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Washington
Travel Guide

The capital of the US is laced with American history, and is home to truly inspirational monuments and great museums.

Founded in 1791, for well over two centuries the US capital city, Washington DC, has been the focal point of American politics. It is the seat of the US government and home of the President himself – indeed many visitors flock to visit the White House, where presidents have lived and worked since the days of George Washington, the man who gave the city its name. Next door you’ll find the National Mall with its landmarks like the needle-shaped Washington Monument. Further afield, you’ll find the US Capitol Building elevated above the plains, offering a magnificent view towards the Lincoln Memorial, from which Martin Luther King Jr. once declared “I Have a Dream”.

Among the other monuments you can see are tributes to World War II and Korean War veterans, as well as to former Presidents like Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Thomas Jefferson. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a particularly dramatic showpiece. The world-renowned Smithsonian Institute and its 19 exhibit halls are also located on the Mall.

It is easy to get around DC by public transport, with the DC Circulator bus stopping at various districts, including Rosslyn – close to the Arlington National Cemetery - the Pentagon and the Iwo Jima Memorial. Check out the Georgetown area too for great shops and cafes in traditional 18th century buildings, not to mention the U Street Corridor where Duke Ellington once played.

There are all kinds of festivals on show throughout the city during the year. The Independence Day celebrations held here every 4th July are the biggest in the country. In April, the Washington DC International Film Festival comes to town, while in June music lovers get together for the Jazz Festival. Culture vultures should check out the local theatre scene which includes the National Theatre just a short walk from the White House. The Sidney Harman Hall also hosts shows throughout the year by the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

Summers in DC can be rather humid, whilst snow is typical during the winter. In springtime, however, Washington DC comes alive when for a brief few days in March or April, the 1,600 cherry trees around the Tidal Basin blossom creating a remarkable show of colour.

Where to stay in Washington

The Embassy Row Hotel
The Embassy Row Hotel
4 out of 5
2015 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC
The price is Rs9,421 per night from 16 Mar to 17 Mar

Located in Dupont Circle, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Embassy of India and Dupont Circle. George Washington University and White House are also within ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,287 reviews)

"I enjoyed my stay at the Ven, I’d recommend just ask for street view because you will be looking at a wall."…"

Reviewed on 7 Mar 2021

The Embassy Row Hotel
AC Hotel by Marriott Washington DC Convention Center
AC Hotel by Marriott Washington DC Convention Center
4 out of 5
601 K Street NW, Washington, DC
The price is Rs6,952 per night from 16 Mar to 17 Mar

Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Walter E. Washington Convention Center and Capital One Arena. National Mall and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (83 reviews)

"How beautiful and elegant the hotel was and the location was great"…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2021

AC Hotel by Marriott Washington DC Convention Center
Motto by Hilton Washington DC City Center
Motto by Hilton Washington DC City Center
3.5 out of 5
627 H Street NW, Washington, DC
The price is Rs5,028 per night from 11 Mar to 12 Mar

Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Smithsonian American Art Museum and CityCenterDC. Capital One Arena and Walter E. Washington Convention ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,960 reviews)

"It is small room but very clean and comfortable. staff is so nice."…"

Reviewed on 25 Feb 2021

Motto by Hilton Washington DC City Center
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
SoBe 7th Street Apartments
SoBe 7th Street Apartments
3.5 out of 5
1205 1/2 7th St. NW, Washington, DC
The price is Rs4,893 per night from 24 Mar to 25 Mar

Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Capital One Arena and CityCenterDC. ...

3.1/5 (7 reviews)

"The neighborhood wasn't great and I wasn't provided the address until I was halfway there. There were marks on the walls from dinning chairs, stains on bed quilt and hand towels and it was just overall not what we expected. We made the best of it but the notice for pest inspection right before check ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2021

SoBe 7th Street Apartments
Ampeer Luxury Residences
Ampeer Luxury Residences
4 out of 5
15 Dupont Circle, NW, Washington, DC
The price is Rs9,640 per night from 11 Mar to 12 Mar

Located in Dupont Circle, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Embassy of India, George Washington University and White House. Dupont Circle and George ...

4.4/5Excellent! (202 reviews)

"The uniquess of the building and the room was beautiful comfortable. Conceriege was excellent. We absolutely love Andrea. Such professionalism. The bartender is a professional mixologist. He was wonderful. I cannot recall his name but his Long Island Ice Teas are worth stopping back on the way back ..."…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb 2021

Ampeer Luxury Residences
Towneplace Suites by Marriott Falls Church
Towneplace Suites by Marriott Falls Church
3 out of 5
205 Hillwood Ave, Falls Church, VA
The price is Rs6,499 per night from 15 Mar to 16 Mar

Situated in the historical district, this aparthotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Eden Center and within 6 miles (10 km) of Inova Fairfax Hospital and Tysons Corner ...

4.4/5Excellent! (597 reviews)

"Very clean and cozy, would be perfect for extended stay."…"

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2021

Towneplace Suites by Marriott Falls Church
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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2 Feb 2020

Great place to visit would recommend Washington dc a lot if historical monuments and buildings great time in dc

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22 Jan 2020

Washington and it’s history makes for a brilliant trip

5/5 - Excellent

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1 Jan 2020

A lot to see but easy to see in 2 days. Nice to walk around or Uber. Did not bother taking public transport as that was difficult to find. Had a cloudy day and a sunny day 

5/5 - Excellent

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10 Dec 2019

Love Washington, this was our third trip. So much to see and do, very safe, fab metro service.

4/5 - Good

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4 Dec 2019

Excellent Postal Museum

4/5 - Good

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3 Dec 2019

I love this city and have seen the attractions on many occasions before. Great place to visit!

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