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Welcome to Washington, DC

Home to the seat of the U.S. government, Washington, D.C. draws visitors from all over the world who want to explore the historical landmarks and attractions in and around the city. Throngs of event attendees also gather here, thanks to the inspirational atmosphere and the plethora of meeting spaces, tech-friendly venues, and museums and memorials, plus a bustling restaurant scene and cultural activities. Situated along the Potomac River, bordering Maryland and Virginia, the nation’s capital serves as a true pivotal meeting spot.
Washington, DC Highlights
From the Spirit of St. Louis to the Star Spangled Banner, Washington, D.C. is packed with historical sites and attractions, including over 70 museums, which is why the city is a popular destination for events and meetings. The surrounding area also boasts important landmarks including Arlington National Cemetery and George Washington's Mount Vernon in Virginia.
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Located on the National Mall, this prestigious museum houses natural history specimens and human artifacts.
National Museum of African American History and Culture
This is the only national museum devoted to the documentation of African-American life, history, and culture.
U.S. Capitol
This symbolically significant building is where the Senate and the House of Representatives meet.
Lincoln Memorial
The solitary statue of Abraham Lincoln greets visitors at this memorial site, as well as carved inscriptions of his speeches.
National Gallery of Art
The museum contains more than 150,000 sculptures, decorative arts, prints, drawings, photographs, and paintings in its permanent collection.
National Mall
This open area stretches nearly two miles between the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial and is home to iconic monuments.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
This living memorial covers the history of the Holocaust with artifacts, photographs, and film footage.
National Air and Space Museum
You can explore exhibitions on the history of aviation and spaceflight at this museum.
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Located on the National Mall, this prestigious museum houses natural history specimens and human artifacts.
National Museum of African American History and Culture
This is the only national museum devoted to the documentation of African-American life, history, and culture.
U.S. Capitol
This symbolically significant building is where the Senate and the House of Representatives meet.
Lincoln Memorial
The solitary statue of Abraham Lincoln greets visitors at this memorial site, as well as carved inscriptions of his speeches.
National Gallery of Art
The museum contains more than 150,000 sculptures, decorative arts, prints, drawings, photographs, and paintings in its permanent collection.
National Mall
This open area stretches nearly two miles between the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial and is home to iconic monuments.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
This living memorial covers the history of the Holocaust with artifacts, photographs, and film footage.
National Air and Space Museum
You can explore exhibitions on the history of aviation and spaceflight at this museum.
Washington, DC Weather
The best times to visit Washington, D.C., especially if you’re planning outdoor activities, are spring (up until the end of June) and fall (from mid-August to early October). From April to mid-May the area’s cherry blossoms bloom, making it a pretty and popular (meaning crowded) period in D.C. As for the rest of the year, the city’s summers can be hot and muggy and the winters can be very cold.
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August84°66°4.9 in
September78°59°3.8 in
October67°48°3.1 in
November55°38°2.8 in
December45°29°2.8 in
January42°27°3.0 in
February44°28°2.5 in
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Wind: 10.25 m/s
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Wind: 8.12 m/s
Fri, Aug 06
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Precipitation: 0%
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Wind: 10.76 m/s
Sat, Aug 07
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Precipitation: 43%
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Wind: 5.91 m/s
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Precipitation: 37%
Humidity: 27%
Wind: 6.89 m/s
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Precipitation: 5%
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Wind: 9.91 m/s
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Precipitation: 27%
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Wind: 10.6 m/s
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Washington, DC Resources
Get There
What is the best way to get to Washington, DC?
Flying: Washington, D.C. is served by three major airports: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Dulles is the city’s primary international airport.
Train: Amtrak trains, including the popular Northeast Corridor line, stop at Union Station in D.C. Maryland Rail Commuter (MARC) runs between Union Station and Baltimore's Camden Station and Penn Station.
Car: Washington, D.C. is primarily served by I-95 from Baltimore or Richmond, circling the city by running along the eastern portion of the Beltway (I-495). Known as the Capital Beltway, this road is often the most practical way to travel between the surrounding suburbs, which means there’s usually rush hour congestion.
What is the best time to visit Washington, DC?
Since the summers in Washington, D.C. can be hot and muggy and the winters cold, the spring and fall seasons are considered the best times to visit the city. Plus, from April to mid-May, the area’s cherry blossoms bloom, making it a pretty and popular period in D.C., so prepare for the city to be crowded during this time. As you would expect, every major national holiday is a time to celebrate in D.C. For example, there’s the National Memorial Day Parade in May, the National Mall Fourth of July Celebration in July, and the National Christmas Tree Lighting in December. Other notable events include the Citi Open tennis tournament in late summer and Summerfest DC in June.
Get Around
Walking: Ranked one of the most walkable cities in the U.S., Washington, D.C. can be explored on foot, with most attractions, such as those along the National Mall, located near each other.
Transit: For most travelers, it’s easier to use public transportation than drive around D.C. Metrorail is composed of six color-coded rail lines that run primarily underground within the city and above ground in the surrounding suburbs. The visitor-friendly D.C. Circulator buses operate between main attractions and popular neighborhoods, while Metrobus operates routes throughout the D.C. metro area.
Taxi: Taxis are readily available throughout D.C. and can be hailed on the street. Ride-sharing services such as Uber, Lyft, and Via are also available.
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