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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.

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Essential information for Washington DC

Local time

Language

USA flag
American English

Currency

US Dollar $
Official currency of the United States

Flight information

8h 30m
Washington DC (IAD)
Direct flight

Flight Schedule

  • Virgin Atlantic fly to Washington daily from Heathrow.
are 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.

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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.

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