Washington

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Washington

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

Hotel Harrington
Hotel Harrington
3 out of 5
436 11th Street NW, Washington, DC
The price is Rs9,219 per night from 26 Oct to 26 Oct
Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ford's Theater and Capital One Arena. Smithsonian Institution and White House are ...
3.5/5Good! (1,622 reviews)
"Ok"

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2021

Hotel Harrington
Holiday Inn Washington Capitol - Natl Mall, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Washington Capitol - Natl Mall, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
550 C St SW, Washington, DC
The price is Rs11,717 per night from 28 Sep to 28 Sep
Located in Capitol Hill, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and National Mall. Capital One Arena and Washington ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,940 reviews)
"We stayed here while visiting DC. It’s about two blocks from the National Mall which was perfect! Check-in was smooth and there is parking available (for an additional $50/night). The room was a nice size but the bed wasn’t the most comfortable and the shower was so loud it ended up giving me a headache. ..."

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2021

Holiday Inn Washington Capitol - Natl Mall, an IHG Hotel
Yours Truly DC
Yours Truly DC
4.5 out of 5
1143 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC
The price is Rs15,402 per night from 24 Oct to 24 Oct
Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of George Washington University, National Mall and White House. Lincoln Memorial ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (311 reviews)
"Y"

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2021

Yours Truly DC
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.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Washington, D.C. Downtown
Homewood Suites by Hilton Washington, D.C. Downtown
3 out of 5
1475 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC
The price is Rs11,212 per night from 22 Oct to 22 Oct
Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lafayette Square, White House and Walter E. Washington Convention Center. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,004 reviews)
"hard to find on GPS because it shows a back of the property not the entrance"

Reviewed on 8 Sep 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Washington, D.C. Downtown
Homewood Suites by Hilton Washington DC Capitol-Navy Yard
Homewood Suites by Hilton Washington DC Capitol-Navy Yard
3 out of 5
50 M St Se, Washington, DC
The price is Rs16,908 per night from 29 Sep to 29 Sep
Located in Capitol Hill, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Nationals Park and Audi Field. United States Capitol and International Spy Museum are ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (816 reviews)
"Large rooms; great for a family stay; breakfast staff was wonderful. Super-convenient to the Metro. Great view of the Nationals stadium from the rooftop. Communication between the front desk & housekeeping was very poor. Also, the bed spreads are very awkward."

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Washington DC Capitol-Navy Yard
Homewood Suites Washington DC Convention Center
Homewood Suites Washington DC Convention Center
3.5 out of 5
465 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC
The price is Rs11,956 per night from 1 Oct to 1 Oct
Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Walter E. Washington Convention Center and Capital One Arena. CityCenterDC ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,009 reviews)
"Great stuff the hotel beautiful"

Reviewed on 8 Sep 2021

Homewood Suites Washington DC Convention 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.

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