The nation’s capital is a great place to visit. There’s something of interest for everyone, and it’s a great place for the family to explore together. DCVisitor’s goal is to make Washington DC trip planning easier. We hope the information we’ve provided here is helpful as you plan your trip to DC. Have a great trip!
Hotels: If you need a place to stay, we have mapped the locations of hotels in and around Washington DC. Those traveling on budget might want to consider staying in a hotel located outside the city but close to a Metro station for easy access to attractions.
Getting Around: Although most of DC’s attractions are located in one area, that area is pretty big. You’ll want to plan on doing some walking (one of the most important things to pack for a trip to Washington DC is a good pair of walking shoes). However, if you plan out what you want to see in advance, you can limit how much traveling you have to do on foot. Plan on making use of the Metro rail service. Metro stations are located throughout the city and extend into the surrounding areas of Maryland and Virginia.
Saving Money: Any vacation can be expensive, but with a little pre-planning, you can see Washington DC on a budget. Most of the museums are free, as are the monuments and tours of many federal buildings. See our list of free things to do. And you can get around on the Metro subway system for not very much money. Also, be sure to visit our deals section for money-saving offers.
Entertainment: To add a little something extra to your trip, consider taking in a concert or theater performance at one of the area’s entertainment venues, or see one of Washington DC’s professional sports teams compete. We often have discounts for concerts and theater performances featured on our “deals and discounts” page.
Holidays and Special Events: Holiday travel to DC can be a memorable experience, but it requires a little extra planning. Holidays such as the Fourth of July and events like the Cherry Blossom Festival draw large crowds. You’ll need to make your reservations well in advance. More information on holidays and special events.
Navigating Our Site: We’ve mapped out the locations of things to see and do, as well as the location of hotels and Metro stations. The best place to start your explorations is with the map here on our front page. You can search for things by keyword or filter mapped items by location or category. Use the slider on the left side of the map to zoom in for more detail. Circles with numbers indicate areas where there are too many items to view at the current zoom level. Clicking on a number will zoom the map to show more detail.