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Explore the awesome city of presidents on Washington DC city breaks and discover a place of monuments and museums at the heart of world events.
City breaks to Washington DC are popular – and not just for those interested in politics or history. Read on to find out why you’ll love it…
The green swathe of the National Mall sweeps from the sheer white marble of the US Capitol to the dizzying Washington Monument (still Washington DC's tallest structure). Tree-lined boulevards house world-class museums alongside the Mall's edges while the Potomac River skirts round the west of the city. In quaint Georgetown you can admire the 18th century townhouses of senators and celebs before enjoying a warm welcome in an artisanal coffee shop.
Oh yes, there’s a lot more to the capital of the United States of America than politicians and statues. This vibrant metropolis stirs the imaginations of all who visit – from teeny toddlers to their great-grandparents. The memorials and monuments are huge but touching, while the museums are some of the best on the planet.
And while you can’t go far without seeing an iconic piece of Washington’s landscape, you’ll be equally delighted by everything that you weren’t expecting to experience in Washington DC.
On short breaks to Washington DC you’ve got a lot to pack in, so be sure to tick off the main attractions from your sightseeing list. Highlights include the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Reflecting Pool and the White House. The Smithsonian Museum complex should also be high up on that checklist – there’s a museum here for everyone.
International flights to Washington DC arrive into Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), though some indirect flights will see you land at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) or Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).
Getting into Washington DC from Dulles Airport is easy. The Washington Flyer services include transfer by taxis, coaches, shuttle vans and metro bus. From Ronald Reagan airport, there are taxis and shuttle services as well as options on the Metrorail. From Baltimore Washington International Marshall Thurgood Airport Rail Station you can get into Washington DC's Union Station in less than half an hour on regular train services. Wherever you land, car hire is economical and allows you to get around at your leisure. Pick up at the airport and be on the road within minutes.
Getting around on weekend breaks in Washington DC is easy if you choose not to hire a car. The Metrorail and Metrobus systems will take you anywhere in Washington DC's metropolitan area but many visitor's choose to use open-top buses to get around.
To find the best-value city breaks in Washington DC simply use the price-comparison service on TravelSupermarket and then book your ideal trip.
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