If you are planning a vacation rental Washington DC is an obvious destination. The city has plenty of apartments and houses to rent, and as one of the most visited cities in the US, has more than enough to see and do.
Several well known websites offer vacation rentals, not just in Washington but literally all over the world and it can be a good opportunity to visit somewhere different. The typical rental property costs less than a hotel room or suite, especially if you are staying there for an extended period. Rental properties also come with a kitchen, meaning that you also potentially save money on the high cost of eating out. And while some big city hotels can be somewhat lacking character and anonymous, if you stay in a vacation rental, you are literally staying in someone’s home during your visit. Many visitors feel they are more like a local resident while staying, and not just another tourist in a city full of tourists.
Washington DC covers a large area, although the city’s Metro system means you can rent a vacation property in one of the Maryland or Virginia suburbs and be on the National Mall in less than half an hour. Renting somewhere further out of the city center also means you will probably get more space for your money and won’t pay as much. The Metro is the second busiest subway system in the country after New York’s, but it is affordable and reliable, and stations are generally safe and easy to navigate. If you’ll be using the Metro for a day or more, invest in a travel card to save time and money.
However, if you are looking for a more central vacation rental Washington DC has plenty of options that can put you within walking distance of some of the sights and attractions. One of the most popular central neighborhoods is Capitol Hill, known for its elegant 19th century townhouses, its many fine restaurants and its proximity to the US Capitol and Library of Congress. Georgetown has long been a fashionable residential area, and boasts picturesque cobblestone streets, as well as some upmarket shopping and some of Washington’s best hotels. And Adams-Morgan is somewhere to stay if you want to be in more of a Bohemian district, known for its boutiques, bookstores, cafes, bars and restaurants. All the areas above can be explored by walking, and in each case, you are just a few Metro stops from the dozen or so Smithsonian museums located in and around the city’s National Mall.