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Vacation rental apartments in Washington, DC

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Top-rated apartments in Washington, DC

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Modern APT In Heart of DuPont Circle!
Entire rental unit · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath

Modern APT In Heart of DuPont Circle!Bright and private apartment located in the heart of Dupont Circle. You can walk to the country's biggest attractions or go down the block to see countless options for food. The apartment is a studio apartment with internet included and a smart tv with all of the streaming apps you could ask for for entertainment. It has a queen bed, bathroom, a full kitchen, and a washer/dryer (in the building).

Lofty DC Sanctuary at U/14th Shaw on Swann St.
Entire rental unit · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath

Lofty DC Sanctuary at U/14th Shaw on Swann St.Luxurious, private and comfortable retreat in the heart of the most bustling part of DC in the U Street/14 Street corridor. Steps to the best of city living, while on one of the most beautiful, quiet streets in DC, enjoy this award winning, sunny 1 BR flat. Gorgeous finishes and thoughtful touches throughout. Beautiful modern renovation to historic brick walled home.

Truxten Getaway with Views
Private room · 3 guests · 1 bed · 1 private bath

Truxten Getaway with ViewsKEY Points to note: - Queen size bed - Full-size kitchen w/APEC water filtration dispenser, microwave, stove/oven, and all the necessary utensils - Panoramic view of Washington DC and monuments/private roof deck. - A Private bathroom, located directly next to your room.

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Popular apartment amenities in Washington, DC

  • Kitchen
  • Wifi
  • Free parking on premises
  • Air conditioning
  • Pool

Where to stay in Washington

Locals share their top neighborhood recommendations to help you find the one to call home for your trip.

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Dupont Circle
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Logan Circle
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Downtown Silver Spring

Stay near Washington's top sights

Union Market
Market · 488 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· Washington, DC
    1. Entire townhouse
    2. Washington
    Location...Location...(Metro 2 blocks)
    R961 ZAR per night
    1. Entire condominium (condo)
    2. Washington
    Private One-Bedroom Condo in Trendy NoMa
    R1,475 ZAR per night
    1. Entire guest suite
    2. Washington
    English basement conveniently on Capitol Hill
    R1,741 ZAR per night
    1. Entire rental unit
    2. Washington
    Remodeled 1 Bedroom , Amazing Location
    R1,433 ZAR per night
National Mall
Park · 370 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· Baltimore, MD
    1. Entire rental unit
    2. Washington
    L'Uccellino - Sunny Capitol Hill Retreat
    R1,446 ZAR per night
    1. Entire rental unit
    2. Washington
    Charming Studio in Historic Capitol Hill Rowhouse
    R1,216 ZAR per night
    1. Entire residential home
    2. Washington
    Capitol Hill close-in 1BR, sleeps 4, newly updated
    R1,667 ZAR per night
    1. Entire rental unit
    2. Washington
    Location, Location, Location - US Capitol & more
    R1,608 ZAR per night
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Science Museum · 225 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· Washington, DC
    1. Entire rental unit
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    STUNNING CAPITOL HILL Apt Steps from Union Station
    R1,460 ZAR per night
    1. Entire townhouse
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    Historic Home Next to Capitol, Walk to Everything
    R2,461 ZAR per night
    1. Entire rental unit
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    Pleasant Navy Yard Gem w/ Rooftop Pool, Patio, Gym
    R1,739 ZAR per night
    1. Entire rental unit
    2. Washington
    Exquisite 1bed Suite @ the Wharf | Waterfront | DC
    R1,713 ZAR per night

Top-rated things to do in Washington

Unique activities hosted by local experts vetted for quality

  • Washington DC After Dark Bike Tour
    This evening bike tour takes you to the National Mall and Potomac Tidal Basin when the monuments are less crowded, the air is cooler, and the views are magnificent. In the dark, we'll explore the new WWII memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, FDR Memorials and the new Martin Luther King Jr memorial!
    From Price:R723 / person
  • Twilight DC Tour w/Transportation
    Visit 10-iconic Washington DC landmarks in three hours! Explore Washington DC with a professional tour guide on this three hour night tour. We will go over the history of Washington DC with you and give you details about each of the iconic landmarks that we stop at. You will be dropped off and picked back up as close to each of the sites as possible. You will have plenty of time to walk around each site and to take photos. We will stop at these ten iconic sites. - United States Capitol Building - White House - World War II Memorial - Washington Monument - Jefferson Memorial - Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial - Lincoln Memorial - Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool - Korean War Veterans Memorial - Vietnam Veterans Memorial Pick up and drop off is at the Washington Grand Hyatt. You will meet your guide in front of the Starbucks at 11th and H St NW and board a 15 passenger high roof transit van that will transport you to 10-iconic Washington DC landmarks. Interested in a private tour? Check out some of our private tour options. Check out the great photos taken on our tours.
    From Price:R1,181 / person
  • Tarot with a therapy dog
    GREAT FOR CORPORATE TEAMS, BACHELORETTE PARTIES, BIRTHDAYs, HAPPY HOUR, FRIENDS GET TOGETHER. Contact me for additional availability and large group pricing. 5 star rated team experience by Apple, Google, Facebook, Pinterest, Amazon, Redfin, Yelp, LinkedIn and many others. Only tarot experience delivered by a consultant with the trio of skills of Certified Tarot Consultant, Intuitive, Certified coach, and MBA backed up by 20+ years of experience and certified in many leadership modalities. Experience a fun, new way to connect with co-workers or friends. Come on a trip around the world of tarot, learn about the cards. We will begin with an icebreaker then learn a brief history of tarot, how the deck is constructed and how it has been used throughout the ages. Then, I will guide you in a guided meditation to get in touch with your intuition. Each participant in the group that wants one will get an individual reading. This is not the spooky tarot from the movies but Consciousness tarot, one that enlightens, inspires and motivates. And no worries about making anyone uncomfortable during the readings, I am a former corporate executive and my experience is P&P's savvy done in good cheer and taste. Pricing is per person, not device.
    From Price:R502 / person
  • WASHINGTON DC PASEO tour español
    Caminata en National Mall. Un recorrido para conocer las principales atracciones, históricas y lugares de esta bella ciudad. Impresionantes paisajes y vista de la capital de los Estados Unidos de América. Recorremos los monumentos más importantes y conocidos de la ciudad, apreciaremos algunos de los visitados Museos del Smithsonian. Conversaremos sobre la interesante historia de esta peculiar ciudad.
    From Price:R428 / person
  • Explore the Street Art of DC / NoMa
    Welcome to DC Mural Tour! The only 5 Star street art / mural tour in Washington D.C. FALL HIATUS: DC Mural Tour will be on hiatus from September 8 - 18 in order for your host to focus on the DC Walls! mural festival. Please check their website for events and free tours! You'll start by exploring the street art and murals of the NoMa neighborhood. You'll discover new and old pieces and learn more about the artists and art scene in DC. Afterwards we'll venture to the vibrant Union Market District for more murals. You'll see more than 20 murals! We end the tour at Union Market, a vibrant food hall with plenty of outdoor space for food, drink, and people watching. Be prepared to walk in any weather. Bring comfortable shoes and possibly sunscreen, a raincoat, or an umbrella. And don't forget your camera! This tour is great for teams, great for groups, and perfect for team-building. If you do not see a date/time that work for you, I am happy to arrange a tour anytime. Must have a minimum of five guests for a private tour. Contact me with inquiries. The tour lasts approximately 2 hours.
    From Price:R473 / person

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

PrincessLives in D.C.

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.

JamesLives in D.C.

Your guide to Washington

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 stay in a vacation rental in Washington?

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.


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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