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Cheap flights to Washington DC

Best Anytime fares to Washington DC

Cheap round-trip flights to Washington DC

Departure Arrival Travel dates Airline Round-trip fares
London Washington DC Tue, 12 May - Tue, 2 Jun airline logo United Airlines £532
Manchester Washington DC Tue, 21 Apr - Mon, 27 Apr airline logo Air France £487
Edinburgh Washington DC Tue, 21 Apr - Tue, 28 Apr airline logo Air France £489
New York Washington DC Tue, 21 Apr - Thu, 30 Apr Delta Airlines Delta Air Lines £108
Birmingham Washington DC Tue, 28 Apr - Thu, 7 May Delta Airlines Delta Air Lines £486
Dublin Washington DC Mon, 25 May - Mon, 8 Jun airline logo Air Canada £482
Glasgow Washington DC Thu, 23 Apr - Thu, 30 Apr airline logo KLM Royal Dutch Airlines £491
Bristol Washington DC Wed, 15 Apr - Sat, 25 Apr airline logo KLM Royal Dutch Airlines £530
Orlando Washington DC Fri, 1 May - Thu, 7 May Delta Airlines Delta Air Lines £132
Aberdeen Washington DC Thu, 23 Apr - Thu, 30 Apr airline logo Air France £492
Frankfurt Washington DC Wed, 8 Apr - Fri, 17 Apr Turkish Airlines Turkish Airlines £460
Boston Washington DC Wed, 6 May - Tue, 12 May airline logo jetBlue £101
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Best weekend fares to Washington DC

Best weekend fares to Washington DC

Departure Arrival Travel dates Airline Round-trip fares
London Washington DC Thu, 16 Apr - Mon, 20 Apr airline logo Aer Lingus £534
Manchester Washington DC Thu, 23 Apr - Sun, 26 Apr airline logo Air France £487
Edinburgh Washington DC Thu, 21 May - Mon, 25 May airline logo Air France £521
New York Washington DC Fri, 24 Apr - Sat, 25 Apr Delta Airlines Delta Air Lines £111
Birmingham Washington DC Sat, 4 Apr - Sat, 11 Apr Multiple Airlines Check rates
Dublin Washington DC Sat, 4 Apr - Sat, 11 Apr Multiple Airlines Check rates
Glasgow Washington DC Sat, 4 Apr - Sat, 11 Apr Multiple Airlines Check rates
Bristol Washington DC Thu, 21 May - Sat, 23 May airline logo Brussels Airlines £1,135
Orlando Washington DC Fri, 22 May - Mon, 25 May Delta Airlines Delta Air Lines £122
Aberdeen Washington DC Sat, 4 Apr - Sat, 11 Apr Multiple Airlines Check rates
Frankfurt Washington DC Fri, 10 Apr - Mon, 13 Apr Turkish Airlines Turkish Airlines £574
Boston Washington DC Thu, 7 May - Sun, 10 May Delta Airlines Delta Air Lines £123
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Things to do in Washington DC

According to many aspiring politicians, Washington, D.C., is a greedy cesspool. But tourists quickly discover what the locals know: Washington is a pleasant and extremely manageable city. Confining your visit to downtown lets you easily accomplish your to-do list, from the Capitol to the Smithsonian museums to the great marble monuments. But there are rewards for wandering off the National Mall and into D.C.’s neighborhoods. Shopping in Georgetown, the hepcat vibe of the U Street corridor, or the nightlife of Adams Morgan will give a warmer impression of the city than dodging school groups among iconic attractions. Buy an all-day pass for the Metro (the subway system). A local might even help you operate the machine that dispenses passes—despite John F. Kennedy’s assertion that D.C. is “a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.”

Washington D.C. When to Go

Washington’s summers are blisteringly hot and humid, so plan on visiting in spring and fall when temperatures remain mild and the school-vacation crowds are at their ebb. Each spring, the National Cherry Blossom Festival typically signals the start of “tourist season,” though that can also be when the weather is most fickle—sunny and mid-60s one day, rain and wind the next (read: Pack layers). Lots of people come to town for the festival, and there’s no guarantee the blossoms will actually be out, but catch it right and you’ll be rewarded with one of the most beautiful spectacles in city travel.

Heat and humidity aside, summer can work if you’re strategic about where you visit. Hit the star attractions first thing in the morning to avoid waiting in line in the sun, and save those off-the-beaten-path spots (hopefully ones with air conditioning) for later in the day. Visit the monuments at dusk for stellar sunset photo ops. Surprisingly, summer hotel rates can be competitive because many of the politicians, businessfolk, and convention-goers aren’t in town.

Fall is ideal, though it doesn’t start for real until October most years and can be fleeting, with chilly northerly winds heralding several months of biting sub-zero days, particularly in January and February. Winter brings subfreezing temperatures and occasional ice, though snow is more rare here than in Northeastern cities.

Airports in Washington DC DC, US

map of airports in Washington DC
  • 1

    Reagan Airport (DCA)

    Distance from City Center: 3 miles

  • 2

    Dulles Airport (IAD)

    Distance from City Center: 22.3 miles