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Family friendly travelling in Washington

Most popular areas in Washington, D.C. for family-friendly hotels

The nation’s capital isn’t just a playground for power-brokers, it’s also a place of fascination and discovery for families. Downtown, you’ll find plenty of comfortable hotels with a stone’s throw of shops and restaurants, and you’ll just be a short stroll from taking a selfie by the White House itself. An alternative area to pick is Dupont Circle, where hotels stand amid embassies and boutiques, or you can go across the river to Arlington, famed for its iconic military cemetery and the resting place of JFK.

Top family-friendly hotels in Washington, D.C.

The Holiday Inn Washington-Capitol has sleek, smart guestrooms perfect for family travelers, and all members of your clan will want to take advantage of the free WiFi, as well as the rooftop swimming pool. Then there’s the Hamilton Crowne Plaza – Washington DC, with elegant rooms bedecked with dark wood furnishings and royal blue decor, as well as an on-site fitness center. The Dupont Circle Hotel has lodgings dotted with original artworks, as well as exclusive suites for true family indulgence if you really want to push the boat out.

Where to find the best restaurants in Washington, D.C.

The capital is known for its elegant, up-scale restaurants, but you can also find plenty of more casual eateries ideal for families. In the downtown district, you can chow down on pizzas and cheap, hearty pasta dishes, or perhaps grab some lip-smackingly sugary crepes on the go. Or, how about Union Market in the NoMa area? Wandering the food stalls, smelling the delicious aromas of sausage and fennel pies, slow-cooked brisket, and freshly-baked cornbread is a great experience in itself. Alternatively, simply head for the casual restaurants of Chinatown for a Far Eastern feast.

The most popular things to do in Washington, D.C.

The International Spy Museum is a thrillingly immersive experience, which adults and kids will love. As well as exhibiting real-life gadgets that wouldn’t be out of place in a Bond movie – think glove pistols and fountain pen cameras – the museum also chronicles the stories of espionage throughout the decades, and has an interactive spy game to test your skills as a covert agent. The National Air and Space Museum is truly out of this world, featuring the Apollo 11 command module and Moon rocks, not to mention Charles Lindbergh’s legendary plane, the Spirit of St. Louis. Then, go on an intergalactic journey in the Albert Einstein Planetarium. The gorillas, pandas, and majestic elephants of the National Zoo will beguile your whole family, while a trip to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, with its vast stone statue, is always a poignant experience.

Best ways to get around Washington, D.C.

Exploring the capital is no problem at all. The central areas are easily walkable, and you will certainly want to spend a lot of your time on foot – particularly in areas like the National Mall. Uber taxis are easily obtained as well, or you can make use of the sleek and efficient Metrorail network, which criss-crosses the city. And don’t forget the Circulator buses which run between major attractions.

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