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

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

Downtown Washington D.C.

Known for museum, culture, monument

4.5/5(137 reviews)

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

Georgetown
Georgetown featuring heritage architecture, street scenes and a house

Georgetown

Known for historicalBuilding, university, museum

4.5/5(13 reviews)

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

Dupont Circle
Dupont Circle showing a monument and a statue or sculpture

Dupont Circle

Known for museum, culture, dining

4.5/5(81 reviews)

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

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

Capitol Hill

Known for museum, monument, library

4/5(37 reviews)

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

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

Foggy Bottom

Known for museum, monument, university

4.5/5(33 reviews)

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

Chinatown
Washington which includes street scenes, night scenes and a city

Chinatown

Known for museum, culture, chinatown

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

Top hotels in Washington

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Liaison Washington Capitol Hill
Liaison Washington Capitol Hill
4 out of 5
415 New Jersey Ave Nw, Washington, DC
SG$122
per night
27 Nov-28 Nov

Located in Capitol Hill, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Union Station Shopping Center and United States Capitol. Supreme Court of the United ...

4.1/5Very Good! (4,364 reviews)

"only complaint is they charge a “resort fee” which is an extra charge that’s not cheap."…"

Reviewed on 12 Nov,2019

Liaison Washington Capitol Hill
Hamilton Hotel Washington DC
Hamilton Hotel Washington DC
4 out of 5
1001 14th St NW, Washington, DC
SG$117
per night
27 Nov-28 Nov

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! (3,764 reviews)

"staff was very friendly, location of the hotel is amazing, prices are great!"…"

Reviewed on 11 Nov,2019

Hamilton Hotel Washington DC
Grand Hyatt Washington
Grand Hyatt Washington
4 out of 5
1000 H Street NW, Washington, DC
SG$149
per night
27 Nov-28 Nov

Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of CityCenterDC and Ford's Theater. White House and Walter E. Washington Convention ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (5,844 reviews)

"Could have been cleaner. My bathroom still contained hair from the previous guest and you should replace your towels. Great location and otherwise a nice hotel."…"

Reviewed on 11 Nov,2019

Grand Hyatt Washington

Popular things to do in Washington

White House
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White House

4/5(123 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(137 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(141 reviews)

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

United States Capitol
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United States Capitol

4.5/5(122 reviews)

Sitting on top of Capitol Hill is a Washington landmark that’s been the home of American democracy for more than 200 years.

Jefferson Memorial
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Jefferson Memorial

4/5(66 reviews)

A warm tribute to one of the US’s earliest and greatest presidents, modelled on Ancient Rome’s Pantheon.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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Vietnam Veterans Memorial

4.5/5(91 reviews)

A powerful monument dedicated to one of the US’s bloodiest wars, marked with the 58,000 names of those Americans who were lost.

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$67

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$230

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$170

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.

Magic LED Exclusive Guided Night Tour with Hotel Pickup
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Magic LED Exclusive Guided Night Tour with Hotel Pickup

SG$75

Complementary free pick ups / drop offs from your downtown DC hotel, so climb aboard our comfortable bus and make this experience worthwhile in our nation’s capital. We’ll take you on a super fun journey in the heart of America! Experiencia Washington DC dressed in her best jewels.

Self-Guided Washington Scavenger Hunt
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Self-Guided Washington Scavenger Hunt

SG$15

This adventure will take you through the heart of the city and let you see how it has changed over time, while also having fun. This hunt has been evolving over time to be as entertaining as possible, while showing you as much as possible.

Reviews of Washington

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

12 Nov 2019

Beautiful clean place to visit , freaking awesome of a night time. People was so friendly museums definitely recommend seeing those awesome,

5/5 - Excellent

Catherine

9 Nov 2019

Lack of malls and big shopping streets

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Nov 2019

Very open and beautiful city. Amazing buildings

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Nov 2019

Breakfasted at a place called The Commissary just a few minutes walk. Excellent place

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

1 Nov 2019

Washington is a great city with loads to do and the museums are free which makes a refreshing change. Clean and safe

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 Oct 2019

Lovely city. Lots to see and do. Excellent restaurants for all budgets and tastes. Didn’t have time to see a lot s I didn’t want to rush sightseeing. Will comeback again.

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

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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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