Washington D.C.

Follow in the footsteps of world leaders and take in iconic monuments, world-class museums, and Japanese cherry blossoms. Welcome to one of the most powerful cities in the world.

What would it mean to have a city named after you? That would depend on the city in question. The world remembers Fred W. Collins of Collins, Mississippi, quite differently than the first president of the United States. Washington, D.C. is a name known the world over as a seat of government and city full of monumental Greek Revival buildings supported by striking white columns. Like the nation, however, there are plenty more things to do in Washington, D.C. than meet the eye.

What does meet the eye? If it’s spring, gorgeous pink blossoms falling from the trees. In winter, a soft blanket of snow covers numerous memorials commemorating leaders, heroes, and fallen soldiers. These striking structures dominate the landscape; in fact, the number of national attractions is dizzying, but don’t worry about making time to see all of them. Most are right next to each other, and share space with the Smithsonian Museum at the National Mall.

Can you feel the power of a great nation humming beneath your feet? Follow that sensation to Capitol Hill to see where all three branches of U.S. government shape the nation and, in many ways, the world.

Still not sure what to do in Washington, D.C.? Do as the presidents do: eat, eat, eat. At least, that’s what it looks like they do when the political paparazzi follows them to Fiola Mare or Ben’s Chili Bowl. Another delightful culinary surprise? The city has the largest Ethiopian population outside of Africa, so enjoy Inerja bread and Ga’at and plenty more at the various places to eat in Washington, D.C.

History, politics, and good eats. Our Washington, D.C. vacation packages bring them all to your fingertips—and your feet. Book them before they fade away like an unratified bill on Capitol Hill.