Destination guide

Arty Washington will entice you

Take a holiday to Washington and enjoy the area's museums, monuments and art galleries. Travellers to this walkable city praise the parks, theatres and entertainment. Ford's Theater and White House are just a couple of the must-see attractions. Whether you're planning a family holiday, a trip with friends or a romantic retreat, HomeAway has a great selection of holiday homes. Many rentals come with a full kitchen and separate dining area, perfect if you need a space for entertaining.


Activities and attractions in Washington

Are you hoping to find top things to see and do while you're in the area? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and experience everything that makes Washington a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. These are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Smithsonian's National Zoo (2.1 mi / 3.4 km)
  • Six Flags America (13.5 mi / 21.7 km)
  • National Aquarium (0.7 mi / 1.2 km)
  • Francis Pool (1.7 mi / 2.7 km)
  • East Potomac Golf Course (1.9 mi / 3 km)
  • Volta Park (2.4 mi / 3.9 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Washington

Whether you're an adventurous traveller or just want to appreciate the scenery, Washington is a great place to get outside. These are some of the area's most stunning sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Great Falls Park (13.5 mi / 21.8 km)
  • Franklin Square (0.5 mi / 0.7 km)
  • Freedom Plaza (0.6 mi / 1 km)
  • Ellipse (0.7 mi / 1.2 km)
  • Lafayette Park (0.8 mi / 1.2 km)
  • Farragut Square (0.9 mi / 1.5 km)
How to get there

Transport to and around Washington

Fly into Washington, DC (DCA-Ronald Reagan Washington National), the closest airport, located 3.8 mi (6.2 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to College Park, MD (CGS), which is 7.5 mi (12.1 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, you can make your way to Washington Union Station. It's easy to get around Washington by catching a ride on the metro at 7th St. Convention Center Station, Gallery Place Chinatown Station or Center Station.

How many holiday rentals are available around Washington DC?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,835 holiday lettings around Washington DC. From 996 flats & apartments to 522 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a city-centre property in Washington DC?

One word (or perhaps three) — location, location, location! There's nothing more thrilling than spending your escape in the thick of things. HomeAway has 386 centrally located getaway rentals available. Of course, that might not be everyone's style. Luckily, HomeAway has heaps of other choices, including:

  • 55 monument-view holiday accommodation options.
  • 49 town holiday accommodation options.
  • 23 riverside holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent an apartment in Washington DC?

Forget about bland hotel rooms. Soak up this destination from the comfort and convenience of your very own apartment. You can take your pick from 750 different options with the help of HomeAway. If you make your reservation quickly, you could be spending as little as £23 a night. If that doesn't suit your posse's taste, we have a range of different self-catering accommodation options to choose from, such as:

  • House: 568 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £18 per night.
  • Hotel: 243 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £16 per night.
  • Townhome: 156 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £21 per night.

Can I stay in Washington DC in a large group?

Nothing comes close to catching up with old work friends or spending a few weeks with your beloved relatives in a marvellous new locale. What's best, HomeAway has options big enough for everyone. At the moment, apartment holiday rentals are the hottest thing for large groups of visitors here, and we have 170 listed on our database. If you're hoping to travel with a large group, the property options that can cater to you include:

  • If yours is a group of 6, we have 386 rental properties suitable for that size. Stay a night from just £38.
  • Need a holiday rental for 5 people? We have 194 that will serve you well. You can get one for as low as £47 per night.
  • Hunting down rental properties to suit 8 people? You'll be glad to learn we have 188 that'll be ideal. You can get one from just £58 per night.

So don't fret! When you travel with us you can bring along your dad, your grandpa and all your buddies to Washington DC.

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Washington DC?

HomeAway has a range of fantastic budget-friendly choices. Treat your group to a memorable evening out or extend your trip with all the cash you save. When it comes to getting your hands on a fantastic deal, your first port of call should be Shirlington. Here, HomeAway has 17 holiday rentals at an average price of £115 per night. North Rosslyn is another great option. We have holiday rentals here, and the average price is around £118 a night.

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