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Washington, DC

Our verdict:

If New York is the Big Apple, Washington DC is the Big Cheese; a city that oozes power. Dotted with uber-luxurious hotels that welcome the world's great and good, Washington mixes world-class museums and galleries with a hip drinking scene and restaurants to rival NYC. Easy to explore on foot, it's a presidentially-perfect city break.

Recommended tour operator: American Sky

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American Sky says:

It’s not hard to understand why Washington, DC is on so many people’s must-see lists.

As America’s capital city, sightseeing doesn’t get much more impressive – you’ll find world-famous monuments, renowned museums and of course, the White House. Add to that a stroll along the Potomac River and some of the country’s most acclaimed restaurants and you have a wonderful short break destination.

The bright lights of Washington, DC offer much more than just sightseeing. Behind the polished face of the capital, the city’s eclectic neighbourhoods, boutique and designer shopping, live music venues showcasing rock, jazz, R&B and reggae, sensational theatre productions and array of eateries attract a hip crowd looking for a cosmopolitan experience.

The city’s fabulous range of hotels caters for all tastes and budgets.

It’s easy to explore Washington, DC on foot and via public transport. The city’s metro system links many of the major landmarks, making it easy to get around.

The National Mall is a two-mile, pedestrian-friendly stretch between the U.S. Capitol Building and the Washington Monument. Dotted with museums, monuments and memorials, you can walk it or join a bicycle or Segway tour.

Popular for its vibrant nightlife, shopping and dining, Georgetown is perhaps the most fashionable and historic area of the city – you’ll find cobblestone streets and 18th century architecture. There are some superb hotels in this neighbourhood, ideal if you prefer to stay somewhere away from the city hustle and bustle.

Check out more about our top ten things to do in Washington, DC and city breaks throughout the USA.

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