Car Hire Comparison for Washington, D.C.
Spending too much on a Washington car rental is a Capital offense! Read our important info before you rent...
Washington, D.C. is the capital city of the United States of America and the home of many of its governmental institutions and agencies. The President of the United States lives and works in this city, and the U.S. Congress holds its meetings (or "sessions") here to debate and vote on laws.
Washington is also home to over 630 thousand residents. Another 400 thousand people travel into this city during the work week. The District of Columbia in which Washington is located is an area separate from the neighboring states of Maryland and Virginia, and Washington is the only city within it. Combined, the cities near Washington have another 5 million people. Washington was named after the war hero General and 1st President, George Washington.
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Why book a Washington car rental?If you'll be in Washington on a business trip, an educational field trip or just for family vacation time, it's a very good idea to book a rental car to drive during your stay.
D.C. is a great place to have a cheap car rental, because there are hundreds of things to see and hundreds more to do.
At VroomVroomVroom, we can show you all the available rental cars, trucks and SUVs in Washington, and you can compare prices and find exactly the type of vehicle you want to book as a rental for your trip!
It's easy and wise to use our service, and here's more info on why that's so important…
You'll also enjoy these benefits when you find and book a cheap car rental Washington at VroomVroomVroom:
- Book your rental car early and you can get a great deal!
- No cancellation fees -- there's no penalty if you need to cancel!
- You can always feel safe, because your personal information is protected by our secure website and its Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption software!
- We'll match any price using our Price Promise! (Check the Price Promise page to get the details.)
It's advisable to have your own car rental to get around the nation's capital because D.C. traffic can be a real pain. And the public transportation, while very well-organized and easy to access, is often packed!
This is because
over 1/3 of Washington, D.C., commuters take public transportation – and as the
locals will tell you, it's to avoid the traffic jams! Studies show that drivers
in Washington spend over 70 hours every year in traffic delays – this is 2nd
only to Chicago for worst gridlock! (And that isn't even a political joke!)
Here's more information all about Washington, D.C.!
If you're traveling to Washington for business, or if you're going on vacation, you may already know that the United States federal government accounts for about 29% of employment in this city. But this is not all -- many other businesses, such as law firms, civilian and defense independent contractors, non-profit organizations, lobbyists and unions are based in the D.C. metropolitan area to do business with the government.
The 2nd largest industry in town is tourism! That's not surprising is it? Many people think about Washington and envision people visiting the Washington Monument, walking the steps at the Lincoln Memorial, or taking a picture outside one of the famed government buildings! In 2012, nearly 19 million visitors came to see the sights in D.C., and they spent billions of dollars! Will you spend a little money or a lot when you go to Washington? It's up to you, but we hope that VroomVroomVroom can save you a lot of money when you book a car rental for your Washington visit!!
World War II Memorial and Washington Monument panorama, Photographed by Geoff Parsons
Once you've picked up your rental car, you'll want to see everything that this fine American city has to offer. Most visitors to D.C. want to see the national monuments and government buildings. Architecturally speaking, there are 6 buildings in this city that every tourist (and every politician, too!) should see when they arrive in Washington. They are:
- The White House
- The Washington National Cathedral
- The Thomas Jefferson Memorial
- The United States Capitol
- The Lincoln Memorial
- The Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Using the cheap rental car you booked with us, it'll be easy to see other wonderful historic buildings in the areas outside of downtown Washington, as well. Your car rental allows you to drive throughout the District, or even to nearby cities like Alexandria, Virginia, or Arlington, Virginia. It's really up to you!
We recommend a trip in your car rental to the Washington neighborhood called Georgetown… there you can see the Old Stone House -- it was built in 1765, making it the oldest-standing original building in the capital city.
Here are some more interesting places to go in Washington, D.C.
Jump in your rental car and visit President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton and more political figures who await you in the White House... at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Washington!
Check out the imaginative works of French sculptor, Marie Tussaud, and her collection of wax figures that include singers, actors, athletes, and more. Take advantage of the many photo ops with famous celebrities such as Tiger Woods, the late Princess Diana of Wales, and Beyonce!
The best bar in the D.C. area is ChurchKey, near Logan Circle. Located at 1336 14th Street Northwest, on the 2nd floor, ChurchKey is a great stop if you want to knock back a cold one with your friends. With a full bar, happy hour, and a good waitstaff, this place has an awesome beer selection and great snacks. Be sure to try their homemade tater tots -- they're great!
Drive your car rental over to the National Geographic Museum in Washington D.C. and explore the many different learning exhibits, such as the new Terra Cotta Warrior Exhibition!
Take a drive in your rental car to the International Spy Museum in Washington. Come check out exhibits such as "School for Spies" and "The Secret History of History". Hope to see you there!
Around Washington D.C.
5 Things You Must do in Georgetown
First known as the Town of George, Georgetown sprang up from a tobacco port located on the Potomac River. The historic city is full of old style architecture, cultural diversity and engaging night life. Here are five things you should not miss if you visit Georgetown.
1. Take a barge ride down the G&O Canal- These barge tours are led by knowledgeable guides dressed in period clothing. If you don't like boats, you can also take a walking tour of the canal.
2. See the Kreeger Museum- This museum, the former home of Carmen and David Lloyd Kreeger, houses works of art created by artists such as Monet, Picasso and van Gough as well as Washington area artists.
3. Tour The Old Stone House- This home, built in 1765 is one of the oldest known buildings still standing in the country. The house commemorates the lives of the ordinary Americans who made our country great.
4. Visit Oak Hill Cemetery- This Victorian garden cemetery is full of extraordinary examples of funeral sculpture. Be sure not to miss the John Howard Payne Memorial, the marble statue of Bishop William Pinkney, or the Van Ness Mausoleum.
5. Climb the “Exorcist” steps- These 75 steps located at 36th street are the steps down which the protagonist was thrown at the climax of the horror film The Exorcist. The 1973 movie was set and partially filmed in the town of Georgetown.
Here are some trivia tidbits about our nation's capital!
Washington, D.C. Did You Know…
- That the Ronald Reagan Building is the biggest building in the area? How would you like to vacuum the carpets in a 3.1 million square foot building?
- That Washington D.C. was founded on July 16, 1790? The U.S. Constitution called for the creation of a special district to serve as the capital for the United States of America.
Best way to travel: Car
#1 thing to see: Lincoln Memorial
#2 thing to see: Washington Monument
#3 thing to see: White House
Fun Fact: In D.C., there's a law that says that no building within the district should be over 13 stories tall. This is so that wherever you are in Washington, you can still see the dome of the U.S. Capitol.
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