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Washington DC

Your Washington, DC vacation

Constantly reinventing itself through centuries of presidents, senators and political hopefuls, Washington, DC prizes her refineries, not her extremes. Capture a slice of America from the White House and US Capitol to the Washington Monument and the Library of Congress. See the star-spangled streets during Fourth of July, and stroll through the Smithsonian's metropolis of museums. Walk along the National Mall where Martin Luther King Jr shared his dream, and kayak through Georgetown. Bring the kids to the Bald Eagle Refuge where they'll learn about the country's symbol.

Whatever you elect on your Washington, DC vacation, let Orbitz cast a ballot on your itinerary. Our DC insiders dish the best time to go and top 10 attractions, plus reveal a declassified dossier of to-dos.

  • In a vibrant city like Washington, D.C., vacations are ideal any time of year. The city is abuzz during Cherry Blossom Festival (spring), 4th of July, and when Congress is in session (mid-September through Thanksgiving, and mid-January to June).For fewer crowds and lower hotel rates, travel between late August and early September, or after Thanksgiving into mid-January.

    Weather-wise, winters can be erratic (flurries, ice storms), while falls are warm, crisp and colorful. Summers are hot and humid, but hotel rates are low from early July (after the 4th) through August. Spring showers are common, but come May D.C. comes alive with sunshine and greenery.

  • Capitol City Brewing Co.

    Drink seasonal beers and snack of pretzels with Capitol Hill staffers. The crowd is lively and the American dishes are delish.

  • Segway, bike or kayak the sites

    Put a little muscle into your sightseeing. Pedal past the monuments, rent tandem bikes, or a take a Segway tour. Kayak through Georgetown under bridges and around Roosevelt Island – better yet, book an evening paddle on the 4th of July.

  • Secondi

    The unassuming front door is easily missed, but this high-end consignment shop shouldn’t be. Climb the stairs to get to two rooms full of Manolo Blahnik, Prada, Chanel and more.

  • Dupont Circle Freshfarm Market

    Shop for farm-fresh goodies on Sundays, rain or shine. Farmers and producers sell everything from the usual suspects (fruit, veggies, breads, flowers) to fish, fruit pies, soaps and herbal products.

  • National Museum of Crime and Punishment

    Learn about the history of crime and what happens to the bad guys at this police station exhibit. Get fingerprinted, stand in a police lineup and try to pass the lie detector test. Participate in the simulated shooting range and high-speed police-chase.

Washington DC Vacation Packages

Hotel only $152

1 The Dupont Circle Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 330 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 bottom. Fresh, vibrant and cosmopolitan, The Dupont Circle Hotel caters to guests... More

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2 JW Marriott Washington, DC

4 stars
4.2 / 5 102 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 destination for guests looking for a hotel with a thriving, big city atmosphere.... More

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3 Embassy Suites Washington D.C. - Convention Center

3 stars
4.4 / 5 185 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. The hotel is about two blocks from the Walter E. Washington Convention... More

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4 One Washington Circle Hotel

4 stars
4.1 / 5 240 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 House. The location near major D.C. attractions and businesses is... More

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5 Colony South Hotel and Conference Center

3 stars
3.8 / 5 285 reviews

7401 Surratts Road Map

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Colony South Hotel & Conference Center is located near Joint Base Andrews and is just minutes from all Washington, DC has to offer. The Colony South offers 195 deluxe rooms, an indoor pool, spa and fitness facility. Shuttle to Metro is available. The hotel also... More

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6 Washington Court Hotel

4 stars
4.1 / 5 514 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 two blocks from Union Station's shopping, dining and transportation, three... More

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7 Georgetown Suites Harbour Building

3 stars
3.8 / 5 28 reviews

1000 29th St NW Map

Georgetown Suites is an all suite hotel located in the heart of Historic Georgetown. The hotel is surrounded by the unique shops, boutiques and restaurants of Georgetown, Washingtons premiere neighborhood. Georgetown Suites consists of two buildings that are located just... More

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8 Grand Hyatt Washington

4 stars
4.2 / 5 518 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 restaurants and bars offer guests a host of dining options. A full-service... More

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9 Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square

4 stars
4.5 / 5 119 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, art pieces and interior appointments cement its classy reputation. The... More

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10 The Embassy Row Hotel

4 stars
4.0 / 5 2 reviews

2015 Massachusetts Avenue NW Map

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Hotel with rooftop pool on Embassy Row near Dupont CircleDiscerning corporate and leisure travelers seeking to explore D.C.'s diverse culture can book a stay at The Embassy Row Hotel. This boutique hotel is the only lifestyle hotel in D.C. featuring stylish and newly... More

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  • Natural History Museum

    Learn about bugs, bones, blue whales, jewels and more. Ogle the bling in the Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals, home of the 45.5-carat Hope diamond. The freeze-action dioramas in the renovated Behring Family Hall of Mammals depict how animals adapt and evolve. African Voices uses personal accounts, proverbs, folk tales and hundreds of objects to convey African culture. Top off your visit at the O. Orkin Insect Zoo where your kids can feed the tarantula her meal of crickets.

  • National Archives

    View the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Search for documents recounting the Titanic and Challenger disasters, even the Watergate burglary. Read angry letters from college students protesting the Vietnam War, view declassified war plans, and create your own Oval Office seal.

  • Arlington National Cemetery

    This massive shrine honors US heroes and veterans, buried on green hills overlooking the capital. Witness a 24-hour honor guard watch over the Tomb of the Unknowns. Walk uphill to the Arlington House, built by George Washington's grandson, near the gravesites of John F. Kennedy and Pierre Charles L'Enfant.

  • National Air and Space Museum

    Experience the evolution of flight, chronicled through exhibits and interactive displays. See the original 1903 Wright Flyer, and let space suits, lunar vehicles and the 1,650-pound back-up mirror to the Hubble Space telescope explain the challenges and triumphs of technology. Don't miss the moon rock or the IMAX films, including "To Fly" where you'll feel like you're cruising over the planet.

  • The Capitol

    Learn about the leaders that shaped the Congress, the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress. View hundreds of artworks and sculptures inside the Rotunda and National Statuary Hall. Visit the Crypt, or the Senate and House Galleries when either body is in session.

  • The White House

    Queue up for a public tour to see the where the president entertains (Gold-and-White East Room), Jefferson's dining room (the Green Room), the setting of the White House Christmas tree (the Blue Room), the State Dining Room and more. Contact your Congressperson one to six months in advance for a special group tour.

  • American History Museum

    A menagerie of cultural icons, you'll see the flag memorialized in "The Star-Spangled Banner," a Model-T Ford, Dorothy's ruby red slippers from the Wizard of Oz, Dizzy Gillespie's trumpet and a baseball autographed by Babe Ruth. Allow time for the Hands-On Science Center, where families perform their own experiments.
     

  • The International Spy Museum

    Real life whodunits are the subject of this espionage museum. Learn about fictional cloak-and-dagger characters and unlikely American spy heroes like cooks who parlayed fame into fact-finding for the government. Test your mettle by discovering audio bugs as discreet as a strand of hair. Check the schedule for KidSpy Overnights, suited for kids 9 to 15 accompanied by an adult.

  • American Indian Museum

    Discover Native American culture from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego. Nations tell their stories through dazzling gold shields, feathered regalia and pottery. Cultural interpreters present discovery carts with arrowheads, moccasins and more. Free tickets are available for timed entry -- a great way to avoid the long lines.

  • Supreme Court

    Take photos of the Court's East or West Pediment, or check out the media frenzy on the plaza's southwest corner. Want to go inside? You can attend high court debates from April to October, or bench sittings from mid-May to June.

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