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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Pocket Washington, DC is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Climb the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, tour the White House and learn about the presidents who've lived here, be moved by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial -all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of the best of Washington, DC and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet's Pocket Washington, DC:

  • Full-color maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Free, convenient pull-out Washington, DC map (included in print version), plus over 11 color neighborhood maps
  • User-friendly layout with helpful icons, and organized by neighborhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time
  • Covers National Mall, White House Area, Foggy Bottom, Georgetown, Capitol Hill, Downtown, Penn Quarter, Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Pocket Washington, DC, a colorful, easy-to-use, and handy guide that literally fits in your pocket, provides on-the-go assistance for those seeking only the can't-miss experiences to maximize a quick trip experience.

About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world's number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we've printed over 145 million guidebooks and phrasebooks for 120 languages, and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You'll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, 12 international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more, enabling you to explore every day. Lonely Planet enables the curious to experience the world fully and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves, near or far from home.

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Dec 1, 2017

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QuickStart Guide

Welcome to Washington, DC

Top Sights

Local Life

Day Planner

Need to Know

Washington, DC Neighbourhoods


National Mall

White House Area & Foggy Bottom


Capitol Hill

Downtown, Penn Quarter & Logan Circle

Dupont Circle

Exploring Jazzy U Street & Shaw

Adams Morgan

Mixing it Up in Columbia Heights

Arlington National Cemetery


The Best of Washington, DC

Iconic Washington

Embassies & Mansions


Bars & Clubs


Live Music

For Free

Museums & Monuments

For Kids

Gay & Lesbian

Theater & Performing Arts

Art & Architecture

History & Politics

Sports & Activities

Survival Guide

Survival Guide

Before You Go

Arriving in Washington, DC

Getting Around

Essential Information

Behind the Scenes

Our Writers

Welcome to Washington, DC

The USA's capital teems with iconic monuments, vast (and free) museums and the corridors of power where visionaries and demagogues roam. Seeing the White House and soaring Capitol will thrill, but it's the cobblestoned neighborhoods, global cafes and jazzy bohemian quarters that really make you fall for DC, no matter what your politics.

Washington Monument and the Reflecting Pool, viewed from the Lincoln Memorial. | LUCKY-PHOTOGRAPHER / SHUTTERSTOCK ©


Washington, DC

Top Sights

Lincoln Memorial

Reflect at Abe's hallowed shrine.

JEFF TURNER / 500px ©

Washington, DC Top Sights

National Air & Space Museum

Rockets, airplanes and spaceships galore.


Washington, DC Top Sights

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Powerful, heartbreaking wall of names.


Washington, DC Top Sights

Washington Monument

DC's tallest, most view-tastic structure.


Washington, DC Top Sights


Ornate halls and whispery chambers.


Washington, DC Top Sights

White House

The President's stately abode.


Washington, DC Top Sights

National Archives

Trove of historic, eye-popping documents.


Washington, DC Top Sights

US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Harrowing stories of genocide.


Washington, DC Top Sights

Arlington National Cemetery

Famous gravesites and memorials aplenty.


Washington, DC Top Sights

Reynolds Center for American Art & Portraiture

Top-shelf American art.



Washington, DC

Local Life

Insider tips to help you find the real Washington, DC

After checking off DC's top sights, seek out the bohemian jazz quarters, curio-filled markets, sweet patisseries and arty shops that make up Washington for the locals. Count on rambling bookstores and waterfront parks making an appearance.

Insider tips to help you find the real Washington, DC

Other great places to experience the city like a local:

National Sculpture Garden

Dumbarton Oaks Park

Grace Street Coffee

Maine Avenue Fish Market

El Sol

Seventh Hill Pizza

Dupont Circle Market

Larry's Lounge


A Capital Day on Capitol Hill

y Markets

y Neighborhood bars


Exploring Jazzy U Street & Shaw

y Music venues

y Soul food


A Night Out in Dupont Circle

y Good-time bars

y Underground art


Strolling Genteel Georgetown

y Swanky antique shops

y Redolent bakeries


Mixing it Up in Columbia Heights

y Latino art and culture

y Hip cafes



Washington, DC

Day Planner

Day One

MDive right into the good stuff with the monuments at the National Mall's western end. The Lincoln Memorial is about as iconically DC as it gets. Next up is the powerful Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Then comes the Washington Monument, which is pretty hard to miss, being DC’s tallest structure and all.

RMunch sandwiches by an artsy waterfall at Cascade Cafe. After lunch, it’s time to explore the National Museum of African American History and Culture, assuming you've procured a ticket, or the National Gallery of Art. Pick a side: East, for modern, or West, for impressionists and other classics. Afterward, mosey across the lawn to the National Air and Space Museum and gape at the missiles, planes and rockets.

NHop on the Metro to Dupont Circle for dinner in one of the international restaurants. The neighborhood parties in the evening. Sip cocktails at Bar Charley, hoist brews with locals at Board Room or hit one of the dance clubs.

Day Two

MDo the government thing this morning. Start in the Capitol and tour the statue-cluttered halls. Then walk across the street and up the grand steps to the Supreme Court; hopefully you’ll get to hear a case argument. The Library of Congress and its 500 miles of books blow minds next door.

RContinue the government theme in the White House neighborhood. Have a burger amid politicos at Old Ebbitt Grill. Hopefully you planned ahead and booked a White House tour. Pop into the Round Robin to see if any big wigs are clinking glasses. Zip over to the Kennedy Center to watch the free 6pm show.

NHit Georgetown for dinner: maybe French fare at Chez Billy Sud or pizza at Il Canale. After dinner, sink a pint in a friendly pub like the Tombs. On warm nights the outdoor cafes and boating action make Georgetown Waterfront Park a hot spot.

Day Three

MWalking around Arlington National Cemetery you can’t help but be moved by the memorials, from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier's dignified guards to John F Kennedy’s eternal flame. The grounds spread over 624 acres and include several famous graves.

RSpend the afternoon downtown, where an abundance of riches await. See the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives, and the seat where Lincoln was shot at Ford's Theatre. The Reynolds Center for American Art & Portraiture hangs sublime paintings. The Newseum has the Unabomber’s cabin. You’ll have to make some hard choices about which sights to visit. When hunger strikes, try Rasika or Central Michel Richard.

NMosey north up 14th St NW toward Logan Circle, a bountiful food and drink zone. Buzzy Le Diplomate wafts a Parisian vibe, while Churchkey pours 550 different types of beer. Continue north and you'll come to jazzy U Street and Shaw.

Day Four

MStart at Dupont Circle (the traffic circle) and walk northwest on Massachusetts Ave gaping at the enormous mansions along Embassy Row. The Phillips Collection also spreads out in a Dupont manor; the modern paintings and sculptures provide an hour or two of groovy browsing.

RAdams Morgan sits just north of Dupont. It's Washington’s party zone, but during the day Meeps and Idle Time Books provide plenty to do. Plus you’re well situated for happy hour at Songbyrd Record Cafe & Music House, a cool retro bar.

NIn the evening head to Columbia Heights and see what's going on along 11th St NW. In fine weather the patio benches at Wonderland Ballroom fill with locals enjoying libations. And it's pretty much the same scene on up the road at wine-pouring Room 11, beer-and-pool bar Meridian Pint and Italian-tinged Maple.

Need to Know


US dollar ($)




Generally not required for stays of up to 90 days; check www.state.gov/travel for details.


ATMs widely available. Credit cards accepted at most hotels, restaurants and shops.

Cell Phones

The only foreign phones that will work in the USA are multiband GSM models. Buy prepaid SIM cards or a cheap pay-as-you-go phone locally.


Eastern Standard Time (GMT/UTC minus five hours)

Plugs & Adaptors

Plugs have two vertical pins; electrical current is 120V. Overseas visitors will need an adapter and maybe a transformer.


Expected at most places. Restaurant servers 15% to 20%. Bartenders 15% per round (minimum per drink $1). Porters $2 per bag. Housekeeping staff $2 to $5 per night. Taxi drivers 10% to 15%.

1Before You Go

Your Daily Budget

Budget: Less than $125

A Dorm bed: $30–55

A Lunchtime specials for food and happy-hour drinks: $15–30

A Metro day pass: $14.50

Midrange: $125–350

A Hotel or B&B double room: $150–275

A Dinner in a casual restaurant: $15–25

A Bicycle tour: $40

Top End: More than $350

A Luxury hotel double room: $400

A Dinner at Pineapple and Pearls: $280

A Washington National Opera ticket: $100–200

Useful Websites

Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/washington-dc) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveler forum and more.

Destination DC (www.washington.org) Official tourism site packed with sightseeing and event info.

Cultural Tourism DC (www.culturaltourismdc.org) Neighborhood-oriented events and tours.

Advance Planning

Three months Book your hotel, request a White House tour, try for tickets to the African American History and Culture Museum.

One month before Reserve tickets online for the National Archives, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Ford’s Theatre and Capitol tour.

Two weeks before Reserve ahead at your must-eat restaurants.

2Arriving in Washington, DC

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD; GOOGLE MAP ; www.flydulles.com) is in the Virginia suburbs, 26 miles west of DC. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA; GOOGLE MAP ; www.flyreagan.com) is 4.5 miles south of downtown in Arlington, VA. Dulles is bigger, but Reagan is more convenient, as it's closer and has a Metro stop.

From Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

Metro trains (around $2.60) depart every 10 minutes or so between 5am and midnight (to 3am Friday and Saturday); they reach the city center in 20 minutes. A taxi is $15 to $22.

From Washington Dulles International Airport

The Silver Line Express bus runs every 15 to 20 minutes from Dulles to Wiehle-Reston East Metro between 6am and 10:40pm (from 7:45am weekends). Total time to the city center is 60 to 75 minutes, total cost around $11. A taxi is $62 to $73.

From Union Station


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