Washington, D.C.

Washington, USA
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Climate & Best time to visit Washington

Climate in Washington:

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Best time to visit Washington:

Spring (March to May):

  • Spring is a popular time to visit Washington, D.C., as the city's famous cherry blossoms typically bloom in late March to early April, creating a stunning and picturesque display around the Tidal Basin. The weather is mild, and it's an ideal time for exploring the city's iconic monuments and museums. The National Cherry Blossom Festival, held during this season, features various cultural events and parades.

Summer (June to August):

  • Summer is the peak tourist season in D.C. The weather is hot and humid, with temperatures often exceeding 90°F (32°C). This is the best time for outdoor events, including free concerts on the National Mall and various festivals. However, be prepared for crowds and consider making reservations for popular attractions like the Smithsonian museums.

Fall (September to November):

  • Fall in Washington, D.C., offers pleasant weather with cooler temperatures, making it a comfortable time for sightseeing and exploring the city. The foliage in nearby parks and neighborhoods turns vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow. The crowds begin to thin out after the summer rush, making it a more relaxed experience.

Winter (December to February):

  • Winter is the least crowded time to visit D.C., and hotel rates tend to be lower. While the weather can be chilly, it rarely gets extremely cold, with temperatures typically ranging from 30°F to 50°F (-1°C to 10°C). This is an excellent time to explore indoor attractions like the Smithsonian museums, the Library of Congress, and the U.S. Capitol. The city is also beautifully decorated during the holiday season.

Note on Government Shutdowns:

  • Keep in mind that Washington, D.C., is the seat of the U.S. government, and occasional government shutdowns can impact the availability of certain attractions and services. It's a good idea to check the status of government operations before your trip, especially if you plan to visit government-run museums and monuments.

Money & Prices

Currency in United States of America:

U.S. dollar (USD)

How expensive is a trip to Washington?

Eating out:
Simple meal:
22.56 USD
Fast food meal:
11.95 USD
Mid-range meal:
45.17 USD
Bottle of water:
1.73 USD
Soft drink:
2.52 USD
Cappuccino:
5.69 USD
Local Beer:
8.61 USD
Transportation:
Public transport - one way ticket:
2.55 USD
Taxi - 1km:
2.44 USD
Accommodation:
Refer to the Hotels section for the most up-to-date accommodation prices.
* Prices are approximate. Make sure to check the latest exchange rates when planning your trip.

General information

United States of America general information:

Electricity:
Voltage: 120 V, Frequency: 60 Hz
Sockets:
  • Type A (North American/Japanese 2-pin)
  • Type B (American 3-pin)

Visa & Travel Requirements

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