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Washington, D.C.

Monuments, museums, impressive government buildings and home of the President of the USA – the White House. Washington, D.C is full of iconic landmarks. Clean and green, steeped in history and culture, this city is easy to get around. Take a walk up ‘The Mall’, an avenue of impressive sights from the Jefferson Memorial and reflection pool, past the Washington Monument to the Smithsonian Institute, and onwards to the famous Capitol Building with its ornate dome rising in the landscape. Visit the Pentagon and of course the White House for a hopeful glimpse of President Obama. The history book has come alive.


White-House-square WHITE HOUSE

No visit to D.C. is complete without getting a selfie outside the White House.

Museums-square MUSEUMS

Washington, DC is home to an absolute plethora of world-class museums. Some popular options include the International Spy Museum which on 12 May opened its doors at a brand-new, purpose built building at L'Enfant Plaza, the awesome Museum of Women in the Arts, and of course, the Smithsonian Institution’s collection of 17 FREE different museums and the National Zoo.

Bike-Tour-square BIKE TOUR

The National Mall area is quite large, so a bike tour is a great way to get to the main monuments and memorials. The biking is easy as it is all flat and you will get some great insights from your guide. There is also an evening tour where the crowds are less dense, the weather is cooler and the views of illuminated monuments are magnificent. 

Cherry-Blossoms-square CHERRY BLOSSOMS
They generally bloom between mid March and mid April and are absolutely beautiful. The Cherry Blossom Festival will run from 20 March-15 April 2018 and there are lots of events during this time.              
Hop-On-Hop-Off-square HOP ON HOP OFF TOURS

This is a great way to get your bearings and to learn about the city with a guided tour. You can stay on the bus or trolley for the full circuit or get on and off at the designated stops.

14th-and-U-street-square 14TH STREET & U STREET

U Street used to be famous for its incredible jazz scene, and there are still some great jazz bars. From here if you walk down 14th St towards Logan Circle you’ll be spoilt for dinner choices as this is a vibrant area with loads of eateries.
Monuments-and-Memorials-square MONUMENTS AND MEMORIALS

Many of the monuments of Washington, D.C. stand on one picturesque side of the National Mall. Some are even open late at night and their illumination makes night time a prime time to visit. Some of the top to visit are Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, National World War II Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial.  

Arlington-Cemetery-square ARLINGTON CEMETERY

This is the final resting place of more than 400,000 fallen heroes from Iraq, Afghanistan and veterans from WW1, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War and America’s Civil War. Established in 1864, the cemetery is still fully operational today, conducting an average of 27 funerals each day. 

Georgetown-square GEORGETOWN

This idyllic, tree lined suburb is one of the city’s most upmarket. There are plenty of beautiful mansions, high-end shops, riverfront restaurants and the picturesque Georgetown University.  


Here's a taste of some of our favourite hotels and resorts in Washington, D.C.
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Washington Plaza
Step out the front door and explore the cool local area of Thomas Circle, with plenty of dining options for the evenings. It’s about a 20 minute walk to the National Mall Monuments and Smithsonian Museums, there are 15 of these museums and they’re all free. Or take the Metro to the restaurants and bars at DuPont Circle.
Omni Shoreham
Since 1930, this hotel has played host to presidents, world leaders and inaugural balls, making it a true Washington landmark. Located on 11 acres, in a premier residential neighbourhood near the Smithsonian Zoo, it is about a 10 minute drive or metro ride to the National Mall Monuments and the White House.
Mayflower Hotel
Known as the Grande Dame of D.C, this historic hotel is only two blocks from the White House and an easy walk from the National Mall – or there are two Metro stations close by if you need to save your feet. Dupont Circle is just a 10 minute walk or quick Metro ride away, where you’ll find dozens of bistros, bars, boutiques and galleries
From Washington Hilton, you'll enjoy easy access to the city's most popular attractions while staying in one of DC's coolest neighbourhoods – Adams Morgan. Walk outside our doors to restaurants and entertainment or unwind by the outdoor fire pits at the hotel with plenty of options to grab a bite to eat.


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