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Washington, MD
Travel Guide

United States Capitol showing an administrative buidling, heritage architecture and autumn leaves

National treasures, American history and international politics take center stage in the U.S. capital city. 

Washington D.C., or “D.C.” as locals call it, was founded in 1791. As the epicenter of American politics, a visit to the nation’s capital isn’t complete without a trip to the White House. This is where America’s presidents have lived and worked for more than two centuries. Next door is the National Mall where you’ll find many of the country’s most revered landmarks. You can’t miss the towering Washington Monument, a 555-foot (169-meter) marble obelisk. Make your way up to the elevated U.S. Capitol Building for a breath-taking view across the Reflecting Pool towards the Lincoln Memorial. It was here that crowds gathered for Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963.

The National Mall showcases tributes to the nation’s patriots and heroes. These include the Korean War Veterans Memorial and Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Jefferson Memorial and World War II Memorial. It’s also home to the U.S. Botanic Garden and the National Gallery of Art. The revered Smithsonian Institute, the world’s largest museum and research complex, has most of its 19 exhibit halls on the mall. These include the National Museum of Natural History and the National Air and Space Museum. Use the wide, tree-lined sidewalks around the mall to explore the sights on foot or by hired bike.

Public transportation in D.C. is fast and easy. The DC Circulator bus stops in a number of districts, including Rosslyn, which is close to the Arlington National Cemetery, the Pentagon and the Iwo Jima Memorial. In the historic district of Georgetown you’ll find 18th-century architecture and modern-day shops and cafes. For nighttime entertainment, head to the U Street Corridor in the Shaw neighborhood where jazz legend Duke Ellington used to play nightly.

Washington D.C. hosts many lively festivals year round. Join in one the nation’s largest Independence Day celebrations on July 4. Each April film buffs from around the world enjoy the Washington DC International Film Festival. Music lovers gather every June for the DC Jazz Festival. The city also has a thriving theater scene. See a live stage show at The National Theatre, walking distance from the White House. The Shakespeare Theatre Company gives free performances throughout the year at the Sidney Harman Hall in Downtown D.C.

Be prepared for humid weather in summer and snowfall in winter. Visit Washington D.C. in spring and you may be lucky enough to catch one of the city’s most spectacular displays: for just a few days in March or April, some 1,600 cherry trees around the Tidal Basin burst into bloom.

Best time to visit Washington, D.C.Peak Season: From March through June, expect higher rates as tourists flock to the city for the cherry blossoms and Congress finishes up its session.

Value Season: September and December are your best bets for great hotel deals and shorter lines. July and August are also good for travel bargains, but expect humid weather.

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Where to stay in Washington

Motto by Hilton Washington DC City Center
Motto by Hilton Washington DC City Center
3.5 out of 5
627 H Street NW, Washington, DC
The price is NT$2,319 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Smithsonian American Art Museum and CityCenterDC. Capital One Arena and Walter E. Washington Convention ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,836 reviews)
"Staff was consistently helpful, friendly, polite and went the extra mile."

Reviewed on 2021/6/12

Motto by Hilton Washington DC City Center
Courtyard by Marriott Washington Downtown/Convention Center
Courtyard by Marriott Washington Downtown/Convention Center
3 out of 5
901 L Street NW, Washington, DC
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$3,180 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Ford's Theater, and Capital One Arena. ...
4.4/5Excellent! (848 reviews)
"Great place to stay"

Reviewed on 2021/6/12

Courtyard by Marriott Washington Downtown/Convention Center
Washington Plaza
Washington Plaza
4 out of 5
10 Thomas Circle NW, Washington, DC
The price is NT$3,009 per night from Jun 14 to Jun 14
Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lafayette Square, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, and White House. CityCenterDC ...
4.3/5Excellent! (2,156 reviews)
"Great location, great pool, friendly staff."

Reviewed on 2021/6/12

Washington Plaza
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
WhyHotel Washington DC National Mall
WhyHotel Washington DC National Mall
2.5 out of 5
600 4th St SW, Washington, DC
The price is NT$2,650 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 3
Located in Capitol Hill, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of the Bible, National Mall, and Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. International ...
WhyHotel Washington DC National Mall
Sonesta Simply Suites Falls Church
Sonesta Simply Suites Falls Church
3 out of 5
205 Hillwood Ave, Falls Church, VA
The price is NT$3,147 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Situated in the historical district, this aparthotel is 1.3 mi (2 km) from Eden Center and within 6 mi (10 km) of Inova Fairfax Hospital and Tysons Corner Center. ...
4.4/5Excellent! (628 reviews)
"Awesome place to stay. Modern and clean. It was tucked back off the road to give you privacy."

Reviewed on 2021/6/9

Sonesta Simply Suites Falls Church
Sonder | The Grace
Sonder | The Grace
3.5 out of 5
805 King Street, Alexandria, VA
The price is NT$3,341 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
Located in Old Town Alexandria, this apartment building is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Potomac River Waterfront Park and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Birchmere. MGM National ...
2/5 (5 reviews)
"Very clean, great location, 10/10 would recommend!"

Reviewed on 2021/4/2

Sonder | The Grace
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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