The seat of American government and the site of historical protests, Washington is brimming with museums, monuments, parks, and delicious street food.
Things to Do in Washington
- Spend a day or two touring the National Mall. You can find most of the major sites here from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument, as well as many museums and galleries.
- Sample a chili dog at Ben's Chili Bowl. An icon of U Street, this chili joint opened in 1958 and has barely changed since.
- Stop by the Eastern Market. Selling everything from tasty snacks to jewellery and artwork, it's a great place for grabbing lunch or picking up some souvenirs.
- The National Zoo is the perfect day trip for families, hosting giant pandas, orangutans, and a petting farm perfect for younger kids.
Best Time to Visit
Sep-Oct: The weather in Washington is lovely around this time of year and the fallen leaves make the historic monuments look beautiful. Summers are hot and quite humid, however temperatures don't tend to stay below 25°C. Winters are cold, although temperatures are generally not freezing.
Visit in late March / early April for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Watch as thousands of cherry blossoms around Washington come into full bloom dusting the city a charming pink.
Celebrate the 4th July in the USA’s capital. Festivities include noisy parade, a dazzling firework display and free outdoor concerts. Bring lots of water as the city gets hot during July.
Why We Love It“Washington is such a great city. My favourite part was the National Mall where you will find the Martin Luther King Jr monument, Veterans Memorial, and the WWII memorial, it’s a must-do! I would also recommend staying in the Dupont Circle area.”
Jennifer Kearney, Sales Executive