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Bordered by the Potomac River, the city of Washington DC is located in the east of the USA. Often, people confuse the US capital with the state of Washington, which is on the west coast over 2,500 miles away. But a holiday to Washington DC won’t take you to Washington – in fact, this city doesn’t belong to any of America’s states. As its name indicates, Washington DC is part of the District of Columbia, nestled between the states of Maryland and Virginia.

Washington DC holidays are great for families, as this place is bursting with fascinating attractions, from the monuments of the National Mall to the range of Smithsonian museums. If you like architecture and history, you’ll definitely enjoy your stay here, as the city is home to a wide variety of significant monuments and contemporary structures. The Memorial Loop is a must-do, as it’ll take you to the World War Two Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and more.

If the National Cathedral and Smithsonian National Zoo are high on your agenda, head to the Upper Northwest district, where you’ll also be able to explore Rock Creek Park. Georgetown is ideal if you want to soak up some of Washington DC’s culture, as this area is home to Georgetown University and architecture dating back to the eighteenth century.

For vibrantly coloured buildings, outdoor markets and thriving nightlife, take a trip to the Adams Morgan neighbourhood. You can discover one of the city’s best areas for boutique shops, art galleries and thriving LGBT communities. Here, you’ll be able to visit the Dupont Circle fountain, just off the circle itself, and walk down Massachusetts Avenue to see the grand embassy buildings.

Want to discover the iconic capital of the USA? Speak to our Travel Specialists to find out more about our Washington DC holidays.

Memorials & monuments

Things to do

Festivals & events

Best time to go

Washington DC memorials & monuments

When you think of Washington DC holidays, the capital’s landmark cenotaphs probably spring to mind. Structures like the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial are eye-catching tributes to those who have shaped the city.

Make the National Mall the first stop on your itinerary. It’s the most popular national park in the US, and a must-see site on your holiday to Washington DC. The famous strip is home to the Lincoln Memorial in the west, the US Capitol to the east, and the Washington Monument and World War II Memorial in the middle.

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Just a 15-minute walk away is the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. This white building sits on the bank of the Tidal Basin and pays homage to the US president, who drafted the Declaration of Independence. On the other side of the Potomac River, you’ll find Arlington National Cemetery and the striking US Marine Corps War Memorial, showing US men erecting their flag in Iwo Jima.



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Things to do

You’ll never be stuck for something to do in Washington DC. Adults and children alike will love exploring the Smithsonian Institution’s various museums, galleries and zoo. There are over 150 different items to discover, and you can see them all for free. Another popular attraction is the White House Visitor Centre, where you’ll get a glimpse of life inside one of the world’s most famous buildings.

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If sport is your thing, it’s worth visiting the Washington Metropolitan Area. This district is home to some of the city’s biggest sports venues, from the Capital One Arena to the RFK Stadium. Or, if you fancy a bit of retail therapy, head to CityCenterDC – a huge shopping quarter with labels including Gucci, Hermes and Dior. Round the day off in Downtown DC, where the many bars and clubs will keep you dancing ‘til dawn.

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Festivals & events

Washington DC residents love to come together to celebrate life in the city throughout the year. Spring and summer are particularly busy, with a number of different annual festivals.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is a real gem, so if you only visit one event, make sure it’s this one. Every year, over a million people travel to the Tidal Basin to see the city’s many trees during the ‘peak bloom’ period. Usually, this falls in March or April and lasts for up to two weeks.

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On the first two Saturdays of May, Passport DC celebrates the region’s diversity. This is your chance to see the inside of the city’s international embassies. On the last Monday of the month, why not take part in the Memorial Day events and parades? In the first half of June, music-lovers can unite at the DC Jazz Festival. And don’t miss the Independence Day fireworks at the National Mall in July.

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Best time to visit Washington DC

Holidays to Washington DC are great year-round, as its main attractions are the impressive buildings and monuments. But temperatures can drop below freezing in January – so if you want to avoid chilly weather, you’re best off scheduling your getaway for spring, summer or autumn.

The city experiences temperatures in the thirties in July, when the highest number of tourists flood in. This can make for uncomfortable sightseeing, so unless you’re desperate to catch the summer sun, we recommend travelling between March and May, or September and November. That way, you’ll be able to get about easily.

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In the spring, Washington DC’s characteristic cherry blossom trees are in full bloom and make for fantastic photographs. And in the autumn, of course, the city’s many trees put on an impressive display of colour, before it’s time for the Christmas decorations to go up.

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Memorials & monuments

Washington DC memorials & monuments

When you think of Washington DC holidays, the capital’s landmark cenotaphs probably spring to mind. Structures like the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial are eye-catching tributes to those who have shaped the city.

Make the National Mall the first stop on your itinerary. It’s the most popular national park in the US, and a must-see site on your holiday to Washington DC. The famous strip is home to the Lincoln Memorial in the west, the US Capitol to the east, and the Washington Monument and World War II Memorial in the middle.

Show More
Show Less

Just a 15-minute walk away is the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. This white building sits on the bank of the Tidal Basin and pays homage to the US president, who drafted the Declaration of Independence. On the other side of the Potomac River, you’ll find Arlington National Cemetery and the striking US Marine Corps War Memorial, showing US men erecting their flag in Iwo Jima.



Show More
Show Less

Things to do

Things to do

You’ll never be stuck for something to do in Washington DC. Adults and children alike will love exploring the Smithsonian Institution’s various museums, galleries and zoo. There are over 150 different items to discover, and you can see them all for free. Another popular attraction is the White House Visitor Centre, where you’ll get a glimpse of life inside one of the world’s most famous buildings.

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Show More
Show Less

If sport is your thing, it’s worth visiting the Washington Metropolitan Area. This district is home to some of the city’s biggest sports venues, from the Capital One Arena to the RFK Stadium. Or, if you fancy a bit of retail therapy, head to CityCenterDC – a huge shopping quarter with labels including Gucci, Hermes and Dior. Round the day off in Downtown DC, where the many bars and clubs will keep you dancing ‘til dawn.

Show More
Show Less

Festivals & events

Festivals & events

Washington DC residents love to come together to celebrate life in the city throughout the year. Spring and summer are particularly busy, with a number of different annual festivals.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is a real gem, so if you only visit one event, make sure it’s this one. Every year, over a million people travel to the Tidal Basin to see the city’s many trees during the ‘peak bloom’ period. Usually, this falls in March or April and lasts for up to two weeks.

Show More
Show Less

On the first two Saturdays of May, Passport DC celebrates the region’s diversity. This is your chance to see the inside of the city’s international embassies. On the last Monday of the month, why not take part in the Memorial Day events and parades? In the first half of June, music-lovers can unite at the DC Jazz Festival. And don’t miss the Independence Day fireworks at the National Mall in July.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Washington DC

Holidays to Washington DC are great year-round, as its main attractions are the impressive buildings and monuments. But temperatures can drop below freezing in January – so if you want to avoid chilly weather, you’re best off scheduling your getaway for spring, summer or autumn.

The city experiences temperatures in the thirties in July, when the highest number of tourists flood in. This can make for uncomfortable sightseeing, so unless you’re desperate to catch the summer sun, we recommend travelling between March and May, or September and November. That way, you’ll be able to get about easily.

Show More
Show Less

In the spring, Washington DC’s characteristic cherry blossom trees are in full bloom and make for fantastic photographs. And in the autumn, of course, the city’s many trees put on an impressive display of colour, before it’s time for the Christmas decorations to go up.

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