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Why fly to Washington?

It is the capital of the United States of America and with that title it is also one of the most important cities on the planet. Historic decisions are made in the great halls of the White House, which in itself is visual representation of the city.

The city is located where the Potomac and Anacostia rivers meet and is home to numerous museums, galleries and buildings of historic value. The National Mall is where you will find many of these structures. A tribute to the first president is located here in the form of the Washington Monument. An important tribute to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr is also housed here.

The Smithsonian is a fantastic complex composed of 18 museums like the National Museum of American History and the National Portrait Gallery, the collections are world renowned and the complex alone could take up your whole trip if you so desire.

Take a visit to the city's oldest jewelery shop, Chas Schwartz and Sons, for a little bit of shopping or just dreaming.

You will find some of the best restaurants in the country in Washington, which is only natural since the city receives the leaders of both the political and business globe on a daily basis. However since US President Barack Obama graced a tiny little joint called Ben's Chili Bowl for a smokie, the little guys in town are getting their share of visitors too. Give them a whirl!

Washington Weather

Washington has fairly mild temperatures. The summers are warm and pleasant with numbers in the mid 20s. Moving in to September the temperatures drop slightly and make it perfectly comfortable for all the suits in Washington. Winters are cold with the thermometer heading down below zero, and flurries making their way over the city.

When to fly to Washington

Peak season

Flight bookings to Washington are fairly even throughout the year due to its capital status. However summer is the time for vacationing families so flight tickets at this time of year are more expensive.

Off season

The first three months of the year can get fairly quiet in Washington as cold temperature keep holidayers away. This is the time to make plans to visit the state capital as the flight tickets are at reasonable rates and sometimes even at a steal.

Getting into Washington

Once you have yourself collected there are several ways to get into the city. You can take the airport bus or shuttle service. Taxis are available outside.

Getting around Washington

The city is very easy to navigate, bus transportation is readily available as are taxis. However, most people do tend to rent cars as many of the attractions are spread out through the city and this is especially a very sensible option if you are travelling with your family.

Insider Guide

  • Visit the National Cathedral for a great piece of work away from the National Mall. The church is quite beautiful and quite easy to reach. St.Patrick's Church is also worth a visit for its modern interior.
  • Visit the National Air and Space Museum for a taste of air history, you can see items from the Apollo 11 flight as well as items that date back to the beginning of flight.
  • Check out a concert at the Kennedy Center, this iconic space has hosted world leaders and the world's finest performers. The theatre has numerous live productions taking place throughout the year. Additionally the Millennium Stage has performances you can take in for free. For a lovely day in the outdoors head to Great Falls Park which sits just 25 minutes outside of the city center. The park is a lovely place to go kayaking or hiking and biking. Remember to pack a picnic and enjoy a scenic lunch overlooking the Potomac River.
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Cheap Flights to Washington DC (WAS)

Historical prices for Washington DC flights.

Departure Airline Prices
Phoenix AirTran $234
Minneapolis St. Paul AirTran $224
Honolulu American Airlines $478
San Francisco AirTran $228
Reno Continental $201
New York American Airlines $86
Indianapolis AirTran $116
London Air Canada $238
Seattle AirTran $213
Bismarck Delta $339
Los Angeles AirTran $214
Raleigh Durham AirTran $148
Denver AirTran $194
Buffalo Continental $179
Miami American Airlines $159
San Juan AirTran $202
New York JFK American Airlines $95
Boston AirTran $77
Albany Continental $143
Tampa AirTran $151
Salt Lake City Delta $240
Greensboro High Point Continental $170
Dallas Fort Worth AirTran $223
Syracuse Continental $192
Detroit AirTran $143

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