Destination guide

Action-packed vacations in Fort Washington, MD

Sitting just a few miles south of the bustle of Washington DC, the community of Fort Washington is a hub for all sorts of family-friendly activities and historic discoveries on the Maryland side of the Potomac River. Days here are spent examining local forts and parks, enjoying the scenery of the riverside and heading up to the capital city to visit museums and monuments and check out endless shopping and dining options. Your Fort Washington vacation rental puts you in the perfect spot, just a short hop from endless amenities, but away from the worst of city traffic.

Things to do

Step back in time in Fort Washington

While many of the most popular historic sites are just north in Washington DC, Fort Washington marks the spot of a military post from more than 200 years ago – one that you can still visit today. Head to Fort Washington Park on the Potomac to see the old battery remains and visit a museum full of war artifacts. The park is also a great spot to spend the day outdoors, with a system of riverside nature trails and places to picnic or throw a frisbee with the kids. If you're into angling, you can also fish from the shores here.

Activities

Taking in the sites near Fort Washington

With Washington DC for a neighbor, Fort Washington is an ideal hub from which to tour the historic and cultural sites of the capital. Plenty of excursion options are available to show you around the top attractions here, from the famous Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument to Pennsylvania Avenue, lined with government buildings. You can travel on foot or opt for bikes, Segways or pedicabs, to get around at a quicker pace. There are also hop-on hop-off buses that run historic commentary, enabling you to disembark and spend more time at museums or the Arlington Cemetery.

Weather

The colorful seasons of Fort Washington

Few things top the colors of spring and fall in Fort Washington and neighboring Washington DC. The pleasant temperatures are perfect for long days spent outside, walking along the river or touring all the historic sites and monuments. In spring, the area is painted in the gorgeous whites and pinks of cherry blossom, while fall brings shades of red and orange to changing leaves. Spring and summer see the most visitors to the area, so, if you plan to visit during this time, you'll want to reserve your Fort Washington vacation rental early to secure your preferred dates.

Natural features

Enjoying the river in Fort Washington

With the Potomac River flowing by Fort Washington, and picturesque parks lining the shores, there are many spots for enjoying the great outdoors here. Just across the Piscataway Creek from the fort, Piscataway Park sits on the riverfront, with a wetland atmosphere that attracts millions of migrating birds. You can launch kayaks and canoes or take to the trails on boardwalks and paths that cross through meadows and woodlands. After a long day of hiking and spying for bald eagles, it's just a short hop back to your Fort Washington vacation rental for a restful evening.

How to get there

How to get to and around Fort Washington

The nearest airport is in Washington, DC (DCA-Ronald Reagan Washington National), located 7.3 mi (11.8 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into College Park, MD (CGS), which is 16.2 mi (26 km) away.

Where to stay around Fort Washington?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,926 vacation rentals near Fort Washington. From 581 Houses to 6 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Fort Washington for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Fort Washington?

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 Fort Washington:

  • Capitol Hill: 501 vacation rentals
  • Georgetown: 1,082 vacation rentals
  • Eastern Market: 375 vacation rentals
  • Dupont Circle: 565 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 1,014 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 Fort Washington?

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

  • Fort Washington Park: 1,896 vacation rentals
  • Ft Washington Marina: 1,869 vacation rentals
  • Fort Foote Park: 1,968 vacation rentals
  • Harmony Hall: 1,939 vacation rentals
  • Eastern Market: 375 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Fort Washington 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 Houses in Fort Washington?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 581 Houses in Fort Washington. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Fort Washington include:

  • Cottages: 6 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 197 rentals available
  • Studios: 847 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Fort Washington?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 387 vacation rentals with pool available in Fort Washington. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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