Washington Travel Guide & Information

Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington or simply D.C., is the capital of the United States. Located on the north bank of the Potomac River and bordered by the states of Virginia to the southwest and Maryland, Washington is one of the world's great capitals. With exceptional museums, tree-shaded parks, eclectic restaurants and a vibrant nightlife, DC provides visitors with some of the world's most famous monuments, museums, gardens and landmarks.

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Travel to Washington, a city that continues to rebrand itself as a world-class cultural and culinary capital. The generous share of the nation's most treasured monuments and memorials make it an ideal destination for every traveler. Flights to Washington are your tickets to a series of memorials and monuments, such as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. Other prominent sights in the Capital are the cornerstone of the U.S. Government: the United States Capitol, the United States Supreme Court and the White House, home of the President of the United States.

The capital of the world's wealthiest and most powerful nation is sure to impress travelers with its plethora of museums, monuments and American history. From colorful festivals and more, there is always something going on in DC. Great restaurants and assorted clubs add variety to the city's nightlife. The incredible array of attractions combined with a myriad of things to see and do, make Washington a "Must Visit" destination.

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Things to do in Washington

Museums:

Washington is home to several world class museums that provide an insight into America’s history.

National Museum of Natural History: is a natural history museum located in the National Mall. The museum's collections total over 126 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites and other cultural artifacts. It is the second most popular of all of the Smithsonian museums and is home to about 185 professional natural history scientists.

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National Air and Space Museum: holds the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world. It is also a center for research into the history and science of aviation and spaceflight, as well as planetary science and terrestrial geology and geophysics. Almost all space and aircraft on display are originals or replicas of originals. It is the most popular of the Smithsonian museums.

National Gallery of Art: Open to the public free of charge, the museum's boasts a collection of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture, medals and decorative arts from the Middle Ages to present day. The National Gallery of Art has one of the finest art collections in the world. European and American paintings, sculpture, written works, photographs and decorative arts are displayed in the collection galleries and Sculpture Garden.

Prominent Attractions:

Washington is home to several other monuments and attractions well worth the visit.

White House: Located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the White House stands as a ubiquitous symbol for the entire county. As the residence of the President, the architectural beauty is only surpassed by its historical and cultural significance. The tour of this landmark allows visitors to follow the footsteps of the Presidents through each historic room, including the East Room, Green Room and State Dining Room.

Lincoln Memorial: is an American memorial built to honor the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. The building is in the form of a Greek Doric temple and contains a large seated sculpture of Abraham Lincoln and inscriptions of two well-known speeches by Lincoln. Many people consider the Lincoln Memorial as the city's most inspiring monument.

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: Commonly referred to as the Kennedy Center is a performing arts center located on the Potomac River. The Center, which opened on September 8, 1971, produces and presents theater, dance, ballet, orchestral, chamber, jazz, popular & folk music and multi-media performances for all ages. It is the nation’s busiest performing arts facility and annually hosts approximately 2,000 performances for audiences totaling nearly two million.

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Where to Stay in Washington

Whether you are planning to visit Washington for business or pleasure, the choices of cheap hotels and 4 star hotels under $99 are endless.

Downtown Washington: is the central business district in the northwest quadrant of the District of Columbia. The area boasts several premier attractions like The National Mall, D.C.'s main theater district, Smithsonian and non-Smithsonian museums, fine dining, Chinatown, the Verizon Center, the Convention Center, the White House, West Potomac Park, Kennedy Center, George Washington University, the beautiful Tidal Basin and the new Nationals Stadium. Being home to a plethora of attractions it’s no surprise that it is also a popular area filled with hotels to choose from.

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West: The West is the prestigious, wealthy side of town, home to the historic village of Georgetown with an energetic nightlife, colonial architecture and fine dining, the West boasts attractions like the massive National Cathedral, bucolic Dumbarton Oaks, the bulk of D.C.'s high-end shopping and several nice restaurants. You’ll find 4-star hotels, 5-star hotels and budget hotels.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

As per the latest travel information available to Washington, here are the latest passport and visa guidelines:

For US Citizens:

* A valid identification in order to board the plane.

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For Canadian Citizens:

Canadian citizens travelling by air to, through or from the United States must present one of the following valid documents:

* A passport or

* A NEXUS card when used at a kiosk at designated Canadian airports and at all U.S. airports when returning to Canada.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We recommend that you check the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, so that you do not miss out on any of the fun while visiting Washington.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit Washington

The capital is an ideal destination that can be visited anytime of the year. The weather and seasonality will determine the cost of your vacation.

Most visitors plan their visit during the spring and autumn seasons. Those looking to travel on a budget can plan to visit Washington during the summer and winter months. However, summers in Washington can be hot and humid.

Planning your Visit:

Peak season: (March to mid-June & Mid-September to early November)

Off-Peak season: (July to mid-September & January to February)

Washington Weather

Washington has four distinct seasons.

* Spring and fall are mild, with low humidity, while winter brings cold weather and annual snowfall averaging 16.6 inches.

* Summers tend to be hot and humid with high temperatures in July and August.

Currency and Language:

Currency:

Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are available throughout Washington. Be sure to let your bank know your dates of travel and find out the cost of ATM withdraws.

Languages:

* English is the primary language.