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Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. is unlike any other city in the US, and not just because this is where the president resides. It’s in the union without being part of any state, but in person, details like that don’t even come to mind. This is a city brimming with grand architecture, soaring memorials and a passionate group of locals who aren’t afraid to voice their political opinions – whether they’re politicians, protesters or deliberate non-voters.

Accommodation in Washington D.C. includes most well-known international franchises. With so many high-ranking government officials and foreign dignitaries passing through, it comes as no surprise that luxurious five-star accommodation is a booming business. That aside, Washington D.C. welcomes more tourists than heads of state, so even more mid-range hotels and a few budget hostels are on site.

Iconic sites such as the White House, the Capitol and the Lincoln and Washington memorials are perennial favorites. For many, the biggest block of time goes to exploring the empire of Smithsonian Museums, covering nearly every aspect of global history, culture, art and science. Washington D.C. also has the oldest botanical gardens in the country, an excellent zoo and a spread of well-manicured parks cut with jogging and cycling paths.

Diversity is another defining element of this city. Nowhere is this reflected better than in the restaurants of Washington D.C. On one corner, diners will find an up-market steakhouse, a funky vegetarian café and any number of restaurants serving exotic ethnic cuisine.

The most convenient way to get here is via Dulles International Airport, where flights connect from capital cities across the world. It’s also possible to get here by Amtrak train or Greyhound bus. Taxis are on hand to connect incoming passengers with hotels in Washington D.C. city center.

For more information on hotels and landmarks in the different areas of Washington DC, click on the interactive Washington DC map on the left-hand side of the page.