Vacation rental apartments in Washington, DC

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Calvert Street Cottage - Private English basement
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Entire apartment · 3 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath

Calvert Street Cottage - Private English basementIdyllic, walkable location near Woodley Park Metro and Adams Morgan streetlife. Calvert Street Cottage has been thoughtfully designed to meet every guest's need. The 840 Sq. Ft. English basement studio has a fully stocked kitchen, large bathroom with walk-in shower and in-unit washer and dryer. You might be tempted to stay-in with all the thoughtful touches. But all DC has to offer is a short walk, bike, or metro ride away. Ideal for one night or extended stays.

High-end Shaw suite w/ parking: early in, late out
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Entire apartment · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath

High-end Shaw suite w/ parking: early in, late outHigh-end suite with private entrance & secure parking. We allow early check-in & late check-out to fully enjoy your visit, with keyless entry. We are steps away from Convention Center, National Mall, Shaw, Chinatown, Blagdan Alley, Union Market, NoMa, & Logan Circle. We provide all the details so you don’t have to worry: complimentary toiletries; high-speed WiFi, cable, TV streaming, smart hub. Please request parking at time of booking, if needed.

Private&ProfClean Cap Hill Apt Close to Everything
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Entire apartment · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath

Private&ProfClean Cap Hill Apt Close to EverythingProfessionally cleaned & private entrance. Enjoy a respite in a charming English basement ideally located in historic Capitol Hill. Stay in the vibrant Eastern Market neighborhood, steps from the Capitol, National Mall, & stellar restaurants! Walking distance to Barracks Row, Yards Park, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, & Navy Yard. Relax after a long day on a pillow top king size bed while streaming your fave shows (w/sub) on a smart tv, and enjoying lots of amenities. Please no smokers and no pets.

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  • Air conditioning
  • Pool

Where to stay in Washington

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Stay near Washington's top sights

Union Market
Market · 469 locals recommend
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Lots of food options! This is an indoor food hall with outside and rooftop seating. The hall has two retail shops. You have your choice of ramen, takorean, acai bowl, bagels, etc!

Karina
Karina· Washington, DC
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    Spacious 1bd in Trendy Capital Hill North
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    Cozy, Private Unit + Free Gated Parking
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    Private One-Bedroom Condo in Trendy NoMa
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    Private, Clean and Spacious Trinidad Suite
National Mall
Park · 364 locals recommend
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Take the S bus, metro or ride-share a short way to the National Mall. If this is your first visit to DC, plan to spend the day at the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, US Capitol Building, the Jefferson Memorial and others.

Craig
Craig· Baltimore, MD
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    One Bedroom +den, in the heart of Capitol Hill
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    Capitol Hill's perfect location! Bright & clean!
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    Modern and Very Private Space - Capitol Hill
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    Charming King Bed Studio Close to Capitol
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Science Museum · 224 locals recommend
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The National Air and Space museum administered by the Smithsonian Institution, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., United States. It has free admission and is open 364 days a year.

Rodney
Rodney· Washington, DC
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    CAPITOL HILL Studio steps away from Union Station
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    Historic Home Next to Capitol, Walk to Everything
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    Historic Townhouse -- Front row to the Capitol!
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    Cozy 1 BR Apartment in Navy Yard/Capitol Hill

Tips from Washington locals

Get advice about the city from the people who know it best. Local hosts share their tips and recommendations for travelers like you.

What should I pack?

Bring a variety of layers I would definitely recommend packing in layers. temperatures can vary wildly - from 50f to 90f+ in one day. i would recommend bringing at least a sweater.

Amanda
AmandaLives in D.C.

What should I book before I arrive?

Some museums and tourist sites Get tickets for the african american history museum online with timed entries and get there early (or hit the museum late in the day (3-5) when crowds are thinner; the white house, the capitol (through your congressperson) if a us citizen; some popular restaurants (use open table); nats or caps games (although some day before, nosebleed seats are available at cheap prices); shows at the local theaters, etc.

Lisa
LisaLives in D.C.

Bible museum & washington monument While tickets are free, they must be reserved in advance. make sure to have them booked and to show up for the time slot on your ticket or you might not get in.

Amanda
AmandaLives in D.C.

What should I not miss?

Shows and performances at the atlas theater. Visit their website or simply walk to the theater to inquire about viewings.

James
JamesLives in D.C.

Bus boy's and poets - poetry, karaoke, social hour You can enjoy brunch, poetry reading, books along with their monthly youth open mic. good luck finding parking it is usually hectic on a busy night. try catching lyft/uber instead!

Michelle
MichelleLives in D.C.

How can I save money on this trip?

There are an abundance of activities to participate in that require minimal fees. The daily newspaper is a god source of information to find out what is going on in the city and where. also use your google search to find what is close.

Princess
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Traveling with kids

Metro rails do have elevator access for families traveling with strollers and other carriers. Consult with metro employees to get directions or information about accommodations.

James
JamesLives in D.C.

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All About Washington DC

The lure of Washington, DC, is no doubt in its role as a living museum of American history, packed with monuments showcasing the nation’s greatest leaders (from Abraham Lincoln to Martin Luther King Jr.) as well as museums honoring the diversity of our nation (such as the National Museum of the American Indian and the National Museum of African American History and Culture). But beyond the historical and cultural landmarks is a city filled with a vibrant street life all its own, whether you’re in trendy NoMa, historic Logan Circle, green-space haven Woodley Park, or eclectic Adams Morgan.

How do I get around Washington?

With three area airports, domestic and international flights to the US capital are plentiful. The closest to the city is Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), just three miles away from the National Mall. Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is 26 miles to the west in the Virginia suburbs, and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is 35 miles to the northeast in Maryland. Trains arrive into Union Station from major East Coast cities (the trip from New York’s Penn Station takes less than four hours, with departures about once an hour), and various companies run bus services. Traffic in and out of the city can become daunting, especially on the Capital Beltway — the 64-mile loop of Interstate 495 around the metro area. (Driving tip: One of the most picturesque entry points is via the Arlington Memorial Bridge.) Within the city, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s color-coded Metro train system makes it easy to zip around, and cabs, rideshares, bikeshares, and scooter rentals are also readily available. Parking can be challenging at times, but there are street meters and garages.

When is the best time to book a Washington vacation rental?

DC is best known for its spring, when its show of blooms is celebrated with the National Cherry Blossom Festival in late March and early April. Temperatures tend to hit highs in the mid-60s Fahrenheit then, with lows in the 40s. October brings the same weather, but with fall foliage and nippy breezes. Summers are humid (no, it’s not because the city is built on a swamp — that’s simply folklore). Muggy temperatures in the 80s can feel icky, so opt for lightweight clothes and sunscreen. Winters tend to be the low travel season since temperatures float between the 20s and 40s. Always keep an eye out for rain, as precipitation is spread throughout the year.

What are the top things to do in Washington?

National Mall

The epicenter of American pride is no doubt this two-mile-long stretch of open space, with the Lincoln Memorial on the west, Capitol Hill on the east, the White House to the north, Jefferson Memorial to the south, and the 555-foot-tall Washington Monument in the center. Other notable sites include the Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Also peppered along the way are several of the Smithsonian museums (all with free admission), including the National Air and Space Museum, National Portrait Gallery, and National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Georgetown

In DC’s oldest neighborhood, stroll along the waterfront walkways of both the Potomac River and C&O Canal and enjoy the restaurants and nightlife, perhaps at the tavern where John F. Kennedy proposed to Jacqueline Kennedy in 1953 or a 1960s-era jazz club modeled after ones from the 1920s.

Dupont Circle

This lively neighborhood for shopping, dining, and nightlife is named after its center, a metropolitan traffic circle with a fountain and a new underground art space. Dupont Circle is also the perfect starting point for a self-guided tour along the quarter’s Embassy Row.

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