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As the seat of power for the world’s most powerful democracy, Washington D.C. is a city imprinted in the global consciousness. It’s known for its iconic symbols of government, the grandeur of its monuments and parks, and the world-class stature of its museums and galleries. But D.C. is also a city proud to run to its own beat, home to an eclectic and vibrant nightlife scene, first-class international cuisine, and charming neighborhoods draped in history.

Hotels in District of Columbia

Unsurprisingly for a city of such national and international importance, you’ll find a huge choice of accommodation in D.C. Grand 5-star hotels abound in the nation’s capital, boasting fine dining, superb service, and opulent décor. There are stylish boutique hotels lining the city’s historic neighborhoods, and impressive conference hotels perfect for those coming to D.C. on business. There are also plenty of modern, family-friendly hotels in D.C. for those wanting to enjoy its unparalleled collection of museums and national icons. And for travelers on a budget, there’s an abundance of chain hotels and affordable discount motels in D.C.’s outer suburbs too.

Things to see in District of Columbia

The National Mall lies at the center of Washington’s gravitational pull, its 2-mile strip of parkland lining up an unequalled vista of monuments and public buildings—the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Reflecting Pool memorials, and the U.S. Capitol. Flanking this impressive axis of civic power and reflection are some of the nation’s top museums. Foremost among these are the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, with its fantastic dinosaur exhibits, and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, which takes you on a flight of fancy from the Wright brothers to the Apollo moon launches. And don’t forget the White House, another of D.C.’s must-sees. This “symbol of the Free World” lies just a short distance from the National Mall. Lastly, for an evening of high culture, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a world-class institution that’s bound to impress.

Where to stay in District of Columbia

Downtown Washington, being so close to all of the main attractions, is the best-located district to book a hotel in D.C., especially for those with families. This area also makes for a wonderfully romantic stayover, with its iconic backdrop and proximity to the theater district. If you’re looking for a little deluxe shopping, then the Upper Northwest District, with its upscale stores, designer boutiques, and fine dining, is a good pick. The young (and young at heart) will find much entertainment night and day in the North Central districts—here, some of D.C.’s most interesting restaurants, night clubs, and music venues can be found.

How to get to District of Columbia

The closest and most convenient airport for domestic flights to D.C. is Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Washington Dulles International Airport is another option, particularly for those flying with east coast carriers. If you’re planning to travel to D.C. by train, then the Amtrak Northeast Corridor line from Boston stops at Union Station in Capitol Hill. The Capitol Limited service from Chicago and the Cardinal service from Cincinnati also run into Washington D.C. By car, I-95 connects to the northeast from Baltimore, while I-66 runs in from the west, and I-95 from the south.

District of Columbia travel guides

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