Washington, D.C.

With centuries of nation-making history and culture imbued across Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital offers visitors endless opportunities to explore countless museums, monuments and so much more.


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Late March – June: This is peak season, with warmer temps and a chance to glimpse D.C.’s famed cherry blossoms in late March and early April.
July – Aug.: Less crowded, but steamy weather also makes it less than ideal.
Sept. – Nov.: As fall approaches, temps and humidity drop and crowds lessen.
Dec. – Early March: Relatively mild winters, though weather can be unpredictable.


Visas: Travelers from outside the United States will need a valid passport, as well as ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) eligibility or a full visa. 
Money: Currency is U.S. dollars and ATMs are widely available. 
Travel Health: Travelers (including U.S. citizens) should check for vaccinationproof of negative COVID-19 test and face mask requirements, as well as any travel restrictions before planning their trip. Before traveling, research and prepare for what to do if you get sick while away. D.C.’s monuments, parks, trails and outdoor eateries and bars make social distancing easy. Get the latest opening info for attractions, museums, venues, festivals, events at Washington.org.


Getting Here: D.C. is served by Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and Dulles International Airport (IAD) in Virginia; and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) in Maryland. Amtrak trains run from Union Station.
Getting Around: D.C.’s Metro system is extensive and easy to navigate. The Metrobus runs throughout the city and suburbs. Taxis, ride shares and bike-share programs are also commonly available. 


Local Lingo: DMV: The District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia area. The Hill: Capitol Hill. The Mall: The National Mall. Half smoke: A larger, spicier version of a hot dog with a half-pork/half-beef makeup. 
Must-Have Apps: MetroHeroUberSmithsonian MobileNPS National Mall
Other Tips: Traveling to D.C. on a budget? The District’s Smithsonian Institution includes some of the best museums in the world — and incredibly, entry is free.