Flights to Washington: need to know
Cheap airline tickets to Washington
Welcome to Washington! Getting her is super easy, especially as there are three main airports. Catch flights to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) or Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), which is further afield but also a good choice.
When to book the cheapest flights to Washington
Washington enjoys all four seasons. Summers are nice but the humidity can really take its toll on some visitors. The best time to visit is spring, when the city’s cherry trees blossom. It’s spectacular. Autumn is also nice.
- Peak season: Definitely springtime.
- Low season: Winter, when snow is all too common.
A flight to Washington from New York takes 1 hour 15 minutes.
Experience Washington: sights, tours and activities
There is a lot to see and do in Washington and it's likely you won't even scratch the surface on your first trip. Start at The Mall but don't miss out on the city's fantastic free museums as well! The nightlife and dining scene give other American cities a run for their money.
Essentials in Washington
The Mall: You'll find most all of Washington's major sights here: the White House, US Capitol Building, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial… and on and on. This is the best place to start your city tour.
East End: For museums, head to the eastern part of The Mall and duck into the Newseum, International Spy Museum, National Portrait Gallery and the National Archive, where the Constitution is hiding.
City views: There are strict height restrictions in place so you'll notice there are no skyscrapers in Washington. For a great view of the city, head to the Old Post Office Tower. It's free and located centrally.
Visit Washington.org for more info.
Hotels and accommodation in Washington
Most visitors search for hotels in Washington’s East End or close to the Smithsonian. All that really matters however is access to the city's metro network. Save a penny or two and search for hotels further afield that are within walking distance of a station.