Explore Washington, DC


​From food and wine to cultural events to American history, you can find it all in DC.

Washington DC’s unforgettable skyline is marked by some of the world’s most celebrated monuments. The awe-inspiring structures, statues and temples that grace the National Mall tell fascinating stories through their histories and designs. From the Washington Monument to the World War II Memorial to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, D.C. traces the history of the USA.

In DC, it’s easy to pair your sightseeing with museum touring. A number of Smithsonian Institution museums are located on or near the Mall, and they’re all free. The National Air & Space Museum, Museum of American History and the Museum of Natural History are must-sees. don't miss the newly inaugurated National Musuem of African American History and Culture.​​

The District, as locals call it, is relatively compact with unique neighborhoods that you can explore easily. Adams Morgan blends clubs, restaurants and exotic shops with new apartment complexes. Dupont Circle’s cosmopolitan outdoor dining, shops and Victorian architecture; nearby Georgetown, famous for its upscale shops, nightclubs and fine dining. Don't miss the charming Eastern Market home to one of the oldest markets in the USA and the bustling Barracks row with distinct architecture and some of the best dining in the city.

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Flying into Washington, DC

There are three major airports in the Washington, DC region: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (airport code: DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (airport code: IAD) and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (airport code: BWI). All three offer multiple U.S. and international flights daily.​

Reagan National Airport is located just across the Potomac River in Virginia and is the closest airport to DC. It is accessible via its own Metro stop on the Blue and Yellow Lines. 

Dulles Airport is located 26 miles from DC in suburban Virginia. It has a dedicated access road that makes getting into the city efficient via car, taxi or airport shuttle. Washington Flyer taxi cabs exclusively service Dulles Airport. ​​

BWI Airport is a bit further out in Baltimore, but oftentimes that means you can find even better flight deals. BWI Airport is accessible via an Amtrak train route that drops off at DC’s Union Station.​

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Getting Around​ DC

​​Washington, DC has one of the safest, cleanest and most efficient transportation systems in the world. Metrorail and Metrobus are the most convenient ways to get around DC. Riders can pay by purchasing a SmarTrip® card, which allows users to load a designated amount on to the card. ​

​The DC Circulator is incredibly affordable at just $1 per ride, and travels along six specific routes designed for easy-on, easy-off access at points of interest.   Explore neighborhoods and Capitol Hill with the Circulator. The bus offers a dedicated National Mall route. Schedules

​Walking: The city’s wide sidewalks meander past the inspiring National Mall, as well as the intimate museums, splendid gardens and neighborhoods.

Riding: Capital Bikeshare has over 350 stations across DC, Virginia and Maryland. You must join to take advantage of the over 3,000 bicycles. The system is easy: simply join (options range from a Day Key to a year-long membership) and you have access to bikes 24 hours a day. 

​​ ​pictures courtesy of Washington, DC CVB


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