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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
-5hrs
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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Your holiday may be affected by the government’s travel restrictions

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office UK have advised against all but essential travel. Depending on when you are due to travel, your holiday may be affected.

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Your holiday will not be going ahead as planned

Due to the ongoing situation regarding COVID-19, the Foreign Commonwealth Office have advised against all but essential travel. Therefore, with known airline cancellations, the following holidays will not go ahead as planned:

  • Any holidays departing before 27th April 2020.
  • Any Caribbean holidays departing before 1 May 2020.

We’re flexible with your holiday plans

We understand you may want to change your holiday plans. You can postpone your holiday to any time before 31 December 2021, and even choose a different destination. We won’t charge you to make these changes.

For now, we do ask you not to contact us. As a priority, we are currently supporting those customers whose holidays have already been directly affected by cancellations. We will contact you as soon as we can, or if there are any further changes that could affect your holiday.

We know you’ll want to get this sorted as soon as possible, and we’re very grateful for your understanding.

Please look out for an email from us in the coming days and weeks with our latest advice. See our Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for latest updates.

You’re good to go

In line with the advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office UK, and known airline cancellations, all trips booked from June onwards are currently going ahead as planned.

As a priority, we are currently supporting those customers whose holidays have been directly affected by cancellations.

So, for now, we ask you not to contact us. Rest assured we are contacting all of our customers by email in departure date order to support them with options, and we will absolutely let you know if your situation changes.

Please look out for an email from us in the coming weeks. See our Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for latest updates.

Rebook your holiday


We are sending all affected customers a voucher by email that is valid for the full value of your cancelled holiday. When you rebook, we’d like to gift you with 4,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles too.

There’s no rush. You can redeem your holiday voucher on a new booking with us any time before 31 July 2020.

We know you’ll be wanting to get this sorted as soon as possible. So please look out for our email for more details of how to amend your holiday plans.

Cancel your holiday


We're sending all affected customers a voucher by email that is valid for the full value of your cancelled holiday.  

Rather than cancel, if you’d like to travel with us sometime in the future, we would still love to find a great holiday for you (and gift you with 4,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles as a thank you).

If you'd prefer to cancel completely, we understand. We will refund you in full. Refunds will be successfully returned in approximately 90 days.

We know you’ll be wanting to get this sorted as soon as possible. So please look out for our email for more details of how to amend your holiday plans.

Your holiday is in safe hands


No need to contact us. Be assured, that if the situation changes, we will contact you as soon as this happens with the options available to you.

Change it up


You can postpone your holiday to travel any time before 31 December 2021, and even choose a different destination. We won’t charge you to make these changes and our Service Team are there to help – just give us a call.

Please bear in mind our wait times are currently longer than usual due to high demand.

Your holiday is in safe hands


Your holiday is scheduled to depart as booked. Continue to pay off your holiday balance with the assurance that your money is fully protected through ATOL. Be assured, that if the situation changes, we will contact you as soon as this happens with the options available to you.

The choice is yours


No problem! To amend your holiday dates, just give us a call. Any amendments to your booking can be made for £50pp, and our Service Team can help you decide on dates, or even a different destination.

Please bear in mind our wait times are currently longer than usual due to high demand.

Register yourself as away from home


If you’re abroad and your flight home has been cancelled please let us know, as relief flights will end soon.

Register as away from home

Alternatively, call our UK Duty Office on +44 0344 472 9646 (option 3) to discuss your options for getting home.

Book online


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Help is at hand


Looking for inspiration? Explore our destinations and holiday types online and save your faves to your very own Wishlist

If you’re ready to book but can’t find the information you need on our website, just call our travel experts who will be happy to help.

To redeem your holiday voucher on a new booking with us, just give us a call and quote your old booking reference.

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Important information: We are working hard to help all of our customers, particularly those already on holiday or due to travel in the next 72 hours.