Washington DC

Washington DC
8th April 2021 Safer Travel

Washington DC

Washington DC, the capital of the United States of America, is considered one of the most famous cities in the world and resides the most powerful man in the world, the president. With famous historical landmarks such as Capitol Hill and the White House, it is a sight to behold for any travel goers.

Foreign & Commonwealth Office
British Embassy Washington
3100 Massachusetts Ave NW
DC 20008
United States
+1 202 588 6500.
Road to the capitol building


Before visiting any town or city make sure you know the basics. General details and important information.

  • Emergency Services: 911
  • Language: English
  • Currency: US Dollar
  • Country Code: USA
  • Travel Visa: ESTA
  • Population: 5,378,000

Risk Level

Researching various official sources, we perceive the risk to holiday makers and travellers are as follows;

Overall Risk 55%
Pickpickets 50%
Mugging 55%
Common Crimes 55%

Travellers Tips

Top travel advice and interesting tip bits of information from experienced travellers.


For the Emergency services just dial 911 from any phone.

Hospitals in Washington DC

Tourist Offices

DC Tourist Information Center202 347 7201.



Travelling Around

Washington DC has two major airports and one major train station. The train station itself was designed by famous architect Daniel Burnham.

Washington DC Safety

  • What is the weather like?

    In the middle of summer, around July and August, can get very humid. However, in January and February, it also snows quite a lot. If you are visiting Washington, pack accordingly as the weather here can vary greatly.

  • Where can I keep up with local news?
  • Are there any unsafe areas?

    The general tourist areas are generally quite safe, however take care if you venture into Northeast or Southeast Washington.

  • What are some top safety tips?

    As Washington DC is a very large city, and streets can be very populated and busy be on the eye out for pickpockets, keep personal belongings close to you in spaces such as tourist attractions, subways and stations.

    The legal drinking age in America is 21, and anyone who is caught under the influence under the age of 21 is liable for prosecution and deportation. I know this is an annoyance to any young adults, so it may be best to drink as much as possible before leaving and make the most of the trip.

Annual Events

Annual events allow a city come together for some amazing experiences. If visiting at this time, make sure you have your accommodation booked and are always aware of your surroundings when travelling around.

Washington DC Highlights

  • What are some of the most famous places?

    United States Capitol: legendary home of the U.S. legislature

    The White House: iconic home of America’s president

    Lincoln Memorial: marble monument to the 16th president

    Washington Monument: towering tribute to George Washington

    Smithsonian Institution Offices: vast museum, zoo & research complex

    Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: exhibit-filled trip across the universe