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If you’re planning a trip to Washington, D.C., the nearest airport to the nation’s capital is Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), also known as National Airport. Located in Arlington County, Virginia, the airport is about 3 miles south from downtown Washington. There, you can experience the many important historical attractions and monuments that evoke America’s rich heritage.

Washington DC Travel Guide

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

While US Airways is National Airport’s largest carrier, others include Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Sun Country Airlines, United and Virgin America. When you arrive at the airport, you’ll be directed to go to a particular terminal to claim your baggage. Head to level two, Terminal A if you arrived on Air Canada, Frontier, Sun Country or Southwest. If you used Alaska, Delta, JetBlue or United carriers, you should go to Terminal A on level two. If you were a passenger on American or Virgin American, you’ll need to go down to the first level and claim your luggage at Terminal C. Besides a variety of eateries and shops, the airport also has a post office, animal relief areas, a foreign currency exchange and ATM machines.

From the airport, you have easy access to the subway’s yellow and blue lines via Terminals B and C. Likewise, you can rent a car at the airport or take a taxi to downtown Washington for about $15.

Attractions in Washington D.C.

Washington, D.C., abounds with amazing places to visit, including the network of Smithsonian museums, the National Zoo, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the United States Botanic Garden and the Hillwood Museum and Gardens. For a scenic and grand view of the Washington and Lincoln Monuments, the War Memorial and the Reflecting Pool, take a stroll down the National Mall where the grandeur of the US Capitol building looms in the background. In addition, enjoy the city’s attractions from the convenience of one of many nearby upscale hotels in the heart of the downtown area known as Chinatown.

Hints and Tips for Visiting Washington D.C.

If you visit Washington, D.C., during the summer, don’t miss the impressive US Marines Sunset Parade, although you’ll need to make advance reservations. Early spring brings the Cherry Blossom Festival to the city, and Memorial Day features ceremonies, a concert by the National Symphony Orchestra and a parade. You can always catch a show at Ford’s Theatre, The National Theatre or Shakespeare Theatre Company. The city has all types of restaurants as well, from upscale, full-service eateries where a couple can enjoy a steak or seafood dinner for about $100 to less formal types featuring a variety of ethnic and American dishes for about $40 a couple.

If you’re traveling to the city on business, contact your congressman ahead of time to schedule a free tour of the US Capitol Building. The nearby Library of Congress’ three gorgeous buildings are also freely open to the public. Regarding the city's climate, springtime can be chilly, with average temperatures in the mid-50s, so dress warmly. As for late summer, expect the weather to get hot and humid as temperatures hit the upper 80s.

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A visit to the centerpiece of American democracy, Washington, D.C., can be the travel experience of a lifetime. Not only are vacations to the capital city of the United States memorable, a trip to Washington, D.C., will leave a formidable impression that you'll be talking about for years.  Washington city guide

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