Washington, DC is a city rich in history and proud in its heritage. With its memorials, monuments and historical sites making it a must-see place for every visitor, it is also great value for money with many of its iconic sights and museums free of charge! Offering activities and attractions for everyone, very few cities in the world provide the same access to world-class museums, one-of-a-kind events and incredible displays as Washington, DC.
Washington, DC is a city made up of clean, green open spaces and a multitude of neighbourhoods, where restaurants and pubs buzz and the city is on view from a vast array of roof terraces. There’s so much to love about each one of DC’s neighbourhoods, from history on Capitol Hill and high-end boutiques in Georgetown to performing arts in the Penn Quarter and 24-hour dining in Adams Morgan. Get familiar with the lay of the land and find your place in DC.
Located between Virginia and Maryland, Washington, DC is full of surprises, you just won’t want to leave!
No trip to Washington, DC is complete without touring our celebrated monuments and memorials. At the heart is the National Mall, a two-mile green expanse from the U.S. Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial. Along the way, visitors will see the Washington Monument, the Vietnam Veterans, the Korean War, the World War II and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial’s to name a few. Washington, DC is in a class of its own when it comes to high quality museums. Collectively called the Smithsonian Institution, this world-renowned museum and research complex in the District consists of 19 museums, galleries and a National zoo. And you won’t have to pay a penny to experience it as admission is free at every location.
Explore the nation’s capital with ease experience all the top attractions by metro, bus, foot or why not hire bikes. Washington, DC is made up of many neighbourhoods, each with its own flavour and flair.
The diverse neighbourhood of Adams Morgan is mostly known for its nightlife thanks to all the bars and restaurants dotting the 18th Street corridor. Capitol Hill is one of the city’s most popular places to live, head to the neighbourhood both for its government buildings, like the U.S. Capitol and the Supreme Court and the surrounding historic, walkable, restaurant-filled blocks. Explore Dupont Circle and you’ll discover that the cosmopolitan neighbourhood offers a little something for everyone. An array of unique shops and exciting restaurants along Connecticut Avenue, one of the busy streets in the neighbourhood, is exciting enough to keep you going all day. The beauty of Georgetown’s cobblestone sidewalks, grand homes and peaceful C&O canal. It’s also home to some of the city’s top shops, tastiest restaurants and most luxurious hotels, Georgetown’s river waterfront is home to tons of great restaurants and plenty of outdoor activities. North of Dupont Circle features a few iconic sights, including a Marilyn Monroe mural and two spectacular bridges, the Taft and the Duke Ellington. Its biggest attraction, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, which backs up Rock Creek Park, is home to the city’s famed giant pandas.
Beyond national treasures and historic buildings, Washington, DC’s neighbourhoods buzz with lively cafes and restaurants, rich culture and music of all kinds. It’s the real DC at its finest.
Dig in to one of the hottest restaurant scenes in the nation. When you visit the nation's capital, you’ll experience a food scene as colourful and eclectic as America itself. That means you can expect each meal at every restaurant to be different. From crave-worthy dishes served by celebrity chefs to world-famous chili bowls served from a diner, DC’s local flavour only has one thing in common: it’s all delicious. The city received its first Michelin Guide in October 2016 signifying to the world what the locals already know; it’s a true culinary destination.
With an unparalleled music and nightlife scene, U Street draws locals and visitors looking to stay up late and have a good time. From underground dance clubs to industrial-chic spaces where you can sip artfully crafted cocktails and everything in between, this popular area in the District has every option to suit your vibe.
With some of the world’s best museums, art galleries, restaurants and nightlife, there’s plenty to do in the US capital whatever the weather, and whatever the season. Springtime is a great for your Washington, DC holiday, when the weather is perfect for sightseeing, the cherry blossoms are in bloom and the city’s parks take on a photogenic pink hue. Washington summers can be hot, but they are also a great time to visit because the city is less crowded. There’s also a pick of excellent outdoor concerts, parade and festivals throughout the summer months . There’s nothing like a trip to Washington, DC in winter. The nation’s capital is filled with free winter activities and gorgeous holiday displays, serving as a great destination for Christmas shopping and celebrations.
Time difference: 5 hours behind GMT.
Currency: American Dollar.
Flight time from London: Approximately 8 hours.
Arrival Airport: Washington Dulles International Airport.
Entry details for British passport holders: The US Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) allows visits to the US for up to 90 days. All travellers must provide details online at least 72 hours prior to travel. This is known as an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA). While under the VWP, you may visit Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean and reenter the U.S. Your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay. Before you depart, check the latest travel advice at www.fco.gov.uk.
If you have prebooked a private or shared transfer or hired a car, all details will be in your travel documentation. Your documents will also contain the local representatives contact numbers and UK support information.
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