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Why go to Washington DC

Book Washington DC holidays and prepare to witness some of the biggest icons of America, such as the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. Even if you have only a passing interest in politics, Washington DC has plenty to enthral.

The capital of the United States of America, Washington DC is a political powerhouse but its appeal extends to a wide range of visitors...

Holidays in Washington DC can be filled with sightseeing, museums and galleries – it’s a city break destination with plenty to offer on the cultural front.

The capital is not in a state, it's in the District of Columbia, which sits on the Potomac River on land donated by neighbouring Maryland. It can be found inland and a little north of the midway point of the eastern coast.

The main pulling power of the capital is the sightseeing. No trip would be complete without sneaking a peek at the White House – the home to every American president since John Adams. Or stand on the National Mall and gaze at the great white dome of the Capitol Building in one direction, while you can turn to spy the obelisk that is the Washington Monument. From there you can read thousands of names on the haunting Vietnam War Memorial, or stare in wonder at the giant seated statue of Abraham Lincoln, inside his Greek temple home at the Lincoln Memorial. The Jefferson Memorial is another to tick off your list of must-see iconic tributes to the nation's past.

Washington DC's museum scene is staggering. Within the mighty museum complex that is the Smithsonian there are 19 museums alone. You can also discover new things at the Holocaust Museum, the US Mint's engraving and printing tour, the International Spy Museum, the National Museum of Crime & Punishment or maybe even take a tour of FBI HQ. The national cultural centre, the Kennedy Center, is also worth a few hours and offers an excellent venue to catch performing arts.

Sightseeing is concentrated on the central area and there isn't much to see in the outlying areas.

Washington DC's two neighbouring states also offer day trips from the nation's capital. In Virginia you'll find Arlington Cemetery, where the nation's service personnel are laid to rest, plus the home of the department of defence, the Pentagon. In Maryland you can visit the lovely city of Annapolis.

Road trips are popular from Washington DC, with the eastern cities of Philadelphia and New York within easy reach.

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