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.
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
Researching various official sources, we perceive the risk to holiday makers and travellers are as follows;
Top travel advice and interesting tip bits of information from experienced travellers.
- The legal drinking age in the USA is 21 years old. Please bear that in mind if you are planning any alcohol-based activities during your trip.
- Note that tipping is extremely common in the United States. All restaurants, taxi drivers, bars etc expect for customers to tip them approximately 15-20% of the total service, as tipping is the standard practice for employees to earn an income.
For the Emergency services just dial 911 from any phone.
Hospitals in Washington DC
George Washington University Hospital: +1 202-715-4000
Howard University Hospital: +1 202-865-6100
Sibley Memorial Hospital: +1 888-884-2327
DC Tourist Information Center: 202 347 7201.
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?
Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/
NBC Washington: https://www.nbcwashington.com/
Washington Times: http://www.washingtontimes.com
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 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 Events
4th July: https://www.pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth/
National Cherry Blossom Festival: https://cherryblossomwatch.com/national-cherry-blossom-festival/
Meridian Hill Drum Circle: https://washingtonparks.net/rhythm-in-the-park-drum-circle/
Capital Pride: https://www.capitalpride.org/
Memorial Day: https://washington.org/visit-dc/things-to-do-memorial-day-weekend-washington-dc
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