Travel Planning
Washington D.C.
Travel Planning
Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. at a Glance

The District of Columbia is America's capital city and has enough hustle and bustle to keep you entertained for days. Everywhere you turn there is a picturesque view of a breathtaking national monument set against a backdrop of a beautifully manicured landscape.

Whether your family wants to soak in the history of the United States or revel in the dynamic cultural scene, this internationally mixed city has something for every taste. Stroll through the skyscraper-free streets that are dotted with the famed cherry blossoms and taste foods from around the world. Explore Smithsonian Museums, tour the U.S. Capitol buildings, walk on the National Mall or visit the National Geographic Society Museum. Art and culture lovers will love delving into D.C.'s unique theater scene, its indie music scene and its strong rhythm and blues tradition. 

What to Expect
High Season
March - June, September - November
Low Season
July - September, January - February
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
      • Major Airport Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
      • Major Airport Washington Dulles International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      All travelers to the United States are required to hold a valid passport; the passport should be valid for six months beyond your departure from the U.S. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of 37 participating countries to travel within the United States without a visa for 90 days; travelers must have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel, return travel tickets and a passport with a photo and an electronic chip. Visitors not eligible for VWP must apply for a non-immigrant visa. For more information, visit the U.S. State Department's travel website.

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Light Rail / Rapid Transit Washington Metro
      • Bus DC Circulator
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      5,524 miles
      Estimated Drive Time
      100 hour(s)
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Washington D.C. experiences extreme humidity and high temperatures during the summer months, which poses the largest threat to elderly and young. Winters are typically mild.

      Safety Concerns Because of the White House and other governmental entities located here, Washington D.C. is considered a highly secure yet high-threat area. Travelers visiting the White House, National Mall or other memorials in the White House vicinity should understand that suspicious activity is taken very seriously. While D.C. has a reputation for violent crime in some neighborhoods, tourists are more likely to be the victims of theft. As anywhere, it's important to protect yourself from theft no matter where you are in the city. 

      Health Concerns Health concerns are low in Washington D.C., as well as the rest of the United States. Drinking water supplies are safe and communicable diseases are generally limited to illnesses like cold and flu.