What To See When You Travel To Washington DC

By Chris Linch

Nowhere else in the United States is American history so easy to experience as in Washington D.C. For example, just a short walk from the Washington Monument, you can visit (and stay in!) the same hotel that Martin Luther King Jr. did before giving his "I Have a Dream" speech shortly before the March on Washington in 1963.

Each hotel you can choose from has a special opportunity that comes along with it. For example, the Willard Intercontinental of the Hay-Adams offers clear, beautiful views of the White House. The Downtown and Capitol Hill hotels, on the other hand, are just a short walk from the National Mall. Each of these hotels are booked by world leaders and diplomats during their visits to the U.S., and are also just a short distance from the Smithsonian, the Washington Monument, the Library of Congress, and many other monuments, museums, and attractions.

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel specifically is near the Jefferson Memorial, though a bit farther from downtown. On the other hand, you can stay close to the night life by booking a room in any of the hotels in Dupont Circle.

These beautiful hotels are certainly one of a kind, but there are also budget-friendly options all over the city. You can find some of the most economical hotels and motels in the Washington D.C. on Connecticut Avenue, which is near the zoo and the National Cathedral. These accommodations are also very close to shopping and dining.

While many hotels in the downtown area are a bit more expensive, it's a good idea to consider how much driving you'll need to do from a hotel outside the downtown area. Although less expensive to reserve, you'll need to drive from these hotels and park, which can be expensive. Think carefully first about the sites you want to see the most, and find a hotel near those places, so that parking fees are less of a worry.

To save money on your trip to Washington D.C., keep an eye out for package deals and online discounts to help reduce the price of your hotel. Although in many locations you can save quite a bit of money by traveling in the off-season, D.C. doesn't have a regular off-season, and hotel prices are the same all year. Do bear in mind, however, that as with most destinations, summer is somewhat busier. - 30230

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