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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!(156 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and important monuments, there's plenty to explore in Downtown Washington D.C.. Check out top attractions like Capital One Arena and National Museum of Natural History, and jump on the metro at McPherson Sq. Station or Center Station to see more of the city.

Downtown Washington D.C.
Dupont Circle showing a monument and a statue or sculpture

Dupont Circle

4.5/5Wonderful!(91 area reviews)

Visitors to Dupont Circle love its fantastic nightlife, and you can check out Dupont Circle and Phillips Collection. If you want to see more in the area, you can get around town on the metro at Dupont Circle Station.

Dupont Circle
Georgetown featuring heritage architecture, street scenes and a house

Georgetown

4.5/5Wonderful!(14 area reviews)

Georgetown is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Georgetown Waterfront Park or Tudor Place.

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

Capitol Hill

4/5Very Good!(41 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and important monuments, there's plenty to explore in Capitol Hill. Check out top attractions like United States Capitol and Washington Navy Yard, and jump on the metro at Capitol South Station or Eastern Market Station to see more of the city.

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

Foggy Bottom

4.5/5Wonderful!(39 area reviews)

The important monuments and popular shops are a few things travellers love about Foggy Bottom. Check out Watergate Complex or World Bank while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Foggy Bottom Station to get around town.

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

Chinatown

Ample dining options, fascinating museums and prominent monuments are just a few things travellers love about Chinatown. Sights like Capital One Arena and Smithsonian American Art Museum are top spots to explore, and you can get around the greater Washington area at Gallery Place Chinatown Station.

Chinatown

Top hotels in Washington

Yours Truly DC
Yours Truly DC
4.5 out of 5
The price is SG$158 per night from 29 Oct to 30 Oct

Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of George Washington University, White House and Lincoln Memorial. Walter E. Washington ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (99 reviews)

"I had a short stay here over a weekend. Yours Truly DC is a great, clean, stylish hotel in a fantastic location."…"

Reviewed on 12 Oct,2020

Yours Truly DC
Hyatt House Washington DC/The Wharf
Hyatt House Washington DC/The Wharf
3.5 out of 5
725 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC
The price is SG$174 per night from 22 Nov to 23 Nov

Located in District Wharf, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of International Spy Museum and L'Enfant Plaza. Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,630 reviews)

"Loved the Hyatt House from the staff, to the location of the hotel, to the layout of the room. It is clean, friendly, great access to restaurants and the view of the water is beautiful. Within easy walking distance of the Mall and all its beautiful monuments. Will definitely recommend this ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Oct,2020

Hyatt House Washington DC/The Wharf
AC Hotel by Marriott Washington DC Downtown
AC Hotel by Marriott Washington DC Downtown
4 out of 5
1112 19TH STREET NW, Washington, DC
The price is SG$128 per night from 20 Nov to 21 Nov

Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of World Bank and Dupont Circle. George Washington University and White House are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (136 reviews)

"Great location! You can walk 15 min to see WH, Washington Memorial and etc. Room is very clean! Nice bed and shower! Highly recommend!"…"

Reviewed on 21 Oct,2020

AC Hotel by Marriott Washington DC Downtown
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Holiday Rentals in Washington

Ampeer Luxury Residences
Ampeer Luxury Residences
4 out of 5
The price is SG$202 per night from 30 Oct to 31 Oct

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! (182 reviews)

"I really enjoyed my stay at Ampeer Luxury Residences . My room was clean and had all the amenities I needed for my four night stay . I opted for the self clean option and I received extra cleaning supplies and toiletries for the duration of my stay . The staff were courteous, friendly and always ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Aug,2020

Ampeer Luxury Residences
Georgetown Suites Courtyard
Georgetown Suites Courtyard
2.5 out of 5
The price is SG$147 per night from 25 Nov to 26 Nov

Located in Georgetown, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Georgetown Waterfront Park, Kennedy Center and George Washington University Hospital. George ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,455 reviews)

"Great shower. Firm bed. Very clean and great suite. Perfect location in Georgetown."…"

Reviewed on 18 Oct,2020

Georgetown Suites Courtyard
The Eldon Luxury Suites
The Eldon Luxury Suites
3 out of 5

Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Walter E. Washington Convention Center, CityCenterDC and Washington D.C. Madame ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,828 reviews)
Love it!

"Great place, friendly service, great price"…"

Reviewed on 24 Jul,2020

The Eldon Luxury Suites
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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Reviews of Washington

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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

Verified traveller

3 Dec 2019

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

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