Washington, D.C. holidays demand equal doses of history, art and full-blown nerdery. So, head for the metro or book one of our Washington, D.C. car rental options, and get going. History lovers can make a circuit at the National Mall south of downtown and visit the United States Capitol. Be sure to wave at the POTUS with the mostest as you stop at the White House! Next, pause for a moment with Honest Abe and the Lincoln Memorial by the Patomic River. Get your geek on at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of Natural History. With its heaps of museums, the National Mall isn’t for buying stuff, but you’ll have plenty new ideas to choose from—and that looks good on everyone. Loosen up after all that learnin’ in the fresh and quirky Dupont Circle neighbourhood or keep it straight-laced with an arvo in Georgetown, known for upscale village vibes, cobblestone streets and cupcakes. Pro tip: Do not leave this city without a cupcake. You’re welcome.
Now that you know which mall not to shop at, head to Capitol Hill for your pick of flea market finds and one-of-a-kind gifts to take back to your BFF who is already jealous of your Washington, D.C. holiday. If you’re a fashionista on the hunt for local or well-known designers, go back to Georgetown, find a stylish person and ask, “Where’d you get that?”
If you can’t get the mention of barbecue out of your mind, add a few more delicious daydreams. For award-hoarding international eats from Japan, Korea, Georgia, Italy and more, got to the northern neighbourhood of Adams Morgan and Stuff. Your. Face.
Political staffers may keep their shoes shined and hair slicked at work, but D.C. knows how to get down. Stick around Adams Morgan for bar-hopping and people watching, or slip into a speakeasy in the U Street Corridor. U Street is home to dance clubs, dive bars and the dancers and divers to go with it, so bust a move and make some friends.
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Who said that great service had to be expensive? You'll have a relaxing night's sleep at an even better price at the Comfort Inn Downtown DC/Convention Center and the Windsor Park Hotel. Or perhaps you'd rather treat yourself in more luxurious surrounds? Then let the friendly staff at the Four Seasons Hotel Washington D.C. and the Rosewood Washington, D.C. take care of you.
With an attraction like White House, it's hardly surprising you're keen to visit Washington. Why not make the most of this famed icon and stay nearby? The Jefferson, Washington, DC and The Hay-Adams are both within a short stroll.
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