Destination guide

Artsy Washington will entice you

Take a vacation to Washington and enjoy the area's museums, monuments and art galleries. Travelers to this walkable city praise the parks, theaters and entertainment. Ford's Theater and White House are just a couple of the must-sees. Whether you're planning a family vacation, friends trip or romantic retreat, HomeAway has a great selection of vacation homes. Many rentals come with a full kitchen and separate dining area, perfect if you need a space for entertaining.


Activities and attractions in Washington

Are you hoping to find top things to see and do while you're in the area? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Washington a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. These are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Smithsonian's National Zoo (2.1 mi / 3.4 km)
  • Six Flags America (13.5 mi / 21.7 km)
  • National Aquarium (0.7 mi / 1.2 km)
  • Francis Pool (1.7 mi / 2.7 km)
  • East Potomac Golf Course (1.9 mi / 3 km)
  • Volta Park (2.4 mi / 3.9 km)
Natural highlights

Exploring the natural landscape of Washington

Whether you're an adventurous traveler or just want to appreciate the scenery, Washington is a great place to get outside. These are some of the area's most stunning sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Great Falls Park (13.5 mi / 21.8 km)
  • Franklin Square (0.5 mi / 0.7 km)
  • Freedom Plaza (0.6 mi / 1 km)
  • Ellipse (0.7 mi / 1.2 km)
  • Lafayette Park (0.8 mi / 1.2 km)
  • Farragut Square (0.9 mi / 1.5 km)

Transportation 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 center. 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 traveling 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.

Where to stay around District of Columbia?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,957 holiday lettings near District of Columbia. From 626 Houses to 988 Condos/Apartments, find the best place to stay with your family and friends to discover District of Columbia area.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in District of Columbia?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in District of Columbia. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Connecticut Ave/ K Street: 247 holiday homes
  • Columbia Heights: 167 holiday homes
  • Eastern Market: 377 holiday homes
  • Georgetown: 1,069 holiday homes
  • Downtown: 1,011 holiday homes

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in District of Columbia! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in District of Columbia?

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

  • Woodley Park: 490 holiday lettings
  • Embassy Row: 1,657 holiday lettings
  • Silver Spring: 1,758 holiday lettings
  • Germantown: 118 holiday lettings
  • Odenton: 142 holiday lettings

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 District of Columbia?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in District of Columbia are:

  • College Park, MD (CGS): 1,983 self catering accommodations
  • Tipton Airport (FME): 1,893 self catering accommodations
  • Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI): 715 self catering accommodations

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

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in District of Columbia?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in District of Columbia. From HomeAway travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Eastern Market: 377 holiday rentals
  • Walter E. Washington Convention Center: 1,105 holiday rentals
  • Theodore Roosevelt Island Park: 2,022 holiday rentals
  • U.S. National Arboretum: 1,945 holiday rentals
  • Boy Scouts of America Memorial: 1,994 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around District of Columbia listed on HomeAway 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 accommodations.

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