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Flights to Washington DC

There's a lot more to this great capital than the White House

When you take one of our flights to Washington DC, you'll see it has some incredible iconic buildings, like Capitol Hill and the White House. And yes, there's a chance that you might even get to see the President.

But whatever you do, don't forget to make time for all the other brilliant sights that DC has to offer. See the original Declaration of Independence at the US National Archives, take a tram ride through the 446-acre Arboretum and catch a gig at the legendary 9:30 Club. And that's just for starters.

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Celebrate spring DC style

In late March and early April, the city is the setting for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, a fortnight of performances, exhibitions and events among a sea of flowers. Thrifty travellers can enjoy plenty more free activities in the city.

A real treasure trove

The National Museum of American History, known to locals as 'America's attic', houses hidden treasures as diverse as Dorothy's ruby red slippers and the original Star Spangled Banner. When you're done, check out some more history in DC.

Celebrity pandas

The National Zoological Park is fantastic – and free. Giant pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian are the zoo's most famous residents, but there are 2,000 other animals to meet, too. We've got plenty of tips about Washington's hidden side on our blog.

Check out the view

For an alternative view of the city, visitors in the know skip the Washington Monument and head to one of these rooftop bars. Head to our blog for the inside scoop on the city's late night culture

Take a moment

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be a poignant part of your visit. Pay your respects and share stories with the countless relatives who come here to remember.

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Local information

Airport guide

Before you set off, take a look at our Washington Dulles International Airport guide.

Flight duration

The flight time to Washington DC from London Heathrow is approximately 8 hours and 15 minutes.

Visa information

Visit our dedicated US visa page, where you'll find lots of useful information on the travel documents you'll need.

Local currency

The currency in Washington DC is the US Dollar (USD).

Local transport

Washington has a good metro and bus system, but it's also one of the easiest cities to walk around in the US. See more Washington travel information.

Electricity

The electricity supply is 120 volts in Washington DC. Standard British plugs will need an adapter.