Nestled between Maryland and Virginia on the scenic Potomac River,
Washington, D.C. squeezes an amazing list of attractions into 60 square
miles. It is a stately hub of government, history, business, education and
entertainment, and visitors from around the world dive into the unique
citywide culture. Regardless of your reason for visiting Washington, D.C.,
a memorable experience surely awaits. Let IHG help you find the ultimate
Washington, D.C. hotel for your stay in the nation’s capital.
Things to See
The White House tops many D.C. visitors’ must-see lists. A great way to
plan your visit in advance is to reserve tickets through a member of
Taking a stroll along the National Mall, a swath of land rife with famous
monuments, museums and memorials, including the Lincoln Memorial, the
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial and the Martin
Luther King Jr. Memorial, is a high-priority for visiting history buffs.
Also on the Mall are the National Museum of American History, the National
Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian Castle. Spend a day exploring
fascinating exhibits at the National Museum of Natural History, including
the immaculate Hope Diamond and the equally larger-than-life, taxidermied
elephant in the museum’s rotunda.
You’ll also find golden opportunities for outdoor recreation. Hillwood
Gardens and the Franciscan Monastery Gardens are both home to thousands of
lovely plants. The National Arboretum, which you can walk, bike or jog
through, is another highlight. You might also stop by the National
Zoological Park and meet its most famous residents, panda couple Mei
Xiang and Tian Tian.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, sample the cuisine scene at restaurants
like Ayse, Bangkok Golden, Barlett Pear Inn, and Old Ebbitt Grill.
Hotels in Washington, D.C.
The D.C. area is home to a variety of hotels offering historic luxury,
convenience and budget-friendly pricing. When looking at our listings,
consider not only price and location but also things like pet policies, and
whether the hotel has unique characteristics that add extra value to your
vacation. For example, history lovers may be drawn to the 1920s-era facades
of hotels near the White House, while design hounds might prefer the sleek
boutique hotels of the West End.
Where to Stay
Capitol Hill, which is close to the National Mall and other attractions, is
a good place to stay if you have government business in Washington, or just
want to find yourself in the thick of the city action. Penn Quarter is full
of restaurants, businesses and a thriving nightlife, with close proximity
to the Verizon Center. Dupont Circle is for those seeking a calmer
neighborhood atmosphere. If you intend to stay outside of D.C. proper, look
at accommodations in nearby Alexandria, Virginia; it has a lovely Old Town
and is accessible via the Metro.
How to Get to Washington, D.C.
The D.C. area has three airports: Reagan National Airport, Dulles
International Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Airport, with
Reagan being the closest to downtown. Before booking your flight, compare
rates between the three airports and look at available ground
transportation options. Hailing a taxi, finding a shuttle or taking a bus
from both Reagan National and Dulles International are easy, and there is a
train station near Baltimore-Washington International.