The US capital is one of the most historic cities in the country. Washington DC boasts great museums, vibrant neighborhoods and a rich contemporary culture. With so much to offer, it could be the perfect destination for your next city break.
The best times to book flights to Washington DC are September to November and March to May. By travelling in the spring or fall months you’ll be able to avoid the summer crowds and the winter chill but still experience everything the city has to offer. As these months fall outside the peak season, finding affordable hotels and cheap flights to Washington DC should be easy.
Summers in Washington can be hot and humid. Sights and attractions are often busy so you’ll need to allow plenty of time to get around town. June, July and August are peak tourist season in Washington, so you may need to hunt a little harder to find cheap flights to DC for your holiday.
Although the winter can be freezing cold in Washington, the lack of tourists means that finding great deals on travel and accommodation should be easy. If you’re on a budget, visiting in the winter months could be the best way to get more for your money.
As the national capital, it’s no surprise a lot of airlines offer direct flights to Washington from around the US. Use Orbitz to search for flights to have the best chance of finding a great deal.
If your travel plans aren’t yet finalized, finding cheap tickets to Washington DC should be even easier. Tick the ‘My Date Are Flexible Box’ when performing your search to compare prices for departures on different days. You may just find that moving your trip back or forward by a day or two could save you money.
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Washington DC is within easy reach of three main airports: Washington Dulles, Ronald Reagan Washington International and Baltimore/Washington. All three airports offer regular services to destinations across the US giving you an excellent selection of departure times and routes to choose from. When you land at any one of Washington’s three air hubs, you’ll be able to continue your journey using the city’s public transport network. Taxis and hire cars are also available at all three terminals.
A number of airlines offer cheap flights from DC to airports around the country.
The city’s Metro system connects most areas of Washington DC. The underground train network is fast and easy to navigate and services run regularly throughout the day.
The DC Circulator Bus connects areas that the metro doesn’t reach. Running on five routes around the city, it offers a quick and convenient way to explore Washington.
As Washington DC is laid out in a grid pattern, navigating the city is very easy. If you’re feeling energetic, strap on your walking boots and explore the capital by foot. Walking is a fantastic way to see the city’s parks, monuments and historic buildings and there are plenty of public transport options available if your feet begin to ache.
Many of the most important sights in Washington can be found in and around the National Mall. At one end of this iconic space you’ll find the imposing US Capitol. From there you can stroll down the mall, stopping at the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Smithsonian Institute and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on the way.
No trip to Washington DC would be complete without a visit to the country’s most famous home, the White House. Just a short walk from the National Mall, the world-famous residence offers tours to the public (arranged in advance) and there’s also a visitor center nearby where you can learn more about the White House and its history.
Buy a travel pass for the Washington DC public transport network to make exploring the city even easier.
Washington’s summers are blisteringly hot and humid, so plan on visiting in spring and fall when temperatures remain mild and the school-vacation crowds are at their ebb. Each spring, the National Cherry Blossom Festival typically signals the start of “tourist season,” though that can also be when the weather is most fickle—sunny and mid-60s one day, rain and wind the next (read: Pack layers). Lots of people come to town for the festival, and there’s no guarantee the blossoms will actually be out, but catch it right and you’ll be rewarded with one of the most beautiful spectacles in city travel.
Heat and humidity aside, summer can work if you’re strategic about where you visit. Hit the star attractions first thing in the morning to avoid waiting in line in the sun, and save those off-the-beaten-path spots (hopefully ones with air conditioning) for later in the day. Visit the monuments at dusk for stellar sunset photo ops. Surprisingly, summer hotel rates can be competitive because many of the politicians, businessfolk, and convention-goers aren’t in town.
Fall is ideal, though it doesn’t start for real until October most years and can be fleeting, with chilly northerly winds heralding several months of biting sub-zero days, particularly in January and February. Winter brings subfreezing temperatures and occasional ice, though snow is more rare here than in Northeastern cities.
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