Washington, D.C. Travel Guide

Washington, D.C. Travel Guide

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You’ve learned about America’s capital city in textbooks, but there’s nothing like seeing the real thing up close—when you visit Washington, DC, you ... Read More

You’ve learned about America’s capital city in textbooks, but there’s nothing like seeing the real thing up close—when you visit Washington, DC, you experience so much more than a portal to the past or a glimpse at the flexing power of government.

John F. Kennedy may have once panned DC for its “Southern efficiency and Northern charm,” but recent years have secured its place as a world-class cultural capital. Always revered for its astonishing collection of museums and historical troves, DC also is a serious music, culinary, and nightlife hub. Explore its free museums, eat well in its explosion of new restaurants throughout town, tour craft breweries, and hear concerts at venues from the lauded Kennedy Center to the iconic 9:30 Club. T+L’s Washington, DC, travel guide will show you just what the city has beyond K Street and the White House.

While the city’s historic grand dames, including the Willard, Four Seasons, or Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, are still going strong, boutique properties such as the Hotel Monaco and international luxury brands like the Mandarin Oriental have diversified the city’s hotel offerings.

Perhaps the biggest cultural change in recent years, however, has happened in Washington’s dining scene. Now, the city boasts eateries from nationally regarded chefs like Jose Andres and Wolfgang Puck, but it’s garnered just as much attention for home-grown talent like Johnny Monis (Komi and Little Serow), Vikram Sunderam (Rasika), and Erik Bruner-Yang (Toki Underground). With a beer and cocktail culture equally as impressive, our Washington, DC city guide proves there’s a wealth of things to do that befit the nation’s capital.

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Best Time To Go

Spring is the best time to visit, when you might be lucky enough to see the cherry blossoms in bloom, but fall is mild, too. Summer is more difficult with the high heat and humidity. During the holidays, the White House Christmas tree is on view and historic theaters stage classic Christmas performances all season.


One of DC’s greatest qualities is its walkability. A small town at heart, you can move between neighborhoods easily if time allows for a stroll. The Metro subway system (payment determined by distance) or the bus (fares from $1.75 to $4) go around town and to nearby suburbs, and there are plenty of taxis, too.


January is the coolest month with an average temperature of 29°F (-1.7°C). July is the hottest month with an average temperature of 89°F (31.7°C).

Know Before You Go

If you’re hoping to tour the White House during your visit, plan ahead. Anyone can tour the presidential abode, but everyone must submit requests no less than 21 days in advance either through their congressional representative or, for foreign nationals, through their embassy.




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