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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.

Best time to take a vacation to Washington

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.

Insider tips for Washington travel

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Washington Vacation Package Deals

Just kick back, relax and let the experts at Orbitz help you dream up a truly unforgettable Washington escape. If you're looking to combine your flight and hotel bookings to save money and hassle, you've come to the right place!

Think of all the cash you'll save by packaging your bookings. Choose your preferred airfares, hotels, experiences and rental cars and you could save up to $536*!

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You're guaranteed to find something to suit your style. Orbitz' packages offer limitless options to personalize your getaway along with an experience you'll always remember.

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Washington Travel Guide

Where is Washington?

Learning a bit about your destination before you get there is a good way to prepare for your getaway. Ready to find out just where Washington is on the world map?

It's the national capital city of United States of America and about 3 miles to the east of the significant city of Arlington.

This corner of District of Columbia is home to around 650,000 residents, some of whom will surely be willing to share some excellent travel tips.

Places to Visit in Washington

Attracting throngs of visitors from far and wide, White House and the Washington Monument ought to be right at the top of your must-sees. This place is bursting at the seams with famous sights. Next, head off to Arlington National Cemetery and the Lincoln Memorial.

Washington offers a number of fascinating attractions, such as the Georgetown University and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Rather go somewhere else? No problem — you're flush with choice here. Further worthwhile options are the Iwo Jima Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

A place where the local community comes to remember the past, Jefferson Memorial is an enriching experience. Want to keep the good times rolling? It might be a comedy, tragedy or musical, a night at Ford's Theater is the perfect way to keep yourself entertained. But that's not all! United States Capitol will appeal to anyone who would like to gain a deeper understanding of the region's political past.

Car Rentals in Washington

Incredible adventures are just around the corner with car rentals in Washington. Ready to discover the region from the convenience of your own wheels?

Head out of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport minutes after landing by renting a vehicle from a nearby outlet. You'll discover Alamo Rent A Car just a few minutes away from the arrivals gate. National Car Rental is another good choice.

Enterprise is right in the heart of the city. All you have to do is head to 1029 Vermont Avenue Nw. Avis at 50 Massachusetts Avenue Ne is another option to look into.

Where to stay in Washington – Hotel Accommodation

While there are at least 486 hotels in Washington, clever travelers book as soon as they can. Orbitz has some of the best options in United States of America's capital city.

If something a bit fancy is what you're after, slide between the silky sheets at the Four Seasons Hotel Washington D.C. (2800 Pennsylvania Ave Nw) or the Rosewood Washington, D.C. (1050 31st St Nw). If you're planning to travel on a tight budget, check out the Comfort Inn Downtown DC/Convention Center and the Windsor Park Hotel.

Thinking about visiting White House while you're here? After accommodation nearby? Then try The Jefferson, Washington, DC, 0.6 miles away, or The Hay-Adams, 0.2 miles away.

Nearest Airports to Washington

If you're planning to visit Washington, there's a good chance your trip will begin at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), which is 4 miles to the south of the downtown area. Once your plane has hit the tarmac, collect your bags and embark on your next epic adventure!

Popular Places to Visit Near Washington

If you have seen all there is to see in Washington and have a couple more days to spare, don't fret. There are great tourist attractions just a stone's throw from here. You might be unaware that you're only 30 miles from Catharpin. It's the perfect starting point to get to the Manassas National Battlefield Park. This attraction is well-loved by tourists and locals alike.

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Has your life taken an unexpected turn? Have to change or cancel your booking? No worries — we don't expect you to pay a fee.^ Bear in mind that your airline and hotel might charge you one though, so don't hang around.

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