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Things to do in Washington D.C

There are so many things to do in Washington D.C, making it the ideal destination for a leisurely city break or an exhilarating fly-drive holiday. Combine history and politics with vibrant nightlife, exceptional cuisine and stunning parks and gardens.

The city's diverse neighbourhoods mean that there is something for everyone. Venture off the National Mall and try some alternative sightseeing. Ride a horse in Rock Creek Park, play a game of chess at Dupont Circle or picnic by the Corinthian columns at the National Arboretum. In depth walking tours are a great way to see the sights and learn about times past.

Museums

Museums

Enrol in the 'School for Spies' at the Spy Museum, see the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world at the Smithsonian National Air Museum or visit the Declaration of Independence at the National Archive. The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History offers something for everyone - with fascinating dinosaur exhibits and captivating IMAX films.

Shopping

Shopping

Explore Dupont Circle, a lively area which is home to old fashioned bookstores and vintage clothing boutiques or browse the eclectic one-off shops and malls of Georgetown. Go to the Penn Quarter or 'Old Downtown' for its selection of contemporary shops and trendy restaurants or browse the charming boutiques and vintage shops of the Adams Morgan area.

Eating Out

Eating Out

Dining in Washington D.C will satisfy every budget. Enjoy Sunday Champagne brunch at the 5 star Fairmont hotel or visit fifties style Bens Chilli Bowl - which is famed for its chilli dogs. No trip to Washington D.C would be complete without a trip to the award winning Good Stuff Eatery, renowned for serving the best burgers in the capital.

Nightlife and Entertainment

Nightlife and Entertainment

The buzzing nightlife in Washington D.C combines trendy lounges with brilliant comedy venues and hip rooftop bars with pavement cafes. Head to the vibrant Adams Morgan area for eclectic bars and restaurants, go to U-Street for funky jazz clubs or visit the Verzion Center, a 20,000 seat arena that hosts concerts, shows and athletics.

History and Culture

History and Culture

Packed with history and culture, Washington D.C is home to some of the countries most significant buildings and monuments, from the Lincoln Memorial to The National Mall and Washington Monument. A trip to the US capital city wouldn't be complete without catching a glimpse of the illuminated White House at night.

Washington D.C Experiences

Get more from your holiday with our carefully selected Washington D.C sightseeing.

Washington D.C Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour

Discover Washington D.C at your leisure with a one-day ticket on the hop-on hop-off trolley tour. Create your own itinerary to see the most popular sights of Washington D.C at your own pace. Hop on and off at any of the 20 stops as often as you like along the three trolley routes. See the National Mall and Downtown on the 'orange loop', National Cathedral, Uptown and Georgetown on the 'green loop' and the White House on the 'green line'.

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Washington D.C Duck Tour

See Washington D.C from the land and water on a unique duck tour. Travelling in an original WWII amphibious vehicle, this 90-minute tour takes you to the famous monuments of Washington D.C, before splashing down into the Potomac River. From Union Station you'll waddle down to the Mall, where you'll see the awe-inspiring monuments and fabulous Smithsonian Museums. Then at the Potomac River, splash down for a different look at the nation's capital. Along the way, your captain will entertain you with anecdotes and well-researched historical facts.

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Gettysburg Day Trip from Washington D.C

Journey into the picturesque countryside of Maryland and Pennsylvania on a day trip from Washington D.C, devoted to the historic battlefield of Gettysburg. You'll gain rich insights into an important part of America's heritage and learn the story of the largest battle ever fought on US soil. As you travel to Pennsylvania, relax and listen to as your guide identifies local points of interest. See the Gettysburg Diorama, one of the largest miniature military dioramas in the country, for a narrated history of the Battle of Gettysburg.

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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Night Tour by Trolley

You haven't seen Washington D.C until you've seen it at night. On this narrated evening tour, you'll enjoy the sights and sounds of Washington D.C and see first-hand how Washington turns into a different city when the sun goes down. Admire Washington D.C's most popular monuments and points of interest, including the Capitol Building, the White House, the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument. As your tour guide provides entertaining anecdotes, historical information and ghost stories about the spirits who are said to haunt the nation's capital.

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Washington D.C Supersaver: Mount Vernon and Arlington National Cemetery Tour

Take a full-day tour from Washington D.C to Mount Vernon and Arlington National Cemetery, two of Virginia's most popular attractions. On this great value day trip, you'll tour Mount Vernon, George Washington's plantation home; visit Old Town Alexandria, where Robert E. Lee grew up; and explore Arlington National Cemetery, where you'll see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. You'll also see the unforgettable Changing of the Guard ceremony and the eternal flame that lights up the gravesite of John F. Kennedy.

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When best to visit?

Find out what the weather is like in Washington before your holiday.

Average seasonal temperatures°C/°F
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • 14°Apr
  • 19°May
  • 24°Jun
  • 27°Jul
  • 26°Aug
  • 22°Sep
  • 15°Oct
  • 10°Nov
  • Dec
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
  • 69
  • 68
  • 80
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  • 79
Average daily sunshine (hours)
  • 5
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  • 7
  • 8
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  • 9
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  • 5
  • 4

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