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Iconic Washington D.C.

​Book flights to Washington D.C. and discover the best of America’s history-filled capital.

This is a city that has shaped the nation, the scene of its most seismic moments and a stage for its most revered figures. Visit grand seats of power and see instantly recognisable landmarks.

washington monument evening

Head to the White House and the Capitol building, before gazing at the Declaration of Independence in the National Archives Museum.

Walk in the shadow of the towering obelisk of the Washington Monument, see the Lincoln Memorial and stand in the spot where Martin Luther King delivered his timeless ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.

Washington is renowned for its cultural diversity, its music and its food. From burgers to blue crabs, you’ve got to try one of the city’s signature dishes. There are dozens of fascinating guided tours to book onto – to make the most of your trip.

Let Etihad take you straight to the heart of America when you book flights to Washington D.C.​

What’s the weather like in Washington D.C.?

What’s the weather like in Washington D.C.?

Average temperatureAverage rainfall

JAN

2°C

7cm

FEB

3°C

7cm

MAR

8°C

8cm

APR

13°C

8cm

MAY

17°C

10cm

JUN

24°C

9cm

JUL

26°C

9cm

AUG

26°C

8cm

SEP

22°C

9cm

OCT

15°C

8cm

NOV

9°C

8cm

DEC

4°C

8cm

The city enjoys warm, sunny weather from May to September, with average temperatures of 26°C in July and August. Rainfall is not especially high at any time of year, remaining steady throughout.

If you’re flying to Washington D.C. for the National Cherry Blossom Festival in the spring, you can expect mild but largely pleasant temperatures – averaging about 13°C in April.

Reasons to visit Washington D.C.

george washington statue capital building

Discover the Smithsonian museums

There are no fewer than 17 fascinating museums under the Smithsonian Institute banner to visit in Washington D.C. Enthusiasts of US history will be able to see 11 of these locations along the National Mall, which is also home to the U.S. Capitol and the White House.

The Air and Space Museum, Natural History Museum and American History Museum are world-class visitor attractions, as is the Museum of African American History and Culture.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery boasts work by the likes of Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning within its permanent collection – all landmark modern American artists.

rock creek park in autumn washington dc usa

Seek out hidden gems

Washington is famous for The Lincoln Memorial, Capitol Hill and – of course – The White House itself. But aside from the grand monuments and remarkable buildings, there are some quirky sightseeing spots to seek out.

The picturesque Spanish Steps in the Kalorama neighbourhood make a great backdrop for photos. Kogod Courtyard, adjoining the National Portrait Gallery, has a stunning, undulating steel and glass ceiling. Finally, Rock Creek Park is a woodland oasis off the main track, with idyllic scenery and enchanting paths that follow the creek with gentle twists and turns.

the capitol building at night in washington dc usa

Nightlife in Washington D.C.

For those who want to take in as much of the city’s culture as possible once they’ve booked their Washington D.C. plane tickets, consider planning a trip to U Street. This is the liveliest part of the city, home to numerous dance clubs including the 9:30 Club, the subterranean U Street Music Hall and The Gibson.

At Howard Theatre you’ll find musical influences covering everything from gospel to pop and rhythm and blues, while the historic roof deck space known as Restaurant Marvin on 14th Street boasts a menu inspired by Washington-born Motown legend Marvin Gaye.

Things to know before you fly to Washington D.C.

plane Airport transfers

Book flights to Washington D.C with Etihad and you’ll fly into Dulles International Airport (IAD). Arrange a transfer with us and your driver will be waiting for you on arrival, ready to take you wherever you want to go. Alternatively, the Metro Silver Line and Silver Line Express connect to the nearest Metrorail station about 15 minutes away. Taxis and car hire are also available.

meals Local cuisine

Washington D.C. is home to several signature dishes, starting with the city’s iconic half-smoke sausages. A blend of ground pork and beef with hot pepper and secret seasonings, eat it in a bread bun with onions or smothered in chilli, cheese and mustard. The city’s close coastal connections make the Maryland speciality of Chesapeake blue crab another popular choice, especially around the waterfront in the southwest.

holiday Public holidays

US public holidays include Memorial Day (May), Independence Day (July), Labor Day (September) and Thanksgiving (November). On these days, large public events may be held – and some attractions and businesses may be closed or have shorter opening hours.

bus Getting around

Public transport in Washington D.C. is reliable and affordable. Metrorail is Washington D.C.’s subway network, running from early morning to around late at night on weekdays and even later on Fridays and Saturdays. There’s also the Metrobus and several coach services ferrying sightseers between some of the most popular tourist spots. Numerous companies also offer bicycle and Segway hire.

Flying to Washington D.C.: FAQs

What should I see in Washington D.C.?

The National Mall is a mile-long landscaped park that attracts over 25 million visitors a year. It lies between the Lincoln Memorial and the United States Capitol grounds, with the Washington Monument in between. If you want to visit The White House, make sure to plan well ahead – at least 21 days and up to three months in advance. Entry is on a first-come, first-served basis.

How many days should I spend in Washington D.C.?

Depending on how much you want to see, it’s possible to take in the majority of Washington D.C.’s most notable monuments in three or four days, as many are a close distance to one another. If you plan on making the most of your visit by taking in the Smithsonian museums or some day trips, allow yourself a week or more when booking your Washington D.C. flight tickets.

Where should I stay in Washington D.C.?

High-end, more expensive hotels can be found in Downtown, West End and Georgetown. For more affordable accommodation towards the outskirts of the city, try Woodmont Triangle or Berwyn. Look for hotels near Metro stations, which are typically just a 30-minute train ride from the centre.

Why we love Washington D.C.

“Washington D.C. has so many landmarks – the White House, Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument – that a wander around this city feels like you’re walking through history. But look a little closer and you’ll also find amazing live music, great food and beautiful parks.”

The best of Washington D.C.

Flights to Washington D.C. take you to the iconic capital of the US – a city that has obvious charms on the surface, but hidden depths as well.

Visit renowned museums and monuments during the day, then sink into a remarkable music scene at night. Jazz, synth-pop and rock compete for your attention amid a host of venues – including the streets themselves.

Enjoy the food culture here too, which takes in everything from Filipino cuisine to ‘power lunching’ in the city’s cafes and restaurants. These dining destinations play host to politicians, celebrities and even Presidents.

Read more about Washington D.C., where to go and what to see on Atlas, our online magazine.

Weather in Washington

14 °C
Tuesday31 Mar 2020
11 °C
Wednesday1 Apr 2020
13 °C
Thursday2 Apr 2020
12 °C
Friday3 Apr 2020
9 °C
Saturday4 Apr 2020
9 °C
Sunday5 Apr 2020
17 °C
Monday6 Apr 2020
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