Do you have business in the nation’s capital? Or, maybe you want to be a tourist in Washington D.C. this weekend. Either way, flights to Washington have never been easier. Book with Epic Airways for a charter flight direct to an FBO at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (airport code: DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (airport code: IAD), or Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (airport code: BWI). We fly nonstop for a fast commute so you can enjoy your time at your destination.
Things to do in Washington D.C.
Even if you’re there on business, you should find time to visit some of the historical landmarks, many of which are free to tour. There is so much to do here, you may be tempted to move just to see it all. If you’re looking for a top ten list, we couldn’t stop until 16, and we didn’t even list all of the great things to see just outside of D.C., like Mount Vernon or Arlington National Cemetery. While in D.C., do not miss these must-see experiences:
- 4th of July – Celebrating Independence Day in the capital is unlike any other July 4th event you’ve ever attended. You need to do this at least once in your lifetime.
- Ford’s Theatre – The site of Lincoln’s assassination, this preserved site presents exhibits and live theatre.
- Jefferson Memorial – This iconic memorial was modeled after the Pantheon of Rome.
- Library of Congress – This institution offers concerts, lectures, exhibits, and more. You can even do some research in the Reading Rooms.
- Lincoln Memorial – Another site overseen by the National Park Service, this is one of the most photographed spots in D.C.
- National Cherry Blossom Festival – Yes, this is one of the busiest times of year in D.C., but it’s worth it. They typically peak in late-March or early-April.
- National Gallery of Art – From cartoons to pop art, from Renaissance to Raphael, this art museum expands your aesthetics in meaningful ways.
- National Mall – Walk in the footsteps of history. More than 100 monuments and memorials grace the grounds of this reflective site, including the iconic FDR statue.
- National Museum of African American History and Culture – A Smithsonian museum where you’ll discover rich histories through exhibits and events.
- Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum – Educational exhibits and events have never been so much fun. It’s out of this world!
- Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History – This world-class exhibition will make you want to spend a night at the museum! Discover the natural world through exhibits and events.
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum – This profound museum welcomes international and U.S. visitors to commemorate the lives lost through one of history’s longest and darkest hours through exhibits and events.
- U.S. Capitol – This historic campus covers more than 18 million square feet across 570 beautiful acres.
- Vietnam Veterans Memorial – The Vietnam Wall has become a destination to reflect, remember, and honor the 58,318 Americans who gave their all in the line of duty.
- Washington Monument – This 555-foot marble obelisk was constructed to honor America’s first president. It is one of the most iconic structures in the country.
- White House – The White House is the home and workplace of the President of the United States. Reservations made well in advance are necessary to tour.
Favorite Food & Drink Options
You’ll work up an appetite seeing the sights of the nation’s capital. Don’t worry – we know the best places to grab a bite.
- Butter Me Up – This breakfast stop will start your day off right, and they serve until 3:00 pm for you late sleepers.
- The Dabney – Looking for a romantic restaurant? Delicious food and a cozy vibe make this place a couples’ favorite.
- Founding Fathers – Just 3 blocks from the White House and owned by American family farmers, you’ll find delicious staples for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They also offer a weekend brunch.
- Gypsy Kitchen – An international flair in décor and the kitchen makes this a favorite for Mediterranean tastes. Charm, vibe, and flavor!
- Le Diplomate – Although some feel it’s a little expensive, all agree it’s worth it. The French café culture offers a European vibe, and the bouillabaisse will convince you you’ve crossed the Atlantic.
- Occidental – Historic and iconic, the Occidental has served its classic American cuisine to thousands of celebrity guests as you’ll see by the walls filled with signed celebrity portraits.
- Old Ebbitt Grill – Ebbitt’s was founded in 1856 and is the oldest saloon in Washington. Besides serving exceptional fare, the charm and character of this establishment offer a feast of their own. It’s simply fun. Ebbitt’s had several locations before landing at its present spot and has had the pleasure of serving the likes of President McKinley, Ulysses S. Grant, Andrew Johnson, Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt, and Warren Harding.
- The Well Dressed Burrito – Looking for a cheap but delicious meal? Diners love the fresh Tex-Mex cuisine and the price!
Where to Stay in Washington D.C.
There are thousands of hotel rooms and other accommodations in D.C. for every budget. If you feel like treating yourself to something on the high end, these standouts never disappoint.
- The Hay-Adams – Awarded “Best Hotel in Washington” by Travel & Leisure in 2020, you’ll find The Hay-Adams ticks every box for luxury.
- The Jefferson – Built in 1923, this is a jewel among historic hotels.
- The Ritz-Carlton – Neoclassical architecture sets the stage for luxury amenities and spacious accommodations.
- The Willard Intercontinental – Dubbed the “residence of presidents,” The Willard offers luxury stays and delicious dining. History factor? Wow!
When is the best time to visit Washington?
Right now! Actually, if you’re going for a vacation, you may want to plan for cherry blossoms or warm weather. The best times to visit are in the spring and fall. However, even a long, cool night in December can be magical in the District of Columbia.
Best Way to Travel to D.C.
Epic Airways has you covered. Yes, you can fly the airlines to Washington, wait in long lines and be squeezed in next to your seatmates, or you can take a private or charter flight on one of our pristine aircraft. We fly out of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, but we can easily pick you up in Orlando or Daytona – or whatever is most convenient for you. If you’re traveling with kids, all the better. We frequently fly families to their vacation destinations in comfort and style with plenty of room for baggage.
Washington D.C. Webcams
- National Mall from the top of the Washington Monument
- Washington D.C. Capitol and Union Station
- Washington Monument
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Ready to plan your trip to Washington? Contact Epic Airways to book a flight now!
Washington D.C. has a humid subtropical climate. Temperatures range from 28 (F) to 46 in winter, 56 to 75 in spring and fall, and from 71 to 88 in summer. Check the forecast before you pack.
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