Destination guide

Visit Capitol Hill, the political heart of Washington, DC

If you want to vacation in one of the most interesting, important areas of the country, there’s no better location than Capitol Hill. Not only is Capitol Hill the center of American politics, it is also the oldest residential neighborhood in Washington, DC. When you stay in Capitol Hill vacation rentals, you’ll be in one of the most exciting cities in the world and will be able to enjoy interesting attractions like the Library of Congress and the Capitol Building. For visitors of all ages, Capitol Hill is one of the best vacation spots in the country.

Things to do

See unforgettable attractions in Capitol Hill, Washington, DC

The best part of staying in Capitol Hill vacation rentals is being able to tour a great selection of attractions. If you plan ahead, you may be able to sit in on a session of the U.S. Congress, giving you an up close view of the political process. Another popular activity in Capitol Hill is visiting the U.S. Botanic garden, where you can experience a two-level tropical rainforest and plants like orchids and cacti. You may also want to take a stroll through the Library of Congress, the world’s largest library which features historic items.


Make a memorable trip to Capitol Hill

Because Capitol Hill is one of the most interesting areas of Washington, DC, you may have trouble deciding what to see and do, so learn about a few of the best activities in this area. One of the most interesting activities in Capitol Hill is going on a self-guided tour of the Supreme Court Building, which features neoclassical design and occasional free lectures. If you want to do some world-class shopping or grab a bite to eat, a great activity in Capitol Hill is walking through the Eastern Market, which features farm-fresh produce and interesting antiques.


When should you visit Capitol Hill?

To make sure you can comfortably see all the sights, it’s crucial to visit this city during the right time of the year. Generally, the best time of year to travel to Capitol Hill is during the spring, between March and May. The temperatures are warm, but not too hot, and you can see the cherry blossoms in full bloom. The fall is also a great time to visit Capitol Hill, as the temperatures will have substantially cooled from their summer highs and there will be much fewer travelers with which to contend.

Natural features

Stroll around the beautiful scenery in Capitol Hill

One of the best reasons to plan a stay in Capitol Hill is being able to view both interesting architecture and beautiful natural scenery. Just east of Capitol Hill is the beautiful Anacostia River, where you can take a stroll along the water. Capitol Hill is also just a short drive away from the Potomac River. The historic buildings in Capitol Hill are accentuated by several beautiful tree species. In addition to the renowned cherry blossoms, there are species like the American Beech, the Bald Cypress, and the Chestnut Oak.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Capitol Hill

Fly into Washington, DC (DCA-Ronald Reagan Washington National), the closest airport, located 3.4 mi (5.5 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 7.6 mi (12.3 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, the main station is Washington Union Station. You can get around Capitol Hill by jumping on the metro at Capitol South Station, Eastern Market Station or Federal Center Station.

Where to stay around Capitol Hill?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 508 vacation rentals near Capitol Hill. From 249 Condos/Apartments to 163 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Capitol Hill for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Capitol Hill?

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 Capitol Hill:

  • Georgetown: 1,115 vacation rentals
  • Eastern Market: 376 vacation rentals
  • Dupont Circle: 589 vacation rentals
  • National Harbor: 103 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 1,050 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 Capitol Hill?

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

  • Washington Union Station: 2,061 vacation rentals
  • Washington DC Fire and EMS Museum: 2,073 vacation rentals
  • Union Station Shopping Center: 2,068 vacation rentals
  • National Japanese American Memorial: 2,073 vacation rentals
  • Columbus Circle: 2,065 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Capitol Hill 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 Capitol Hill?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 249 Condos/Apartments in Capitol Hill. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Capitol Hill include:

  • Houses: 163 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 72 rentals available
  • Studios: 240 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Capitol Hill?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 70 vacation rentals with pool available in Capitol Hill. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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