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Useful information on Washington, District of Columbia
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.
Reasons to book a car rental in Washington with VroomVroomVroom
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!
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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 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.
Interesting PlacesThe Smithsonian Institution is the place to go if you like museums. It contains around a dozen ranging from the National Portrait Gallery, to the National Museum of the American Indian, to the National Zoo. The National Aquarium is said to be one of the best in the USA.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum traces the story of Jewish persecution under the Nazi regime from its beginnings in 1933 to liberation in 1945. And, for anyone who's ever dreamed of being a secret agent, the International Spy Museum will have you enthralled with the craft, practice, history and contemporary role of espionage.
Bookworms might appreciate that it's also the home of the world's largest library - the Library of Congress - with 26 million books, films, documents and photographs. Though books, Government, embassies, and corporations aside, Washington D.C. is also a lively city, with abundant culture and nightlife.
Where to GoIn the heart of the city, you'll find the National Mall. This large, open area features numerous monuments to American leaders and connects the White House and the United States Capitol.
World-class performers take the stage at the highly acclaimed Kennedy Center. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts hosts the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera, the Washington Ballet, and a variety of other musical and stage performances
National Gallery of Art - The West Wing features a collection of international masterpieces from the 13th to the 19th century, while the East Wing houses a modern collection of 20th century art.
Notable local music clubs include Madam's Organ Blues Bar in Adams Morgan; the Eighteenth Street Lounge in the Dupont Circle district; and the Black Cat, the 9:30 Club, and the Bohemian Caverns jazz club, all in the U Street NW area. The U Street area actually contains more than two dozen bars, clubs, and restaurants that feature jazz either nightly or several times a week.
Dupont Circle - This neighborhood is a wonderful mix of grand mansions, art galleries, sidewalk cafés and unique museums, including the Textile Museum, Woodrow Wilson House and the Phillips Collection.
Into shopping? And what about eating? Georgetown is a historic area that's also a shopper's and diner's delight with renowned restaurants, cafés and unique shops.
For outdoor fun, kayak the Potomac River as it winds along the elegant marble tributes to America's great leaders. Northwest of Washington D.C., enjoy a hike or picnic along the Potomac River in McLean in an 800-acre park.
For more ideas or information about Washington D.C and its surroundings, pop into the Visitors Center located in the Ronald Reagan Building.
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!!
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.
Washington, D.C. is served by three major airports, two of them located in suburban Virginia and one located in Maryland. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (IATA: DCA, ICAO: KDCA) is the closest — located in Arlington, Virginia, just across the Potomac River from Hains Point.