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Hoist the star-spangled banner in Washington DC

It's a fair bet that the capital of the world's dominant superpower is going to be something a bit special, and Washington, DC doesn't disappoint. The sheer scale of the place is on a whole different level, with vast parks, scores of world-class museums and institutions, and the biggest concentration of iconic buildings and monuments anywhere in the United States. Like everything else, the cultural and sporting life is unrivalled, and pretty much the only downside of the place is that with Washington, DC vacation rentals, there's so much to do that you'll never get round it all in 1 trip.

Things to do

Give yourself the presidential treatment in DC

The main trouble with Washington, DC vacation rentals is just knowing where to start. Fortunately, you have your answer in the form of the National Mall. This vast park in Downtown DC is a hub for many of the main attractions, including such iconic sights as the Jefferson Memorial, the White House, the United States Capitol and the soaring obelisk of the Washington Monument. The National Mall's also home to 11 branches of the Smithsonian Institution – the big daddy of the US museum scene – with museums covering everything from national and natural history to Native American culture and space exploration.

Activities

Oh say can you see... the sights of Washington DC?

The concentration of spectacular buildings and monuments in this national powerhouse means Washington, DC vacation rentals are all about the sightseeing, and your main decision is how you're going to go about it. Biking and walking tours are popular, but you can also do hop-on hop-off bus tours, or even trundle around on a Segway. And that's before we get onto the endless entertainments on offer. Whether you're into theatre, live music or sporting events, if you want it, DC's got it. There's also a wide programme of events and festivals, of which the most famous is the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Weather

Whatever the season, Washington's got the wardrobe

It's only fitting that a place as beautiful and distinguished as Washington, DC has an outfit for every season. Springtime round here is all about the cherry blossom, and there's even an annual festival to commemorate this unique element of the city. Come summer, days are long and lazy, with hot temperatures and fairly high humidity that sees locals and visitors alike flocking to the city parks. Those same parks look at their best in full autumn colour, before winter finally arrives. Winters here are cold, with a decent amount of snow, but Washington DC looks great in her ermine coat.

Natural highlights

If it was good enough for Teddy Roosevelt...

Set on the border between Maryland and Virginia, Washington, DC's a planned city, which might account for her good looks and the unusual amount of greenery. In fact, nearly 20% of the city is parkland. Apart from the National Mall, one of the best-known natural areas is Rock Creek Park, a 1,700-acre forest that's home to all kinds of wildlife. Of course, the most famous natural feature of DC is the Potomac River. If you happen to be in DC in winter, consider that America's famously macho president, Theodore Roosevelt, used to swim naked in its waters, regardless of the season.

How to get there

Transport to and around Washington

Fly into Washington, DC (DCA-Ronald Reagan Washington National), the closest airport, located 3.8 mi (6.2 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to College Park, MD (CGS), which is 7.5 mi (12.1 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, you can make your way to Washington Union Station. It's easy to get around Washington by catching a ride on the metro at 7th St. Convention Center Station, Gallery Place Chinatown Station or Center Station.

How many holiday accommodation are available around Washington DC?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,925 holiday rentals around Washington DC. From 1,055 flats & apartments to 9 resorts, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Washington DC is on Stayz.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Washington DC?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Washington DC. From Stayz travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Dupont Circle: 658 holiday rentals
  • Shaw: 1,116 holiday rentals
  • Petworth: 300 holiday rentals
  • Le Droit Park: 225 holiday rentals
  • Connecticut Ave/ K Street: 284 holiday rentals

Stayz offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Washington DC! Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Washington DC?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Washington DC with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a perfect city break:

  • Bethesda: 1,806 holiday homes
  • Fort Washington: 1,862 holiday homes
  • Baltimore: 222 holiday homes
  • Embassy Row: 1,758 holiday homes
  • Silver Spring: 1,751 holiday homes

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Washington DC?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of holiday homes near to airports. Airports with a large selection of rentals in Washington DC are:

  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA): 1,943 holiday houses
  • Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI): 478 holiday houses
  • College Park, MD (CGS): 1,965 holiday houses

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Washington DC?

Stayz offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places to visit in Washington DC. From Stayz travellers, the more popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • United States Capitol: 2,010 holiday rentals
  • Mary McLeod Bethune Council House: 2,028 holiday rentals
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: 2,018 holiday rentals
  • Lansburgh Theatre: 2,016 holiday rentals
  • Flashpoint Gallery: 2,018 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Washington DC listed on Stayz where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday homes.

Explore destinations around Washington DC

Bethesda
1,806 holiday rentals
Fort Washington
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Baltimore
222 holiday rentals
Embassy Row
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Silver Spring
1,751 holiday rentals
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Arlington
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Sterling
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48 holiday rentals
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Hughesville
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Clinton
740 holiday rentals
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96 holiday rentals
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128 holiday rentals