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Flights to Washington DC let you delve into one of America’s most important historic destinations – but don’t bypass the hip areas.

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Flights to Washington DC deliver you to the seat of the US government. The president calls the shots from the White House, while Congress works just around the corner and the Supreme Court just a few blocks further way.

And then there are the monuments. Who could fail to be inspired by the Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial or the Arlington National Cemetery? Close to the cemetery you’ll find the Iwo Jima Memorial (also known as the Marine Corps War Memorial), a bronze sculpture that is one of the most memorable landmarks in the city.

In the past, Washington DC had a reputation for being conservative, but that has changed in recent decades, thanks to an influx of young professionals and an ever-more-exciting downtown, with cool areas to explore such as Chinatown. Although power brokers remain, filling many of the luxury hotels and fine dining spots, DC’s youthful energy has strongly injected itself into the city, forming an undercurrent of hip restaurants, trendy hotels and hidden lounges.

But above all, it’s the historical institutions that draw visitors to Washington time and time again. It's impossible not to be affected by the exhibitions on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History or the National Archives – visit the latter to see the Declaration of Independence.

Then there’s the ever-impressive Washington Monument, as well as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where visitors still leave tributes on an almost daily basis. You could spend a week in Washington and not begin to cover everything – and that's a good thing.

Visit the National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery tells the story of America through the medium of portraiture. You'll find portraits of every single American president – the only such collection outside of the White House – along with images of the country's most important pioneers, judges, civil rights advocates, and more.

8th and F Streets NW
+1 202 633 8300

Visit the National Museum of Women in the Arts

This art museum is notable for being the only one in the world that focuses solely on women. It has a collection of more than 3,000 works by artists including Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo, and Alma Thomas. You’ll find modern works as well as classics dating back as far as the16th century, creating an impressive history.

1250 New York Avenue NW
+1 202 783 5000

See the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

This memorial is Maya Lin's stunning ode to the more than 58,000 men and women who lost their lives during the conflict in Vietnam. It's at the west end of the Mall, just across the Reflecting Pool from the Korean War Veterans Memorial.

5 Henry Bacon Drive NW
+1 202 426 6841

Hike the Great Falls Park

As the Potomac River makes its way through the narrow Mather Gorge, it produces some beautiful whitewater and waterfalls. There's hiking, rafting, and more at this 800-acre park that's just 15 miles from the city. It’s an excellent place to get closer to nature.

9200 Old Dominion Drive
+1 703 285 2965

Check out the Newseum

This should be the first stop for anyone interested in how the news gets made, or how journalism functions. Newseum is part museum, part interactive playground. You'll come out smarter for the effort, but also having had a great time.

555 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
+1 202 292 6100

Admire the Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Maybe the single best museum in the entire country, the Smithsonian has more than three million artefacts that show how America became the country it is today. It's right on the National Mall, an easy walk from the Lincoln Memorial and the White House.

14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
+1 202 633 1000

The Red Hen (Italian)

This Italian-influenced venue has a wood-fired grill and a large painting of a rooster. Most of the city's best restaurants are clustered to the east and south, but The Red Hen stands alone in historic Bloomingdale for a reason: it's just that good.

1822 1st Street NW
+1 202 525 3021

The Partisan (American)

Stop here for a quick bite between sightseeing on the National Mall. The Partisan focuses on cured meats, making it an excellent spot to share more than 30 types of charcuterie.

709 D Street NW
+1 202 524 5322

Restaurant Nora (Modern American)

This homey spot with rugs on the walls and authentic organic food on the menu is located near Dupont Circle, just two kilometres from the National Mall. Founder Nora Pouillon, born in Vienna, is one of the leaders in environmentally conscious cuisine and the food at her shop reflects her exquisite taste.

2132 Florida Avenue NW
+1 202 462 5143

Iron Gate (European)

Just north of downtown in Dupont Circle sits this spot dreamed up by Anthony Chittum. While its name might suggest a power spot, Iron Gate leans towards romance with its fine Italian and Greek fare.

1734 N Street NW
+1 202 524 5202

Founding Farmers (Organic)

With a name like that, you know you're in for a good time. The farm-to-table restaurant shakes off the quiet of the surrounding area, playfully entertaining its guests with fun decor and food that tastes fresh off the farm.

1924 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
+1 202 822 8783

Compass Rose (International)

One of the best things about D.C. is its diversity of cultures, and Compass Rose brings many culinary traditions together in one place. Its focus on international street food makes the menu as eclectic as the Columbia Height location.

1346 T Street NW
+1 202 506 4765

The Jefferson

The Jefferson is less than a mile away from the White House, but even the United States president might be jealous of your stay. The 95-room five-star boutique hotel is well worth the price, both for its extravagant luxury and its prime location.

1200 16th Street NW
+1 202 448 2300

The Hay-Adams

Beautiful and regal, just not as much as its near neighbour the White House, this luxury spot on the northern side of Lafayette Square is elegant with Old World charm. You might see the city’s power players in the dining area on the way to your room.

800 16th Street NW
+1 202 638 6600

International House of Washington

With so much to see and do in the city, sometimes you’ll just want an easy and affordable place to rest your head and store your bags; step forward International House of Washington in Chinatown. The price is right at this laidback hostel, which welcomes international students and travellers from all over the world.

1110 6th Street NW
+1 202 650 9173

Hotel Monaco

The Hotel Monaco is a few blocks north of the National Mall on the edge of Chinatown, meaning it provides easy access to some of Washington D.C.’s best attractions. The rooms at the boutique hotel seamlessly blend history and luxury, while an eclectic colour scheme and décor in the communal areas make it a fun place to hang out.

700 F Street NW
DC 20004
+1 202 628 7177

Hotel Madera

Located in Dupont Circle just a dozen blocks from the National Mall and within easy walking distance of many attractions, Hotel Madera is a boutique establishment that offers comfortable, affordable rooms with modern flair. You can also enjoy in-room spa services after a heavy day of sightseeing.

1310 New Hampshire Avenue NW
+1 202 296 7600

Four Seasons Hotel Washington D.C.

The resplendent rooms in the Four Seasons aren't cheap, but that's not the point. You're going to the Four Seasons for luxury, and luxury is what you will get.

2800 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
+1 202 342 0444

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