There are a lot of reasons Washington DC attracts millions of tourists every year. It is the nation’s capital, the seat of the American government, and annual host of the cherry blossom festival. On top of that, it is an affordable destination for a getaway. A great way to take advantage of that is to rent a car. Not only will the city be at your fingertips but with access to surrounding areas, you can save even more money by booking accommodation outside the city center, where prices are much lower.
The US American capital offers countless of things to do and see. The best news? A lot of those things are free. Start by walking the National Mall, which is home to a large majority of museums and monuments. Iconic stops like the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington Monument, and Lincoln Monument are a must, but do not overlook hidden gems like the FDR monument or the Korean War Memorial either.
Seventeen museums make up the Smithsonian Institute. You could spend months roaming the halls and still not see everything. Choose one or two that interest you and start with those. The Natural History Museum and The Air and Space Museum are greatly recommended. Fun fact: every one of the museums has its own dining area and many of them are in line with the museum theme. For example, at the National Museum of the American Indian, the restaurant features a menu with traditional dishes from various Native American tribes. Every museum has free daily admission.
When you are hungry, head to U St for Ben’s Chili Bowl, a Washington DC foodie hot spot. Another favorite food destination is 7th St. You will find restaurants with cuisines from all over the world catering to DC’s international population. Some say the best Ethiopian food outside of Addis Ababa is in Washington DC. Why not test it out and see for yourself?
Head to nearby Alexandria in Virginia just across the Potomac to get a feel of colonial America. The old town has been preserved and you will be able to walk the streets and admire the architecture and design of the 1700s. Nearby Mount Vernon is also worth a visit. George Washington’s Virginia home has been restored and today is a museum dedicated to the legacy of the first president.
Choosing to book a car with Orbitz during your time in Washington DC is an excellent choice. Not only is it affordable but will offer you the freedom and flexibility to see the city at your own pace and in comfort. This way, you can avoid sweating on subway trains. Choose from multiple models of vehicles to fit your car rental needs and travel style to pick up at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.