Gregory Luxury Hotel and Suites

4 stars
4.1 / 5 422 reviews

2033 M Street NW Map

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Luxury boutique hotel with many suites near Georgetown, Dupont Circle This trendy, elegant boutique hotel is three blocks from Georgetown and within walking distance to Dupont Circle, three Metro... More

Not bad for the money
The hotel was mostly clean, but for some reason the entire set of dishes in our suite were sitting unwashed and dirty in the dishwasher. The parking garage was completely full and no alternative...
Feb 19, 2015
From $91

3 Washington Court Hotel

4 stars
4.1 / 5 471 reviews

525 New Jersey Avenue NW Map

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A chic, conveniently located D.C. hotel with views of the U.S. Capitol.The glass entrance opens into a grand lobby filled with rich red and maroon hues, dark wood and natural light. The hotel is... More

Good time
Great time at the hotel. Staff was great I'm the middle of everything. Location is perfect and very clean
Jan 26, 2015
From $143

4 The Dupont Circle Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 314 reviews

1500 New Hampshire Avenue, NW Map

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Dupont Circle hotel offers chic spaces and approachable bistro fareDowntown style permeates The Dupont Circle Hotel, where a multi-million dollar renovation transformed the hotel from top to... More

Great location
Amazing hotel. Nice staff. Centrally located. I would definitely stay here again. Really comfortable and clean rooms.
Feb 16, 2015
From $99


3 stars
3.9 / 5 290 reviews

550 "C" Street S.W. Map

Downtown hotel near the National Mall, museums and monumentsThe Holiday Inn Washington-Capitol is in a prime location for visitors who want to be close to the Capitol Hill, National Mall and... More

Great location, nice room
Excellent location, close to mall, museums, Capital, metro, a few restaurants. Friendly helpful staff. Loud trains, some noisy guests when we stayed. Very close to metro so easy to get around town,...
Feb 19, 2015
From $99

6 Washington Plaza Hotel

3 stars
3.9 / 5 460 reviews

10 Thomas Circle Map

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A modern hotel with a landscaped outdoor pool, meeting space The Washington Plaza Hotel offers a convenient location between the White House and bustling Dupont Circle for both leisure and... More

Great Value
In a town with as many expensive hotel rooms as DC is known for -- this was a very budget friendly hotel with great access to what the district has to offer.
Feb 16, 2015
From $129

7 Hyatt Regency Washington

4 stars
4.0 / 5 316 reviews

400 New Jersey Ave Northwest Map

Daily Breakfast for 2, 2pm late check-out

Capitol Hill hotel with futuristic lobby atrium, amenities for businessThe Hyatt Regency Washington's atrium impresses with its high, cascading ceilings and dark wood. The lobby gives an almost... More

Great Valentine Trip
the location is great, we can get every hot visit spots in 20 minutes. the hotel is clean,comfortable and also made us lighthearted to stay and hang out. Nice Valentine's Day trip, thanks.
Feb 17, 2015
From $149

8 Grand Hyatt Washington

4 stars
4.2 / 5 486 reviews

1000 H STREET NW Map

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Upscale hotel for business or pleasure in the heart of DCLocated in DC's hip Penn quarter, the Grand Hyatt Washington is an elegant option for both business and leisure travelers. Five excellent... More

Family trip
Very convenient location, great size of room for a family
Feb 25, 2015
From $139

9 Palomar Washington DC, a Kimpton Hotel

4 stars
4.4 / 5 254 reviews

2121 P Street NW Map

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Dupont Circle boutique hotel with urban amenities and artistic touchesPalomar Washington DC, a Kimpton Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel in Dupont Circle that caters to guests from the moment they... More

Nice romantic getaway
The motion spa room was very nice, with a big Jacuzzi tub for two. My husband and I enjoyed a staycation anniversary celebration there. The wine happy hour is very nice, they also served small...
Feb 19, 2015
From $178

10 Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square

4 stars
4.5 / 5 108 reviews

806 15th Street NW Map

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Elegant hotel with classy restaurant steps away from the White House The Sofitel Washington D.C. Lafayette Square is located in an updated historic landmark built in 1880. Its elegant furnishings,... More

Location style and value
Sofitel is a top end marque in the Accor group All classes of hotel in the group offer good value and Sofitel is no exception Great reception, VERY comfortable bed with a featherbed on top of the...
Dec 30, 2014
From $119

11 One Washington Circle Hotel

4 stars
4.1 / 5 230 reviews

One Washington Circle NW Map

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All-suite luxury hotel between Georgetown and the White House Cool colors and modern furniture give an air of sophistication to this hotel. This all-suite hotel is between Georgetown and the White... More

not a non smoking facility!
we booked two rooms, it took a good 20 minutes to get rooms that were close - they didn't have adjoining rooms. we check in- the rooms are suites with a kitchen which was a nice surprise, could use...
Feb 17, 2015
From $86

12 Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University

3 stars
4.0 / 5 40 reviews

800 Florida Avenue N.E. Map

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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... More

great experience
This hotel is in a great location that has shuttle service to/from DC metro. It's on a beautiful campus, and the staff was super friendly/accomodating.
Feb 18, 2015
From $160

13 Fairmont Washington DC Georgetown

4 stars
4.3 / 5 54 reviews

2401 M St Northwest Map

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A West End oasis with large health club, courtyard garden, restaurant The Fairmont Washington is a AAA Four Diamond luxury hotel in D.C.'s West End neighborhood. The hotel borders Georgetown and... More

Weekend Getaway
Overall a good experience. I would recommend to friend.
Feb 17, 2015
From $228

14 JW Marriott Washington, DC

4 stars
4.2 / 5 100 reviews

1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Map

Rate includes breakfast

Luxury giant with full servicesThe 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... More

Weekend Getaway
My husband and I had an opportunity to go away for the weekend and see the sites in DC and the JW Marriott was the perfect location for our hotel. We walked everywhere and loved it. Great...
Jan 27, 2015
From $169

15 Embassy Suites Washington D.C. - Convention Center

3 stars
4.4 / 5 172 reviews

900 10th Street NW Map

Free cooked-to-order breakfast, Evening Reception

Spacious suites in D.C.’s center with on-site upscale restaurant The all-suite Embassy Suites Washington D.C. gives guests room to spread out. Suites come with a private bedroom and living room.... More

Awesome stay
This hotel was amazing. ALL the employees were all so helpful and always had a smile on their face. The complimentary breakfast was delicious. The nightly managers refreshment/snack reception was...
Feb 18, 2015
From $140

16 Donovan House, a Kimpton Hotel

4 stars
4.1 / 5 70 reviews

1155 14th St NW Map

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Hip boutique hotel with rooftop pool and bar in downtown D.C.The Donovan House a Kimpton Hotel is a hip, modern hotel with edgy decor that appeals to leisure and business travelers.  The... More

Feb 9, 2015
From $186

17 Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 183 reviews

999 Ninth Street NW Map

Rate includes breakfast

Penn Quarter hotel near Convention Center, downtown D.C. attractions The central location of this hotel will please business and leisure travelers. The Washington Convention Center is across the... More

Stolen identity
Someone called my room and asked for my credit card number after confirming my room service order. Just beware .
Feb 10, 2015
From $139

18 Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC Downtown

3 stars
4.1 / 5 162 reviews

815 14th Street N.W. Map

Complimentary wired and Wi-Fi Internet Access

Hotel near the White House with whirlpool, complimentary Wi-FiThe Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC Downtown is located a few blocks from the White House, just across the street from the McPherson... More

Perfect for business and pleasure
The hotel was the perfect location for our visit that included business and pleasure. It is located across the street from a metro station which allowed us to quickly and easily travel to the...
Feb 4, 2015
From $153


4 stars
4.1 / 5 362 reviews

1001 14TH ST NW Map

Elegant hotel with classy restaurant steps away from the White House The Hamilton Crowne Plaza is in a restored 1920s-era building located in Lafayette Park. The hotel is near most D.C. tourist... More

Excellent hotel for business travelers
Good location near the national mall and many food trucks and restaurants nearby. Good hotel bar
Feb 13, 2015
From $139

20 The Melrose Hotel

4 stars
4.0 / 5 77 reviews

2430 Pennslyvania Ave, NW Map

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Hotel with traditional elegance between the White House and GeorgetownSituated just a mile from that other prominent Pennsylvania Avenue address -- The White House -- the Melrose Hotel offers... More

Very nice boutique style hotel in a convenient DC location.
Unique property with small hotel feel and big hotel service. It's a good location adjacent to shopping and restaurants not far from Georgetown and walking distance to Metro and other attractions....
Feb 11, 2015