Destination guide

Stay in the heart of Downtown, Washington, DC

Washington, DC is both the nation’s capital and one of the most thrilling cities in the entire country, particularly if you’re visiting the vibrant Downtown area. Downtown is both one of the best neighborhoods in Washington and the city’s central business district, making it a hub of activity year-round. Travelers staying at Downtown, Washington, DC vacation rentals will be able to enjoy some fantastic activities and attractions, including sites such as Farragut Square Park, the National Archives, and the Smithsonian Art Museum. Plan a stay in Downtown, Washington, DC and you’ll have one of the best vacations of your life.

Things to do

World-class attractions in Downtown, Washington, DC

Downtown, Washington, DC is one of the world’s preeminent cultural centers, meaning you’ll be able to enjoy history, art, and much more right outside your Downtown, Washington, DC vacation rentals. The most popular attractions in Downtown, Washington, DC are the first-rate museums that fill the area. If you want to tour interesting artwork and exhibits, then you can pay a visit to the National Portrait Gallery. Of course, no trip to the Downtown area would be complete without a stop at a few of the city’s most famous museums, including the International Spy Museum and the National Building Museum.


Best opportunities for fun in Downtown, Washington, DC

Downtown, Washington, DC is one of the most exciting cities in the world, meaning there’s a great deal for you to see and do during your vacation. If you want an intimate view of exotic animals, you could visit either the National Aquarium or the Smithsonian National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute. Travelers that want their vacation to include a show can visit the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts or the Shakespeare Theatre. Visitors that want to do a little bit of shopping on their trip or grab a meal at a fantastic restaurant.


Pick your Downtown, Washington, DC travel climate

If you want to make sure that your stay in Downtown, Washington, DC vacation rentals is as rewarding as possible, then you should visit this city either between September and November or March and May. The fall season is still warm, but much more pleasant than the hot, dry summer months. Similarly, the temperatures in the spring are very mild, and you will be able to experience the gorgeous cherry blossoms. Winters in Downtown, Washington, DC are very cold, and while the snow looks beautiful on the monuments, many travelers will have trouble dealing with the extreme temperatures.

Natural features

Gorgeous natural sights in Downtown, Washington, DC

Downtown, Washington, DC is well-known for its interesting architecture, particularly its multitude of historic buildings. However, the city also features some beautiful natural sites that you should be sure not to miss. For instance, the city is located on the banks of the Potomac River, which is breathtaking during both sunrise and sunset. You can also visit the Tidal Basin, a gorgeous pond that is attached to the Potomac. While there is wide range of plant life in the Downtown area, the most noticeable is the cherry blossom, a tree whose pink flowers are stunning when in full bloom.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Downtown Washington D.C.

Fly into Washington, DC (DCA-Ronald Reagan Washington National), the closest airport, located 3.7 mi (5.9 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to College Park, MD (CGS), which is 7.8 mi (12.6 km) away.

You can get around Downtown Washington D.C. by jumping on the metro at McPherson Sq. Station, Center Station or Gallery Place Chinatown Station.

Can I find a vacation rental around Downtown?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,052 vacation rentals near Downtown. From 583 Condos/Apartments to 289 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Downtown for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Downtown?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Downtown:

  • Capitol Hill: 499 vacation rentals
  • Georgetown: 1,115 vacation rentals
  • Eastern Market: 367 vacation rentals
  • Dupont Circle: 598 vacation rentals
  • National Harbor: 105 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Downtown?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Downtown. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle: 2,122 vacation rentals
  • National Geographic Society: 2,119 vacation rentals
  • Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church: 2,120 vacation rentals
  • D.C. Chamber of Commerce: 1,563 vacation rentals
  • Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives: 2,120 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Downtown listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Downtown?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 583 Condos/Apartments in Downtown. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Downtown include:

  • Houses: 289 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 129 rentals available
  • Studios: 540 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Downtown?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 106 vacation rentals with pool available in Downtown. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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