We loved our visit to America’s capital, it is a fascinating city with so much history. But, there are a few things to consider when vacationing in Washington DC which will help you plan your next trip.
Established as the capital of the U.S in 1790 and home to the White House, Washington D.C is an amazing city to visit. Best known for its museums and memorials it is also recognized as one of the most educational destinations in the U.S.
Whether you enjoy the outdoors, want to soak up a bit of history or are looking for a fabulous family vacation destination, it has something for everyone. Here are some things to consider when vacationing in D.C.
Getting to and from the airport
Whilst there are 3 major airports serving Washington D.C. Washington Dullus airport, located in Virginia approx. 26 miles away, is the primary international airport for this region.
Around 40 airlines operate non-stop flights to and from Dulles International Airport (IAD). The airport has a dedicated access road making getting to and from it fairly easy by car, taxi or shuttle.
If, however, you want to travel more comfortably and add a bit of luxury to your journey then you might want to consider booking an IAD car service. A chauffeur-driven vehicle will collect you from the airport and take you straight to your destination.
Where to stay in Washington DC
You will never be short of accommodation choices when it comes to staying in D.C. There are hundreds of hotels and other venues offering differing levels of accommodation to suit all budgets.
Downtown D.C is a great choice if you want to be in the heart of the city. There are many galleries, museums, and historical locations to visit nearby. Dupont Circle area is very popular due to its proximity to an eclectic mix of restaurants.
It also hosts a great range of bars and shops, and many museums are within easy reach. It is a good idea to research the many different areas within the city so you can narrow things down.
Whilst D.C is very walkable, there are also some good public transport options available. The Metrorail and Metrobus services are cheap and accessible to all.
Metrorail, the local underground, operates daily. With 6 lines and around 91 stations, it makes getting around very quick and easy. The Metrobus offers return services out with the city should you want to go slightly further afield.
Washington D.C hosts thousands of museums and other indoor activities but there are many things you can do outdoors too. Whether you enjoy hiking, want to rent cycles for the day or just want to wander around some of the city’s beautiful parks, there are a host of different outdoor attractions to choose from.
The National Arboretum is almost 450 acres in size and has a wonderful array of flora and fauna on display as well as many beautiful walks. Spanning around 163 acres, Smithsonian’s National Zoo is one of the country’s oldest zoos. You can see thousands of animals there, the most famous being the giant pandas. It’s guaranteed to be a great day out for adults and children alike.