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Washington DC

Holidays in Washington, DC

A Power City of endless sights

Home of the White House and an array of iconic memorials, Washington, DC is a political and cultural powerhouse of the USA. Leafy Georgetown and Dupont Circle are hotspots for luxury boutiques and the city throngs with events and festivals all year round. The heart of the nation comes to life through free monuments and museums aplenty.

Washington DC

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Essential information for Washington, DC

Local time
+ 19hrs
Currently
Language
USA flag
American English
Currency
US Dollar $
Official currency of the United States
Flight information
Washington, DC (IAD)
8h 30m
Direct flight
Flight schedule
Virgin Atlantic fly to Washington daily from London Heathrow.
Our main partner airline

Do I need a visa?

To travel to the USA, you will need an ESTA visa. Please make sure that you have this approved at least 3 days before you head off on holiday.

Find out more about Travel Visas here »

Getting around

Washington, DC is smaller than almost any major capital city you can think of, making it easily navigable on foot, by bike or via its easy Metro system.

Highlights of Washington, DC

Washington DC spoils every type of visitor for interesting things to do on their holiday. Here are the city’s best attractions.

  • Take a Segway, Duck tour or night bicycle tour around Washington’s key monuments. Or put on some comfy shoes and see the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Capitol Hill and impressive war memorials in between.
  • Take the family to the National Zoo to explore the kid’s farm, Lemur Island and keeper talks.
  • Explore the legendary music venues of Adams Morgan and the Penn Quarter.

Washington, DC is in a class of its own when it comes to high quality museums. Collectively called the Smithsonian Institution, this world-renowned museum and research complex in the District consists of 17 museums, galleries and a National Zoo.

  • Enjoy a picnic, explore nature trails and see the city’s oldest house in Rock Creek Park.
  • Try kayaking or SUP along The Georgetown waterfront or cycle along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal. If you’re feeling brave, go whitewater rafting on the Shenandoah River.
  • Enjoy a cocktail at The St Regis Hotel and dine on Mediterranean cuisine at Decanter.
  • Pamper yourself with an in-room spa treatment at George, A Kimpton Hotel.
  • Dig in to one of the hottest restaurant scenes in the nation. When you visit the nation's capital, you’ll experience a food scene as colourful and eclectic as America itself.
  • Go on a food tour of leafy Georgetown or a walking tour of the city’s best craft beer.
  • Enjoy a cosmopolitan food scene with everything from Mexican to Louisiana cuisine - Chinatown and Little Ethiopia are also worth a visit.
  • The city received its first Michelin Guide in October 2016 signifying to the world what the locals already know; it’s a true culinary destination.
  • March: Enjoy cultural events, fireworks and kites at the annual Cherry Blossom Festival
  • July: Celebrate Independence Day and see spectacular fireworks on the National Mall.
  • October: Bringing together friends and families since 1989, Taste of DC is a weekend full of delicious bites from over 65 restaurants, 2 stages of live music and culinary entertainment and an artisan market from local businesses.
  • December: Get in the holiday spirit with countless Christmas markets, light displays and seasonal events in the nation’s capital.

Take a look at our wonderful Washington, DC hotels and turn that dream city break into reality.

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For extra piece of mind, new bookings made before 31 August 2020 for travel up 30 April 2021 also have the flexibility to amend free of charge. If you need to change don’t worry, you can move your holiday as far out as 31 December 2021 subject to availability.

How would you like to talk to us?

With many customers needing our help, we are prioritising those customers due to travel before 06 October 2020. Log in to Manage my booking where you can message us about your options or you can give us a call. Bear in mind you may have to wait longer than expected. We continue to review this and working to open up these options to more customers. In the meantime check out our FAQs to see if this can help answer any immediate questions.

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Rest assured; we will notify you as soon as we know if your holiday has been affected.  

We are prioritising those customers due to travel before 06 October 2020. Log in to Manage my booking where you can message us about your options or you can give us a call. Bear in mind you may have to wait longer than expected. We continue to review this and working to open up these options to more customers. In the meantime check out our FAQs to see if this can help answer any immediate questions.

Please look out for emails from us or visit our dedicated Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for the latest updates.

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If you need to speak to us to change or cancel your booking, and you are due to travel before 06 October 2020, please log in to Manage my booking to call or message us. 

Payment flexibility


Don’t worry if you’ve missed a payment or just need a little more time to pay; we have options available to help you. If your holiday is going ahead as planned, you can continue to pay for your holiday in Manage my booking, even if travelling in less than 12 weeks. If you’re unsure, you can delay any additional payments by choosing a new time to travel by requesting a call back in Manage My booking for one of our team to look at options. If your holiday is more than 6 months away, you may wish to set up a Direct Debit to spread the cost. This can be arranged whilst rebooking or afterwards in Manage my booking.

We're flexible with your holiday plans


We understand that you may wish to change your holiday plans and we appreciate the need for flexibility. 

We'll be in touch by email letting you know how to register to change your holiday plans. You can also log into Manage my booking to find the details there. 

Please look out for emails from us or visit our dedicated Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for the latest updates.

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If we haven’t notified you of any changes, your holiday will be going ahead as planned but if you prefer to move your holiday to a later time we can help. Log in to Manage my booking to request a call back to amend your holiday. Please bear in mind we’ll work through requests in departure date order so may take longer than usual for us to get back to you

Please look out for emails from us or visit our dedicated Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for the latest updates.

Thank you for your patience and understanding


Payments are being prioritised based on when the request was made, working in order from March 2020 onwards. We will always try to process refunds at the earliest opportunity, for requests before August our maximum timeframe is 120 days. As we are steadily reducing the maximum processing time for each new request, for refund requests made in August, we expect the maximum processing time to be 80 days, from the date the refund is requested. For those requesting a refund in September, we expect it to be processed within a maximum of 60 days, and then reduce to 30 days for refunds requested in October, before returning to normal levels.

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To finalise the amendment, one of our customer advisors will phone you. We need to work through amend requests in departure date order so we can prioritise those with the most imminent travel plans, so you may have a longer wait than usual until we’re able to ring you back. We will help everyone that wants to move their holiday.

I returned early from holiday and have further questions?


You can contact our team by emailing feedback.backhome@virginholidays.com to discuss options on unused portions of your holiday. If you need to contact our team about amending an existing holiday or requesting a refund please log in to manage my booking.

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