Exploring the District of Columbia, the seat of the USA’s government and home to some of the nation’s best museums and most impressive memorials, is a must for any visitor to the US. While most navigate the city by metro, renting a car is an excellent way to experience the city like the locals do. Don’t just visit the National Mall while in the nation’s capital, but head out to Adams Morgan for great nightlife and to DuPont Circle for some great neighborhood gems, tour Arlington and the quaint streets of Georgetown, and make the most with great food and culture in Penn Quarter.
The most beautiful time to visit D.C. is from April to mid-May, when the cherry tress throughout the city begin to blossom. Early fall is also a great time to enjoy the capital’s outdoors. Even winters are fairly mild in Washington, D.C., with the occasional show-stopping snowstorm. In fact, the most important element to consider when planning a trip to D.C. is that political events may crowd up the streets and hike up hotel and other service prices.
The native language of the United States is English and the currency is the US dollar. Currency exchange is highly available at airports and popular tourist destinations, and credit cards are accepted at the vast majority of businesses.
Washington, D.C. is nestled between Maryland and Virginia, and if you’re flying, you’ll arrive either at the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport 30 miles northeast of the capital outside Baltimore, Maryland or at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport or Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia. These are all great places from which to rent your car for your visit to Washington, though they each offer public transportation into the city itself, if you prefer to pick up your car later. Car rental is also available in the District of Columbia on most major roadways, especially along K Street NW, just north of the White House.
Most visitors head to the National Mall, the two-mile strip of gardens, museums (most of them free!), and monuments, and while a visit here is well worth your while, automobile hire is an excellent way to see more of this city and district in one. Get most intimate with D.C. by exploring the length and breadth of its streets, and book your car now.
There are some beautiful scenic drives that will help you get acquainted with the city along Pennsylvania Avenue, Rock Creek Parkway, Reservoir Road, Embassy Row, and the George Washington Memorial Parkway.