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Washington DC: A mini travel guide

By Caroline Beckett

Senior Product Manager

Posted: 01 April 2015

Which season is best for a visit?
Springtime, and in particular the end of March, is when the city hosts its annual Cherry Blossom Festival. With temperatures being warm, it’s a very pleasant time to visit and see all the trees in full bloom. Summer can be quite hot and sticky, but with a lot of attractions outside, as well lots of outdoor bars and restaurant areas, it just depends on how much you like being in the sun! In the autumn, or ‘the fall’, the temperatures drop a little and the city is generally quieter. It’s a beautiful time as the leaves begin to change colour into gorgeous shades of red and orange. In winter, it can get very cold and snow can be expected, but it’s the perfect time to take to the ice-rink in the Washington Harbour area.

Where to stay?
Georgetown is definitely the best place for tourists to stay. Our featured hotel in this Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown  district is and you can easily walk out to restaurants, bars and a good selection of shops from here.

Where to eat?
Washington Harbour in Georgetown is a great area to dine out and our personal favourites include Farmers, Fishers, Bakers restaurant which has a great atmosphere and only features local produce. I also loved the cupcakes at Baked & Wired which is a student-style cafe and the seafood options in the area are excellent, with crab cakes being a particular menu highlight. 14th Street is also an excellent place to head to for an evening of dining and a few drinks.

What to see?
Washington DC has a wealth of iconic, historic monuments and buildings. Of course, The White House is a ‘must see’, but it was actually a little smaller than how I imagined it, although I was still very impressed. For sensational views of the city, walk or catch the lift to the top of Washington Monument, you won’t be disappointed. There are nine Smithsonian Museums – all with free entry – with something to suit everyone from the Air & Space Museum to the Natural History Museum. Other museums in the city include the Holocaust Museum, which is also free to enter, the Crime Museum, the Spy Museum and the Newseum.

How to get around?
Washington itself is a pretty small city and it doesn’t take too long to get around. There are various options including the Metro system that will take you to most of the key destinations. If you’re doing the monuments circuit, you can take one of the open top city bus tours, day, or night when these masterpieces can be seen in illuminated glory. Or, bike, Segway or walk your way around − although the latter would be quite a bit of walking.

About Caroline

Caroline joined Elegant Resorts in 2008, before which she had clocked up over eight years working in luxury travel. During her time here she has been the Senior Product Manager for the Caribbean, Cruise and Ski and currently manages our Caribbean, Canada, North, Central & South America portfolios. She has a passion for the great outdoors and exploring all that her destinations have to offer.

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