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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 Mon, 30 Mar - Wed, 29 Apr airline logo United Airlines £509
Manchester Washington DC Wed, 25 Mar - Mon, 13 Apr airline logo KLM Royal Dutch Airlines £422
Edinburgh Washington DC Tue, 10 Mar - Tue, 17 Mar airline logo Air France £424
New York Washington DC Sun, 29 Mar - Wed, 1 Apr Delta Airlines Delta Air Lines £105
Birmingham Washington DC Tue, 24 Mar - Wed, 8 Apr Delta Airlines Delta Air Lines £418
Dublin Washington DC Thu, 19 Mar - Wed, 25 Mar airline logo SAS Scandinavian Airlines £470
Glasgow Washington DC Mon, 16 Mar - Sun, 22 Mar airline logo United Airlines £450
Bristol Washington DC Mon, 30 Mar - Thu, 9 Apr airline logo KLM Royal Dutch Airlines £529
Orlando Washington DC Thu, 16 Apr - Wed, 22 Apr airline logo jetBlue £113
Aberdeen Washington DC Sat, 21 Mar - Tue, 7 Apr airline logo Virgin Atlantic £473
Frankfurt Washington DC Sun, 8 Mar - Sun, 15 Mar Multiple Airlines Check rates
Boston Washington DC Wed, 22 Apr - Tue, 28 Apr airline logo jetBlue £98
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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, 19 Mar - Sun, 22 Mar airline logo United Airlines £534
Manchester Washington DC Thu, 16 Apr - Mon, 20 Apr Delta Airlines Delta Air Lines £498
Edinburgh Washington DC Thu, 9 Apr - Mon, 13 Apr airline logo Air France £489
New York Washington DC Thu, 9 Apr - Sun, 12 Apr Delta Airlines Delta Air Lines £109
Birmingham Washington DC Sun, 8 Mar - Sun, 15 Mar Multiple Airlines Check rates
Dublin Washington DC Sun, 8 Mar - Sun, 15 Mar Multiple Airlines Check rates
Glasgow Washington DC Sun, 8 Mar - Sun, 15 Mar Multiple Airlines Check rates
Bristol Washington DC Sun, 8 Mar - Sun, 15 Mar Multiple Airlines Check rates
Orlando Washington DC Thu, 23 Apr - Mon, 27 Apr Delta Airlines Delta Air Lines £118
Aberdeen Washington DC Sun, 8 Mar - Sun, 15 Mar Multiple Airlines Check rates
Frankfurt Washington DC Sun, 8 Mar - Sun, 15 Mar Multiple Airlines Check rates
Boston Washington DC Thu, 30 Apr - Mon, 4 May airline logo jetBlue £98
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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