Washington DC Travel Guide

The political and patriotic heart of the US, Washington DC is packed full of monuments and museums, with enough grandeur and history to impress any traveller. As befits the political powerhouse of the nation, and perhaps even of the world, Washington DC draws thousands of tourists every day who come to see the iconic sights, visit the superb, usually free museums and generally have a wonderful time. While weighty political matters are being debated behind some of the beautiful facades, visitors can enjoy the green parks, top-notch restaurants, energetic nightlife, quality shopping, and buzzing bars.

Anyone who is inclined to see where world-changing decisions are made should travel to Washington DC, where a wealth of historic sightseeing attractions awaits.

Best time to visit Washington DC

The best time to travel to Washington DC is during the seasons of spring and autumn (April, May, September and October), although the hot, humid summers (June to August) remain high season for tourists. Winter (between December and February) can get uncomfortably cold with temperatures usually hovering just above the freezing mark.

What to see in Washington DC

-Stand in Ford's Theatre, envisioning the assassination of the beloved President Abraham Lincoln.

-Watch a performance at Kennedy Center, the busiest performing arts centre in the US.

-Admire the impressive collection in the National Gallery of Art.

-Trawl the many fascinating museums of the Smithsonian Institution.

What to do in Washington DC

-Play at espionage at the International Spy Museum.

-Visit the Giant Pandas and many other exotic animals in the National Zoo.

-Take a tour of the White House and imagine life as a US president.

-Climb to the top of Washington Monument and enjoy the view.

Beyond Washington DC

Washington DC is bordered by Virginia and Maryland, with many exciting attractions nearby. Popular excursions from the city include Mount Vernon, the former plantation home of George Washington; the Arlington National Cemetery, just outside the city; and Old Town Alexandria, in Virginia.

Getting there

International flights land at Washington DC's two major airports, Baltimore-Washington International and Washington-Dulles International.

Did you know?

-There is approximately one lawyer for every 19 residents in the city.

-A rock from the moon is on display at the National Air and Space Museum.

-More wine is consumed per person in Washington DC than any other state in the US.