About Washington D.C.

The capital of the United States, defined by its massive persona and a colossal global approach, the Washington DC lies on the North bank of the Potomac River. Named after the first president of the United States, George Washington, the city serves a perfect platter of natural beauty blended with historically renowned structures. Spot the Capitol, the White House and the Supreme Court which house the three branches of the US government. The National Air and Space Museum flaunts the technical brilliance of the state. Museums, memorials, monuments or malls, with mostly free entry, leisure and fun are unlimited to explore. A city that doesn't give you even a second to think about what to do next. The air of Washington radiates the aura of power and politics. Here one can learn about the challenging political upheavals occurred in the past by studying the various monuments spread all over the city. The accommodation of many past presidents has now become famous public tourist sights. A blend of history with the Cosmopolitan Site is extremely interesting to see. Home to more than nine acclaimed universities, Washington DC marks its name globally in the field of education. No doubt the flamboyance, personage, and splendor of the city are magnetic enough to keep you spellbound any day.

Public Transport System

The most popular mode of travel is the Metro Rail or Metro Bus paid with SmarTrip card. A Godsend for tourists is the $1 per ride DC Circulator bus. Walking and biking are more independent ways of discovering this city, thanks to the walking tour services, the bike hire services and the proximity of sights. Uber & Lyft ride-hailing services, rented taxis, and rented cars are also available.

Cleanliness and Efficiency

Medium

Mode & Cost of Transports

Metrorail $2.25 - $6 (Peak time fares) and  $1.85-3.85 price range (non-peak hours).

Metro bus $2 for regular routes and  $4.25 for express routes.

$8/day pass to rent a cycle on Capital Bikeshare.

The rates for all the transport connections are the same for all age groups.

Basic Items & Cost

Name Price
Water Bottle USD 2.00
Cup of Coffee USD 4.00
Milk Carton Pack USD 1.00
Rice/Kg USD 4.00
White Bread USD 3.00
Eggs (12) USD 3.00
Combo Meal USD 8.00
Fine Dining USD 75.00
Bottle of Coke or Pepsi USD 2.00
Domestic Beer USD 3.00
Imported Beer USD 5.00
Bottle of Wine USD 15.00
Cigarettes (20 Pack) USD 8.00
Taxi ( 1 km ) USD 1.00
Ticket in local transport (Single way). USD 3.00
Rent ( One Bed Room) USD 2235.00

Do’s

  • Do try the food sold by the Food Trucks.
  • Do use the Metro to travel, preferably with a Day Pass. 
  • Please reserve tickets to visit The White House. 
  • Do try the Couch surfing.
  • Do try the famous capital bike share bikes.
  • Do use the DC metro transit app to help you in easy commuting.

Don’ts

  • Don’t even try to visit all the museums in the city, they are 225, pick and choose and visit.
  • Don’t line up in long queues anywhere - there is enough to see without wasting time in queues. 
  • Don’t eat or drink in the Metro or on buses, even milk bottles and diabetic snacks are banned.
  • Don’t forgo an opportunity to get a private tour of the Pentagon.
  • Book your hotels well in advance.
  • Don’t plan to drive in the city as traffic is difficult and so is finding a parking space.

Night Life

Reliving the era of olden days with the impressive monuments and well-conserved museums in the day time, the sunset too promises equal expanse of a good time. From a plethora of night clubs, bars restaurants, gay bars, sports venues, and theatres one needs to dedicate days in order to enjoy at least a few from the listed lot. The Memorials can be visited at night, the beautiful lights add to the grace and charm of the place. A night tour, like that of the National Mall tour or the Lincoln Assassination Tour, is impressive as they unfold many stories of mystery and suspense. The sunset parade at Iwo Jima is a one-to-one encounter with the charisma of nature. Watching movies under the stars in the breezy and beautiful weather can definitely be a new experience in itself. The Kennedy Center is the official home to the Opera in the town, and if you haven't seen the Opera even once in life, then you truly are missing out on a surreal experience! Adams Morgan club plays some sweet music and is a very popular destination for youngsters. DuPont Circle has over 30 board games that you can play while enjoying your drinks. The street corridors have some of the best jazz bands in a town like Ben's Chilli Bowl and Twin Jazz. With Washington DC in the talking, it's a platter of endless choices that may quench your hunger but not the desires.

Must See

  • United Nations Holocaust Memorial
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • National Gallery of Art
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • National Museum of Natural History
  • The White House - The President's House
  • The Capitol
  • National Mall

Experiences

  • Tour The National Mall
  • Explore the Smithsonian Museums
  • Tour the Capitol Hill
  • Explore the Congress Library
  • Witness the changing of the Guard at the National Cemetery
  • Visit the National Archives
  • Tour the White House
  • Visit Fords Theatre
  • Explore historic Georgetown
  • Tour the Pentagon
  • Take paddle boats out of The Tidal Basin
  • Watch money being made at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Activities

East Potomac Driving Range
Golf
East Potomac Golf Course, 972 Ohio Drive, SW, Washington, DC 20024
Distance From City Center
2.4 miles
The National Zoological Park
Zoo
3001, Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC 20008, USA
Distance From City Center
2.6 miles
Sandy Point State Park
Beach
1100 E College Pkwy, Annapolis, MD 21409, USA
Distance From City Center
40 miles
Botanic Garden
Desert
100 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
Distance From City Center
1.2 Miles
Langston Golf Course & Driving Range
Golf
Langston Golf Course, 2600 Benning Road, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Distance From City Center
7.7 miles
Liberty Mountain Resort
Ski
78 Country Club Trail, Fairfield, PA 17320, USA
Distance From City Center
80 miles
Rock Creek Park Golf Course
Golf
6100 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20011, USA
Distance From City Center
5.1 Miles
Whitetail Resort
Ski
13805 Blairs Valley Rd, Mercersburg, PA 17236, USA
Distance From City Center
90 miles
MGM Grand
Casino
101 MGM National Ave, Oxon Hill, MD 20745, USA
Distance From City Center
10.3 miles

Shopping

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  • You can pick up the usual fridge magnets, snow globes, keychains, White House shot glasses
  • Or make it a point to pick up FBI T-shirts
  • Sportswear with logos of local soccer, baseball, basketball or hockey teams of your favorite teams
  • If you want something unique, try the White House Christmas Ornaments or Bureau of Engraving & Printing currency items
  • For DC originals, look out for Mumbo sauce or Green Hat Gin
  • White House Christmas Ornament
  • Blue Canton China
  • Hope Diamond Necklace
  • Supreme Court Cufflinks
  • Virginia Peanuts
  • LEGO white house building set
  • Lantern from Mount Vermont
  • Dominion Brew

Official Language

English

Other Language

Spanish, French

Spoken Language

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Currency

US Dollar (USD)

Population

7.02 (Millions)

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Weather

Broken Clouds 26.26°C

TimeZone

17:25 PM (GMT -04:00)

 

Ambulance

911

 

Police

911

 

Electric socket

Type A
Type A (120 V 60 Hz.)
Type B
Type B (120 V 60 Hz.)

Airport Name / IATA Code

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport - DCA

Airport Name / IATA Code

IAD - Washington Dallas International Airport

Best time to visit

September, October, and November: When the changing colors of Autumn and foliage are a feast for the eyes. March, April, and May: When cherry blossoms bloom.

Moderate time to visit

June, July, and August: Spring sees temperatures averaging 55.7 degrees Fahrenheit but evenings can get chilly.

Worst time to visit

December, January, and February: Spring sees temperatures averaging 55.7 degrees Fahrenheit and evenings can get chilly.

Taxi

Start Tariff: USD 3.50

1 Km. Tariff: USD 1.45

1 Hour Waiting Tariff: USD 25.00

Available service

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