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Visit 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.

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Where to stay in Washington

Downtown Washington D.C. which includes a city, street scenes and night scenes

Downtown Washington D.C.

4.5/5Wonderful!(151 area reviews)

Art galleries, museums and theaters as well as vibrant entertainment, nightlife and shopping districts await in this city center neighborhood.

Downtown Washington D.C.
Georgetown featuring heritage architecture, street scenes and a house

Georgetown

4.5/5Wonderful!(14 area reviews)

A pleasant suburb on the banks of the Potomac River, home to the city’s oldest buildings, great shops and stylish bars.

Georgetown
Dupont Circle showing a monument and a statue or sculpture

Dupont Circle

4.5/5Wonderful!(90 area reviews)

Funky shops, historic houses and fascinating museums have turned this once-exclusive neighborhood into a fun-loving bohemian district. 

Dupont Circle
Capitol Hill which includes a garden, an administrative building and heritage elements

Capitol Hill

4/5Very Good!(39 area reviews)

Home to the emblematic U.S. Capitol Building, this central neighborhood is famous for its historic landmarks, markets, museums and nightlife.

Capitol Hill
Foggy Bottom featuring a memorial, a statue or sculpture and a city

Foggy Bottom

4.5/5Wonderful!(37 area reviews)

Once a crumbling DC district; now a pleasant area where government buildings meet a cool student and artistic hub.

Foggy Bottom
Washington which includes street scenes, night scenes and a city

Chinatown

Discover a city center neighborhood with a variety of Asian shops and restaurants. Visit the nearby galleries, museums and entertainment centers.

Chinatown

Top hotels in Washington

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Fairfax at Embassy Row, Washington, D.C.
The Fairfax at Embassy Row, Washington, D.C.
4 out of 5
2100 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC
SG$129
per night
Feb 7 - Feb 8

Located in Dupont Circle, this luxury hotel is steps away from Anderson House Museum and Phillips Collection. Dupont Circle and George Washington University ...

4.3/5Excellent! (4,787 reviews)

"Eclectic. Beautiful mixtures of colonial and modern."…"

Reviewed on 20 Jan,2020

The Fairfax at Embassy Row, Washington, D.C.
The Wink Hotel
The Wink Hotel
4 out of 5
1143 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC
SG$120
per night
Jan 24 - Jan 25

Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of George Washington University Hospital, George Washington University and Dupont ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,899 reviews)

"Considering they were renovating the hotel, everything went great. The rooms were clean they made an effort to not make construction noises early in the morning, and the staff was friendly. Would love to come back after the renovation is completed."…"

Reviewed on 18 Jan,2020

The Wink Hotel
Hamilton Hotel Washington DC
Hamilton Hotel Washington DC
4 out of 5
1001 14th St NW, Washington, DC
SG$120
per night
Feb 17 - Feb 18

Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lafayette Square, White House, and CityCenterDC. Ford's Theater and Walter ...

4.2/5Excellent! (3,921 reviews)

"LOCATION is great for convention center events, also to visit historic palces. I deslike that the last day (I stayed 4-5 nights) I ask for 1 hour late check out, in order to avoid to be at airport or lobby, and my request was was denied"…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan,2020

Hamilton Hotel Washington DC

Popular things to do in Washington

White House
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White House

4/5(137 reviews)

Explore the home and workplace of the president of the United States. See entertainment areas and state rooms and learn about the history of this famous building.

Washington Monument
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Washington Monument

4.5/5(152 reviews)

At the heart of the National Mall, this dedication in honour of the first American President is a famous feature on the cityscape.

Lincoln Memorial
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Lincoln Memorial

4.5/5(153 reviews)

An inspiring tribute to America’s 16th president is a hallowed spot, with a huge statue of Lincoln as its towering centrepiece.

Top activities in Washington

DC Hop On-Off Tour + Arlington Cemetery Tour + Water Taxi
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DC Hop On-Off Tour + Arlington Cemetery Tour + Water Taxi

SG$66

Named “Washington's Best Tour” by the Washingtonian Magazine, the Old Town Trolley offers the most comprehensive tour of the Nation's Capitol. Sit back while expert tour guides help you discover the beauty and majesty of Washington D.C.

Washington, D.C. Day Trip from New York
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Washington, D.C. Day Trip from New York

SG$229

Take a day trip out of the city to soak up the history and architecture of another East Coast metropolis—Washington, D.C. Check out the monuments and memorials of the National Mall, see the White House, and dive into the fascinating exhibits at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.

Guided Monuments & Memorials Tour at Dusk
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Guided Monuments & Memorials Tour at Dusk

SG$79

Your tour begins at the US Navy Memorial and loops around the National Mall, stopping at iconic landmarks and powerful tributes to key moments in American history along the way.

Best of DC – VIP Guided DC Bus Tour
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Best of DC – VIP Guided DC Bus Tour

SG$169

Explore the halls of our nation’s history and see the memorials that pay tribute to early presidents, fallen soldiers, and inspired citizens. Your all-encompassing tour of the capital puts you face-to-face with the documents and buildings that symbolize our patriotic past.

See DC Today - Small Group Moonlight Tour
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See DC Today - Small Group Moonlight Tour

SG$68

Discover our Nation’s Capital during this exceptionally comprehensive, 3 - hour, personalized, professionally guided tour. To enhance our tour you will view dramatic slides and videos of DC on our Transit's overhead display screen.

Kraken Axes: Group Axe-perience (6 - 15 Guests)
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Kraken Axes: Group Axe-perience (6 - 15 Guests)

SG$49

We are here to provide an AWESOME AXE-perience! Throw some axes in a controlled environment and most importantly have fun! When you arrive our team will get you registered and introduce your group it their official Axe Master who will usher you to your private arena.

Reviews of Washington

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 1, 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

Verified traveler

Dec 10, 2019

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

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 4, 2019

Excellent Postal Museum

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 3, 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

Sandra

Dec 1, 2019

Beautiful city. Could do with more restaurants. Not much choice.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 24, 2019

Easy to get around and plenty to see and do.

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America’s Favorite Cheap Places to Eat
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America’s Favorite Cheap Places to Eat

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Monuments, Memorials, & Museums to Visit This Veterans Day
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Monuments, Memorials, & Museums to Visit This Veterans Day

Take some time at the monuments, memorials, and museums across the United States of America to honor those who’ve served on a Veterans Day vacation.

Top Museums in Washington D.C.
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Top Museums in Washington D.C.

Discover the best science, history, and art museums in Washington D.C. to plan a fun-filled trip.

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