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Washington panoramic photo

The name of the capital of the United States is associated with the name of the first president of the United States, George Washington, who founded the city in 1791. The symbol of the capital is, of course, the White House, the only residence of the president in the world, open to the public. If you do not plan to stay in Washington for a long time and want to see other cities, we advise you to rent a car - it is much more profitable, more comfortable and faster than traveling by public transport.

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Car Hire at Washington Airport

Dulles International Airport ( Dulles Airport then ) - download scheme

IATA code: IAD
Location: 42 km from Washington
Official website: www.flydulles.com
Information: +703 572 27 00

Car rental services at Washington Airport are provided by rental companies such as Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty. Rental desks are located in a special area, which can be reached by minibus from the main terminal. There are several short and long-term parking lots at the airport, which can be paid in cash or with a plastic card.

What to see in Washington: interesting sights of the city

Lincoln Memorial

2 Lincoln Memorial Cir

Lincoln Memorial photo

One of the most visited places in the USA, symbolizing the equality and freedom of people. The memorial is a building with 36 columns, each of which designates a state that joined at the time of the death of Abraham Lincoln. In the center is the famous statue of the president with a height of almost 6 meters and a weight of about 175 tons. Two massive stone slabs are located in the memorial building: one of them has Lincoln’s inaugural speech and the legendary words at the opening of the National Soldier’s Cemetery in Gettysburg.

Washington cathedral

3101 Wisconsin Avenue

Washington Cathedral photo

Not knowing the history of the emergence of the Washington Cathedral, one would think that it was founded in the distant Middle Ages. But this is far from the case: the cathedral was founded in 1907 and is the second in the United States. The temple was built in the Neo-Gothic style and in its decor has many details that were removed from memorial places from around the world. For example, the pulpit is made of stones of the Canterbury Cathedral (Great Britain), and the altar is made of sandstone from the Solomon quarries, located near Jerusalem. Take a look at the floor in front of the altar: it is decorated with ten stones from the chapel of Moses on Mount Sinai, referring to the Ten Commandments. After visiting the cathedral, take a walk in the neighboring garden, which is one of the most romantic places in the city. Pergolas entwined with ivy, a rose garden, a collection of medicinal plants,

Library of Congress

101 Independence Avenue www.loc.gov

Library of Congress photo

The largest library in the world, with more than 155 million books, maps, photographs, documents and valuable manuscripts. The library was founded in 1800 by President John Adams, who signed a special decree establishing that only the president, vice president, members of the US Senate and Congress had access to the book depository - hence the name “Library of Congress”. The library survived two devastating fires that destroyed most of the fund. It was restored in the 1850s; in the same years, ministers, members of the Supreme Court, members of several political parties, writers, scientists and journalists gained access to the vaults. The Library of Congress is open to the public, no need to buy a ticket. Please note that photography is not allowed in the main reading room.

Museum of Journalism and News

555 Pennsylvania Avenue www.newseum.org

Museum of Journalism and News Photo

Museum dedicated to the history of world journalism. In the halls of the museum you can follow the chronology of the development of the print press, radio, television and the Internet, as well as see photos of great photojournalists. One of the most interesting exhibits is open in the gallery of international news: here you can learn about the features of freedom of the press in each country and find out where the rights of journalists are best respected. The plus of the museum is its interactivity. Visitors have a chance to try themselves in the role of a reporter, photographer or news editor - so if you are looking for a fun museum where you can spend several free hours, then you are here.

National Gallery of Art

Between 3rd and 9th streets along Constitution Avenue www.nga.gov

National Gallery of Art Photo

The National Gallery of Art in Washington is one of the top 10 most visited art museums in the world. In the halls of the museum you will find the works of such eminent masters as Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Monet, Van Gogh, Matisse, Pollock, Miro, Picasso, Warhol and others. The gallery is located in two buildings - east and west - connected by an underpass. The area of ​​art space is huge, so the best option is either to choose one gallery building and slowly walk around it, or to select 2-3 days for an excursion and view all the halls.

Near Washington: Best Car Routes


Annapolis photo

Having rented a car, go to the ancient city of Annapolis, which at the end of the 19th century, although not for long (only one year), was the capital of the United States. In Annapolis, the architecture and atmosphere of the colonial settlement are perfectly preserved. Two-story brick houses, multi-colored shutters, many flower beds and trees - the neat and miniature Annapolis looks like a toy city, where each lane evokes emotion and a smile. A walk along the promenade, which in the evening turns into the main place in the city, will add even more delight to you. Here you can have a delicious dinner, drink wine at the bar, or simply relax on the bench and enjoy yachts and boats.


Baltimore photo

About an hour away by rented car - and you will find yourself in the port city of Baltimore, one of the largest on the Atlantic coast of the United States. Among Baltimore's sights, we advise you to look at the Constellation ship, which is associated with an important event for the city: on this ship, President George Washington declared Baltimore a state port. It is also worth walking along the first street of the city - Shakespeare Street and stopping at the first ice cream factory in America, where you can try the original varieties of this dessert. Near Baltimore is Fort McHenry, which played a key role in the war of 1802. It was here that the American naval and ground forces repelled the British offensive, planning to capture Baltimore. Now the fort is turned into a national park, where historical reconstructions, excursions and exhibitions are held,


Williamsburg photo

In Virginia, you will find an absolutely unique place, more reminiscent of the scenery for the film or performance. The city of Williamsbrug is an example of what a typical colonial city looked like in the 18th century. Ladies in long lace dresses walk around the streets and coquettishly straighten their hats, meeting handsome men in uniform and with a saber. Almost every house is a small museum, where the life of the Americans of that time is recreated in every detail. Tourists can rent a costume or crew and become a full-fledged participant in this impromptu historical performance. The fastest way to get to Williamsburg is by rental car, which can be left at one of the local parking lots.

Food: atmospheric restaurants, cafes and bars

Blue duck tavern

24 & M Streets, Northwest www.hyatt.com/corporate/restaurants/blue-duck-tavern/en/blue-duck-tavern-home.html

Blue Duck Tavern photo

If you are looking for a breakfast restaurant, take a look at Blue Duck Tavern, where in good weather there is a cozy veranda with wicker chairs and thick trees that create a sense of privacy and isolation from city noise. The omelet with crabs and avocados is excellent; it’s worth it to come from the other end of Washington. Visitors also praise desserts that deserve a separate visit.

Ted´s Bulletin

1818 14th Street and 505 8th Street www.tedsbulletin.com

Ted's Bulletin photo

You need to come to Ted´s Bulletin for milkshakes - signature drinks of classic American eateries. Cocktails are served in tall glass goblets, a mandatory attribute is a cap of whipped cream with a pattern of sweet syrup. For those who are very hungry, Ted´s Bulletin will prepare a sandwich, burger, salad, pasta, meat or fish on the grill - all in large portions and with various additions in the form of sauces, french fries, toasted bread and fresh vegetables.

Busboys and poets

2021 14th Street, 1025 5th Street and 625 Monroe Street www.busboysandpoets.com

Busboys and Poets photo

This place is unlikely to be suitable for a solid lunch, but it will be just right for breakfast or a light snack. The institution resembles a real art club and a meeting place for creative people. On the walls hang posters, newspaper clippings, in some places there are quotes from books that can be studied while the waiter carries the order. The cafe is combined with a bookstore, where you can find both modern authors and classics. Busboys and Poets regularly holds lectures and various creative meetings, so there is a chance that during lunch we can listen, for example, to a lecture on American poetry.

Bar dupont

1500 New Hampshire Avenue www.doylecollection.com/hotels/the-dupont-circle-hotel/dining

Bar Dupont Photo

Bar Dupont is the perfect place for an evening cocktail. The best places at the large panoramic window overlooking the park. In addition to a large bar chart (more than 50 positions), Dupont offers good snacks, salads and meat dishes, as well as desserts (we recommend trying apple pie).

City tap house

9th Street www.dc.citytap.com

City Tap House photo

The institution is famous for its large selection of beer, which is distinguished by a special rich taste. The food is quite simple (sandwiches, burgers, salads), but tasty and quality cooked. City Tap House is popular among locals, so we recommend you book a table and pre-tune in a noisy atmosphere.

Where to live: cozy Washington hotels

The liaison capitol hill

415 New Jersey Avenue Northwest
+202 638 1616 www.jdvhotels.com double room - from € 257

The Liaison Capitol Hill photo

Four star hotel just a kilometer from the Capitol. The elegant rooms are minimalist in dark brown. From late May to early September, The Liaison Capitol Hill has a rooftop pool and lounge area. If you are traveling in a rented car, then you can leave it in a paid parking lot at the hotel.

Kimpton Rouge Hotel

1315 Sixteenth Street
+202 232 8000 www.rougehotel.com double room - from € 197

Kimpton Rouge Hotel photo

Three star hotel near the White House. Spacious rooms in red and white, feature rooms in large panoramic windows overlooking a pretty residential area of ​​Washington. It offers guests a fitness center, a zone for business meetings and conferences, as well as such a nice detail as a reception with a fresh press.

The capital hilton

1001 16th Street
+202 393 1000 www3.hilton.com/ double room - from € 184

The Capital Hilton Photo

A four-star hotel in central Washington, which boasts such distinguished guests as, for example, Harry Truman and Ronald Reagan. The White House is only 5 minutes walk. The Capital Hilton offers comfortable rooms in beige tones. Fitness and spa facilities are available at an additional cost. Plus, the hotel has its own parking lot, where you can park your rental car.

Hotel lombardy

2019 Pennsylvania Avenue
+202 828 2600 www.hotellombardy.com double room - from € 153

Hotel Lombardy photo

The boutique hotel is a short drive from the Lincoln Memorial. Classic rooms, stylized at the beginning of the XX century. Hotel guests can use the gym and the small fitness center. At Lombardy, the Venetian Room Bar is open, where you should drop by a glass of wine or something stronger in the evening. For guests using the car rental service, paid parking is available.

Days Inn Washington DC

4400 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
+202 244 5600 www.daysinn.com double room - from € 113

Days Inn Washington DC photo

Small hotel next to the Smithsonian Zoo. Spacious, bright rooms with a classic selection of amenities. The hotel has a tour desk where you can get all the information you need about Washington's attractions and book a guided tour. Close to the Days Inn there is an inexpensive public car park, which will be very useful for tourists with a rented car.

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