Destination guide

Artsy Washington will entice you

Take a vacation to Washington and enjoy the area's museums, monuments and art galleries. Travelers to this walkable city praise the parks, theaters and entertainment. Ford's Theater and White House are just a couple of the must-sees. Whether you're planning a family vacation, friends trip or romantic retreat, HomeAway has a great selection of vacation homes. Many rentals come with a full kitchen and separate dining area, perfect if you need a space for entertaining.

Activities

Activities and attractions in Washington

Are you hoping to find top things to see and do while you're in the area? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Washington a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. These are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Smithsonian's National Zoo (2.1 mi / 3.4 km)
  • Six Flags America (13.5 mi / 21.7 km)
  • National Aquarium (0.7 mi / 1.2 km)
  • Francis Pool (1.7 mi / 2.7 km)
  • East Potomac Golf Course (1.9 mi / 3 km)
  • Volta Park (2.4 mi / 3.9 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Washington

Whether you're an adventurous traveler or just want to appreciate the scenery, Washington is a great place to get outside. These are some of the area's most stunning sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Great Falls Park (13.5 mi / 21.8 km)
  • Franklin Square (0.5 mi / 0.7 km)
  • Freedom Plaza (0.6 mi / 1 km)
  • Ellipse (0.7 mi / 1.2 km)
  • Lafayette Park (0.8 mi / 1.2 km)
  • Farragut Square (0.9 mi / 1.5 km)
How to get there

Transportation to and around Washington

Fly into Washington, DC (DCA-Ronald Reagan Washington National), the closest airport, located 3.8 mi (6.2 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to College Park, MD (CGS), which is 7.5 mi (12.1 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, you can make your way to Washington Union Station. It's easy to get around Washington by catching a ride on the metro at 7th St. Convention Center Station, Gallery Place Chinatown Station or Center Station.

Where to stay near Washington DC?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 2,069 house rentals near Washington DC. From 652 Houses to 1,060 Condos/Apartments, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Washington DC is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Washington DC?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Washington DC. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Eastern Market: 376 vacation rentals
  • Capitol Hill: 505 vacation rentals
  • Kingman Park: 169 vacation rentals
  • Georgetown: 1,113 vacation rentals
  • Logan Circle: 531 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Washington DC! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Washington DC?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Washington DC:

  • Embassy Row: 1,747 rentals
  • Baltimore: 285 rentals
  • Silver Spring: 1,842 rentals
  • Arlington: 1,920 rentals
  • Alexandria: 1,841 rentals

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

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when travelling by plane to Washington DC?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of lodging choices in Washington DC are:

  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA): 2,039 home rentals
  • Tipton Airport (FME): 1,889 home rentals
  • Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI): 729 home rentals

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

Near which points of interest can I spend my holiday in Washington DC?

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

  • Eastern Market: 376 vacation homes
  • United States Capitol: 2,040 vacation homes
  • Smithsonian's National Zoo: 2,066 vacation homes
  • Walter E. Washington Convention Center: 1,147 vacation homes
  • National Mall ( Mall): 1,189 vacation homes

But there are many other points of interest around Washington DC listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Washington DC

Embassy Row
1,747 vacation rentals
Baltimore
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Silver Spring
1,842 vacation rentals
Arlington
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Laurel
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131 vacation rentals
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New Carrollton
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Mitchellville
216 vacation rentals
Falls Church
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Reston
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Gaithersburg
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Ellicott City
296 vacation rentals
Vienna
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McLean
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Clifton
84 vacation rentals