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Car hire in Washington DC

Car hire in Washington DC

Washington DC is the capital of the United States, the seat of government where the president, Congress and the Supreme court operate from. For this reason, any visit is bound to be dominated by the sights connected with the government and history of the nation, in a large and vibrant city.

What I need to know

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Where to pick up my car

Most of Washington DC's car hire firms are located in or around downtown, making them very easy to access. Those picking up a car via an airport rental firm can do so in Garage A at Ronald Reagan Washington International Airport (DCA) or on Autopilot Drive at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).

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Where to go

Washington offers a huge array of parks and monuments, such as the huge needle of the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial, the Holocaust Memorial and the National World War 2 memorial. These are all located in or near the heart of the city and guided tours can be undertaken.

Nearby Washington DC

Short drives beyond the District of Columbia boundaries provide more memorials, such as the US Marine Corps war memorial and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arlington National cemetery, just across the Potomac River. The FedEx Field in landover, Maryland is half an hour away and hosts Washington Redskins home games.

Longer drives

From Washington DC it takes just an hour to drive to Baltimore, while other cities take somewhat longer to each. It is two and a half hours to Philadelphia, just over three hours to New Jersey and nearly four hours to reach New York.

Eating and drinking

Washington DC has all the traditional American food you could want, from burgers to chicken nuggets, and lots of waffles coated in honey. There are plenty of big-sized portions if you want, but there is also plenty of fine dining featuring cuisine from around the world.

Things to do

Apart from all the governmental and historical aspects, the city offers some fun places to go. The Smithsonian Institute is not one museum, but 19, covering everything from natural history (with great dinosaur skeletons) to manned flight, including the Enola Gay, the B29 that dropped the atom bomb on Hiroshima. Animal lovers can enjoy the Smithsonian Zoological Park.


Just to walk or drive around Washington is to see some of the world's most famous buildings, including the White House, the Capitol Building and the Supreme Court. The Pentagon is also visible across the Potomac in Arlington. Many of these sights are illuminated at night.