washCapital of the United States and possessing huge global significance for politics, history, culture, trade and natural beauty, Washington D.C. is a remarkable and amazing destination for visitors. The sheer diversity of things to see and do will mean that you’ll find it hard to fit everything into one trip, or if you’re a returning visitor, it’s guaranteed you’ll discover new and exciting things every time. The city is home to a number of diverse neighbourhoods, each with its own distinct feel and selection of shops, galleries, fine-dining, museums and historic homes. Washington D.C. as a whole feels different to most other large, American cities because there are no sky-scrapers or buildings built taller than the iconic Capitol building, and the green spaces and wide, tree-lined avenues create an open and spacious atmosphere, ideal for a laid-back vacation.

You cannot come to D.C. without visiting the many world-famous memorials, museums and monuments which all help to tell the tale of the country’s incredible history. Choose from the Capitol Building, the Lincoln Memorial, the impressive Washington Monument, the National Air and Space Museum, the International Spy Museum, and of course no trip is complete before you’ve visited the White House, home of the President and all his predecessors before him. You can take an insightful and informative tour of some of the most widely-recognised rooms, including the Gold and White East Room and the State dining room, for a closer look at the site where so many powerful and historical decisions have been made.

As well as paying homage to and celebrating the country’s history and heritage, Washington is also tapped firmly into contemporary and popular culture. The vibrant music scene and nightlife are renowned for the diversity according to the neighbourhood they’re found it and have successfully breathed new life into a city that could easily be left in the past. Head over to U-Street for a nightcap at one of the live Jazz cafés, or to Adams Morgan where there’s an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars, clubs, live music venues and theatres – the choice is all yours!

An astonishing percentage of Washington’s total area is parkland and the district is the proud home to the fourth-oldest national park in the country, Rock Creek Park. Within its expansive 1,700-acre grounds of dense forest all manner of flora and fauna reside, everything from raccoons and owls to deer and coyotes. Especially beautiful in the autumn months when the leaves start to change colour and the air is clean and crisp, the park is the ideal spot for walking, jogging, cycling and picnicking. More adventurous visitors will enjoy other recreational activities such as golf, horse-riding and tennis, while culture-lovers will appreciate the planetarium, nature centre and outdoor concert venue. There are also a huge number of other beautiful national parks worth visiting during your stay.

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