Washington DC Pocket Guide

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Home to some of the world's most iconic landmarks, as well as the world's most powerful man, Washington DC is a surprisingly laid back city. When compared to the pace of life in other big American cities, things here are notably more relaxed. In saying that, this doesn't mean it lacks things to do or can't be enjoyable as its counterparts. It can - just on a different level. In one afternoon here you can see more instantly recognisable buildings than anywhere else in the States. You can also explore its various neighbourhoods, enjoy a host of different cuisines, or party into the early hours. Make no mistake about it - 'DC' isn't like other American cities, but this only makes it a breath of fresh air when travelling through this vast country.

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In The Guide

  • Cheap Eats Find out what restaurants are best value for money and what are the local specialties.
  • Don't Miss A list of the best local attractions and places worth visiting whilst in Washington DC.
  • Budget Tips Insider tips on how to save money or what to do when you don't have any!
  • A day in Washington DC... Only have one day to spare? We give you our ultimate day in Washington DC.

Washington DC City Reviews

  • 80%


    A City Like No Other

    DC was absolutely wonderful. Going in mid-October was the perfect time since the weather was nice and cool, so I did not get too overheated when walking everywhere. Most of the museums and attractions are free, so it is very easy to save money and still see everything. The air and city are so clean. It is also pretty easy to take the trains/buses around (instead of taking ubers).

    Insider Tip:For those who love cats -- there is a cat cafe around Georgetown. I was unable to go since I did not discover it until the very end of my trip and it was closed, but if you are in the area it would be a fun story to tell how you went to a cat cafe! Also, make sure you watch the amounts on your smart fare cards for the trains, I am not sure how mine diminished so quickly after one or two rides. A bit spendy for the "per-trip" fares so you may want to look into a pass if you are staying for a few days.

  • 90%


    Gorgeous city

    DC is just amazing. Although it's a metropolis, open wide spaces with 360 visibility are common. Being European I got the feeling to stroll in a city for giants. The Mall and visiting places around it are amazing. Georgetown neighborhood is peaceful and nice-looking with impressive piece of architecture such as the university. Nightlife is no less. College bars offer you cheap deals on drinks, good music and surely a worthy night.

    Insider Tip:Memorial, air and space museum absolutely with free tour guide, college bars!!

  • 60%


    Choose a nice time for the museums

    I made the wrong decision to visit DC around Christmas time – the museums were packed on most days. Luckily and the eve, the museums were quite empty and I was able to enjoy the museums. By the way, did I mention that the museums are free?

    Insider Tip:If you have time, check out the Hirshhorn Museum too!

  • 60%


    Great place to explore!

    You can do a lots of things by foot! The city is very organized and clean, it really worth to spend your time there, maybe 3 or 4 days is pretty enough! We liked a lot, enjoy the opportunity to explore NY also, it is not so far. I took a flight from BWI, and it is not so far, and much cheaper than any other airport, I think it worth.

  • 80%


    The nation's capital

    Loved DC. So much to see and do, you'll need at least 3-5 days. The subway makes it easy to navigate, and the Mall is beautiful to stroll through. The parks are beautiful and the people are friendly. Food - you MUST TRY "&PIZZA"!!! It is amazing, production line high quality food. Absolutely delicious. You should always start your day early as there can be large crowds (especially school kids). Didn't hit the town unfortunately.

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