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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

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)
Transport

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 Washington DC?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,694 holiday lettings near Washington DC. From 570 Houses to 851 Condos/Apartments, find the best place to stay with your family and friends to discover Washington DC area.