Where to stay & things to do in
Washington DC Holidays 2023 & 2024
Staying in Washington, DC, is the ultimate way to take in all the sights and sounds of America‘s capital. Whether you want to learn more about American history, spend some time at museums or monuments, tour national memorial parks like the Vietnam Veterans Memorial or Arlington National Cemetery, or just soak up the culture. You’ll find plenty of exciting things to see and do while visiting Washington, DC.
Home to the world-famous White House, a must-see when visiting the capital, Washington is jam-packed with iconic buildings and historical monuments just waiting to be explored!
Whether you're escaping the chaos of the city or searching for a quiet retreat to recharge, Washington, DC, offers plenty of ways to get away from it all. Spend some time exploring the many beautiful parks and green spaces in Washington, DC, visit one of the many art museums and galleries, or head downtown for shopping and dining galore.
Take a day trip to the big apple! Hop on board at Washington Union Station and be in New York City in less than 3 hours!
Whether you're travelling on business or pleasure, Washington, DC, has something for everyone.
Whether it's New Year, Easter, the 4th of July, Thanksgiving or Christmas, there's always something happening in Washington, DC.
Celebrate America's diverse culture with the Cinco de Mayo festival. A day of events including live Latin music and performances, arts and crafts and cultural presentations.
Enjoy the Smithsonian Folklife Festival this summer, spread over 4 days with highlights including concerts and dance parties and a marketplace to enjoy the delicious regional food stalls and craft sales. There's something for all the family to enjoy.
There are a number of ways to get around DC and explore all of the iconic sights. If you want to do things on your terms, your best option is to rent a car. However, with Washington being America's capital, It has some of the best and most convenient public transport. The Washington Metro, formally known as the Metrorail, is one of the quickest transit systems. There are also a number of buses and shuttles available with pick-up points located all over the city.
With everything from fresh seafood at The Wharf to the famous 40-layer lasagna at L’Ardente, there's something to tickle everyone's tastebuds in America's capital.
Sample some half smokes Washington DC’s signature dish. Similar to an American hotdog, the half-smoke combines ground pork and ground beef and is smoked to release the maximum level of flavour. Finished with onion, herbs and chilli sauce, half smokes have been a popular DC dish since the 1930s.
For some outdoor eating, head to Hi-Lawn, situated on the rooftop of Union Market. The outdoor concept has helped support local chefs and serves everything from DC craft beer and cocktails to meze platters and dozens of independent vendors.
Washington DC has a typically humid subtropical climate, with hot and humid summers, mild winters, and comfortable springs and falls. The average summer temperature is about 27°C, with the hottest day of the year topping out at 31°C. The winter is mild, with an average low temperature of 1°C in January and an average high of 10°C in December. Washington, DC, averages 120 inches of rain per year (about 30 cm).
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8h flight time from UKWashington Dulles International (IAD) Ronald Reagan Washington National airport (DCA) and Baltimore Washington international (BWI)Direct flights with British airways, Delta, American Airlines