The busiest seasons for tourist activities are between March and August, in particular during the time when the cherry blossoms bloom and when schools are out for spring break and then summer vacation. In addition, when Congress is in session and from mid-January through June, hotels and restaurants are full of lobbyists, and the streets are often full of demonstrations. Spring and fall have the most pleasant weather. Summers in Washington are hot, sometimes exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and very humid. The quietest times are late August into early September and the period between Thanksgiving and mid-January. This is also when Washington, DC is the coldest but it's likely you'll find cheap hotels and flight deals to Washington, DC and discounted hotel rates if you travel during this time.
Why you should take a flight to Washington D.C.
Washington D.C. was founded in 1791 to serve as the new national capital. The country’s capital is home to the President of the United States, the Senate, the House of Representatives and hundreds of memorials paying homage to the country’s vibrant, and often turbulent, past. It also has some of the nation's most important historic monuments.
There’s more than politics to this city, however. Its museums and art galleries are famed around the world. Entertainment gurus will awe at the sight of Dorothy’s ruby slippers and Fonzie’s leather jacket at the Smithsonian American History Museum. Take a walk through the Hall of the First Lady’s and admire the inaugural gowns of Lady Bird Johnson, Jackie Kennedy and more. The National Mall – a green park stretching from the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial – is a common ground for protests and demonstrations. Other attractions include the National Zoo and the International Spy Museum.
You will discover some great seafood restaurants, steak houses, sushi bars, Italian restaurants and nearly any cuisine you crave. Some of the world’s best chefs have restaurants in the D.C. area. If you like sports, the Washington Nationals baseball team and the Washington Redskins football team are the two prominent professional franchises in the city. There are numerous discos and nightclubs in the Georgetown area. There are also intimate comedy clubs featuring some terrific political comedians. Check out the National Museum of Health if you have time. It’s a museum you won’t soon forget.
Getting around Washington
Washington is an easy city to get around: the center is the area around the National Mall. This area is easily accessible on foot, with most museums and monuments within easy walking distance. The streets in Washington are laid out in a grid, with numbered streets going in one direction and alphabetized streets going the other. The city is divided into four quadrants, with the Capitol building centering them all. Most of the major sights are within walking distance, but you can easily take the Metrobus or Metrorail (subway) if you get tired of walking. Bicycling is also very popular in the city; both locals and tourists cycle. Washington can get very hot in the summer months, so light clothes and plenty of water are recommended.
Washington Travel Information
Security concerns mean that many Washington, D.C. attractions won't let visitors bring their bags or cameras in with them. Storage is sometimes available, but don't count on it; it's best not to carry too much that won't fit into a pocket while visiting.
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Interesting information about Washington
More useful information about Washington
- Since your chances of snoozing in the White House are slim, find a cheap DC hotel to spend the night instead.
- Book a cheap direct flight to Washington, D.C. and see the Lincoln Memorial.
- Many major films are set in Washington, D.C. including the The Exorcist and In the Line of Fire.
- The city was created in a location between the North and the South and was planned by Pierre L'Enfant.
- Closest to downtown, one way flights to Washington, D.C. are best served by Washington National Airport (DCA).
- Known as The Metro, the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority provides the best way to get around the city.
- Summers in the nation's capital are notoriously humid, but the rest of the year's weather is pleasant.
- Most of the major attractions like the monuments and museums are in walking distance of each other.
- Take a last minute flight to Washington, D.C. and take photos of the cherry blossoms in spring.
- Free and centrally located, the Old Post Office Tower allows for great views of downtown D.C.