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History and culture near Washington, DC holiday homes to rent

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

Attractions near Washington, DC holiday homes

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

Things to do near Washington, DC holiday rentals

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

Local weather for your stay in Washington, DC holiday homes

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.

Family friendly

Family fun near Washington, D.C. holiday rentals

Kids will love the attractions in Washington, D.C. Holiday rentals put you within reach of places like Smithsonian National Zoological Park, a renowned zoo with thousands of animals, and the International Spy Museum, an interactive museum on the history of espionage with hundreds of devices and gadgets. You’ll also like Rock Creek Park, an urban oasis with hiking trails, tennis, golf and ranger-led wildlife programs.

Good for couples

Couple's retreat near Washington, D.C. holiday homes

Washington, D.C. has an array of beautiful locations to enjoy on a couple’s retreat. Holiday homes are available near places like the National Gallery of Art, a permanent collection of American and European works and a sculpture garden, and Washington Union Station, a train station and transportation hub with shopping, historic sites and spectacular architecture. You’ll also like Newseum, a high-tech museum with journalism history and interactive exhibits.

Where to stay near Washington DC?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,068 holiday rentals near Washington DC. From 656 Houses to 1,058 Condos/Apartments, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Washington DC is on HomeAway.

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 HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Dupont Circle: 598 holiday rentals
  • Petworth: 327 holiday rentals
  • Shaw: 1,135 holiday rentals
  • Le Droit Park: 266 holiday rentals
  • Columbia Heights: 175 holiday rentals

HomeAway 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:

  • Embassy Row: 1,763 holiday homes
  • Glenelg: 28 holiday homes
  • Arlington: 1,937 holiday homes
  • Silver Spring: 1,855 holiday homes
  • Fort Washington: 1,943 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): 2,026 holiday houses
  • Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI): 726 holiday houses
  • Tipton Airport (FME): 1,915 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?

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

  • United States Capitol: 2,054 holiday rentals
  • Franciscan Monastery: 2,042 holiday rentals
  • Mary McLeod Bethune Council House: 2,073 holiday rentals
  • Flashpoint Gallery: 2,070 holiday rentals
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: 2,068 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Washington DC 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 homes.

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