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Popular amenities for Washington vacation rentals

Stay near Washington's top sights

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History647 locals recommend
Smithsonian National Zoological Park771 locals recommend
Lincoln Memorial697 locals recommend
Capital One Arena305 locals recommend
National Air and Space Museum809 locals recommend
Nationals Park455 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Washington

  • Total rentals

    12K properties

  • Total number of reviews

    535K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    4.3K properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    3.9K properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    1.7K properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    6.6K properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Washington


The lure of Washington, DC, is no doubt in its role as a living museum of American history, packed with monuments showcasing the nation’s greatest leaders (from Abraham Lincoln to Martin Luther King Jr.) as well as museums honoring the diversity of our nation (such as the National Museum of the American Indian and the National Museum of African American History and Culture). But beyond the historical and cultural landmarks is a city filled with a vibrant street life all its own, whether you’re in trendy NoMa, historic Logan Circle, green-space haven Woodley Park, or eclectic Adams Morgan.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Washington

DC is best known for its spring, when its show of blooms is celebrated with the National Cherry Blossom Festival in late March and early April. Temperatures tend to hit highs in the mid-60s Fahrenheit then, with lows in the 40s. October brings the same weather, but with fall foliage and nippy breezes. Summers are humid (no, it’s not because the city is built on a swamp — that’s simply folklore). Muggy temperatures in the 80s can feel icky, so opt for lightweight clothes and sunscreen. Winters tend to be the low travel season for booking vacation rentals since temperatures float between the 20s and 40s. Always keep an eye out for rain, as precipitation is spread throughout the year.

Top things to do in Washington

National Mall

The epicenter of American pride is no doubt this two-mile-long stretch of open space, with the Lincoln Memorial on the west, Capitol Hill on the east, the White House to the north, Jefferson Memorial to the south, and the 555-foot-tall Washington Monument in the center. Other notable sites include the Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Also peppered along the way are several of the Smithsonian museums (all with free admission), including the National Air and Space Museum, National Portrait Gallery, and National Museum of African American History and Culture.


In DC’s oldest neighborhood, stroll along the waterfront walkways of both the Potomac River and C&O Canal and enjoy the restaurants and nightlife, perhaps at the tavern where John F. Kennedy proposed to Jacqueline Kennedy in 1953 or a 1960s-era jazz club modeled after ones from the 1920s.

Dupont Circle

This lively neighborhood for shopping, dining, and nightlife is named after its center, a metropolitan traffic circle with a fountain and a new underground art space. Dupont Circle is also the perfect starting point for a self-guided tour along the quarter’s Embassy Row.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Washington?

    Washington, D.C. experiences all four seasons. Summers are typically hot and humid, with temperatures often in the 80s°F (27-32°C). Winters can be cold, ranging from 20s to 40s°F (-6 to 4°C), with occasional snow. Spring and fall bring more moderate temperatures.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Washington?

    Visitors to Washington, D.C. frequently explore the many monuments and museums along the National Mall, roam the vibrant streets of Georgetown, take a stroll through Rock Creek Park, and enjoy a performance at the Kennedy Center.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Washington?

    Spring and fall are the most popular times to visit Washington, D.C. These seasons coincide with the city's renowned events such as the National Cherry Blossom Festival in late March to early April, and the Library of Congress National Book Festival in September.

  • What are the best places to stay in Washington?

    Locations often recommended for stays in Washington, D.C. include Georgetown for its historic charm, Dupont Circle for its lively atmosphere, Capitol Hill for its proximity to landmarks, and Penn Quarter for its abundance of restaurants and theaters.

  • What are the best places to visit in Washington?

    Popular places in Washington, D.C. include the Lincoln Memorial, the U.S. Capitol, the Smithsonian museums, the National Gallery of Art, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. For nature lovers, the U.S. Botanic Garden and the Tidal Basin are wonderful picks.

  • What are some hiking trails in Washington?

    Washington, D.C. is home to a variety of hiking trails which allow visitors to explore its natural beauty. Frequently suggested trails include the Rock Creek Park trails, the Mount Vernon Trail along the Potomac River, and the C&O Canal Towpath.

  • What are some family activities to do in Washington?

    Families visiting Washington, D.C. often enjoy exploring its many kid-friendly sites. These include the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the National Air and Space Museum, the National Zoo, and paddle boating on the Tidal Basin.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Washington?

    Popular day trips from Washington, D.C. often involve a visit to Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, or a trip to Old Town Alexandria for its historic charm. Others include a journey to Shenandoah National Park for hiking or a visit to Annapolis for naval history.

  • Are there vacation rentals near Washington's top attractions?

    You're in luck! Stay at the heart of it all with our vacation rentals near Washington's top attractions. We offer over 17,430 vacation rentals near Smithsonian National Mall Tours, over 17,430 vacation rentals near The National Mall, over 15,780 vacation rentals near Union Market, over 17,430 vacation rentals near Washington DC National Mall Audio Tour, and over 52,290 vacation rentals near National Mall, and so much more! Experience the best of Washington right on your doorstep.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Washington?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 6,630 vacation rentals in Washington featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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