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Vacation rental apartments in Washington, DC

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Top-rated apartments in Washington, DC

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Rental unit in Dupont Circle
Unique Studio with Private Patio!
Completely private with a retro cottage vibe. Quiet street with easy access to restaurants, museums, and downtown. Comfy queen bed, full-sized kitchen with seating, hi-speed internet, smart TV. The home stays cool in the summer and cozy in the winter. Private ivy-lined patio for coffee in the morning or evening conversation. Beams line the ceiling, unique tiles along the floor. Perfect for business travelers and tourists. Only half a block from the Washington Hilton, a common convention venue
$90 per night
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Rental unit in Adams Morgan
Adams Morgan One Bedroom Retreat
This light, airy one-bedroom English basement apartment has its own private entrance. Cable TV, WiFi, washer/dryer and a full kitchen make it easy to make yourself at home. The bedroom features a queen size bed and the living room is equipped with a pull-out sofa to accommodate additional guests. We never charge a cleaning fee! The apartment is located in the basement below the main house. It is 500 square feet with a ceiling height of 6’ 9”.
$98 per night
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Rental unit in Capitol Hill
Bright Capitol Hill English Basement Apartment
This classic but modern, light-filled English basement apartment is walking distance to the Capitol and Supreme Court, the Mall, and museums, as well as Union Station and access to all of D.C. via Metro and other public transportation. Enjoy the hotel-quality king-size bed and bedding, big-screen TV, patio, and huge whirlpool tub. Or step out for dining in just about every direction! (Please contact us to discuss stays of less than 30 days.)
$100 per night
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Where to stay in Washington

Locals share their top neighborhood recommendations to help you find the one to call home for your trip.

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Georgetown
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Adams Morgan
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Dupont Circle
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Cardozo
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Logan Circle
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Downtown Silver Spring

Stay near Washington's top sights

National Mall
Park · 390 locals recommend
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The National Mall is basically Washington DC’s backyard – it’s a grassy lawn where visitors and locals hang out on sunny days. Full of world-class museums (we’ll get to this later) and fun festivals, the National Mall is the center of many activities in the city.

Neil
Neil· Washington, DC
  • Private room in Northwest Washington
    Historic U St. Row House Room
    $50 per night
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  • Guest suite in Northeast Washington
    Spacious studio w private entrance in DC rowhouse
    $53 per night
  • Home in Northeast Washington
    Northeast DC full finished basement - Sleeps 4+
    $55 per night
  • Rental unit in Navy Yard
    Sonder Callisto | Spacious Studio Apartment
    $120 per night
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Science Museum · 236 locals recommend
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Our two locations hold the largest collection of historic air & space objects in the world. In DC, see the original Wright 1903 Flyer, Apollo 11 Command Module "Columbia," and touch a Moon rock. Check out our Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA, home to the Space Shuttle Discovery.

  • Rental unit in Southwest Waterfront
    Eng Bsmnt 1br + lvrm sofabed SW DC
    $85 per night
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  • Condo in Crystal City
    Urban Arlington Escape
    $90 per night
  • Guest suite in Southeast Washington
    Adorable Basement Apartment, Free Street Parking
    $52 per night
  • Rental unit in Navy Yard
    Sonder Europa | Superior Studio Apartment
    $124 per night
Union Market
Market · 538 locals recommend
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Artisanal,year-round food market,the culinary epicenter of DC;sparking a more vibrant district attracting DC’s culinary,entrepreneurial & artistic innovators.

  • Private room in Capitol Hill
    Queen Bedroom in H ST / Capitol Hill Rowhome
    $54 per night
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  • Private room in Northeast Washington
    Cozy quiet apartment💕
    $54 per night
  • Rental unit in Northeast Washington
    Spacious English Basement near Atlas District
    $79 per night
  • Private room in Capitol Heights
    Private Room for Long Term Stay (1st Floor)
    $30 per night

Tips from Washington locals

Get advice about the city from the people who know it best. Local hosts share their tips and recommendations for travelers like you.

What should I pack?

“Bring a variety of layers I would definitely recommend packing in layers. temperatures can vary wildly - from 50f to 90f+ in one day. i would recommend bringing at least a sweater.”

Amanda
AmandaLives in D.C.

What should I book before I arrive?

“Some museums and tourist sites Get tickets for the african american history museum online with timed entries and get there early (or hit the museum late in the day (3-5) when crowds are thinner; the white house, the capitol (through your congressperson) if a us citizen; some popular restaurants (use open table); nats or caps games (although some day before, nosebleed seats are available at cheap prices); shows at the local theaters, etc.”

Lisa
LisaLives in D.C.

“Bible museum & washington monument While tickets are free, they must be reserved in advance. make sure to have them booked and to show up for the time slot on your ticket or you might not get in.”

Amanda
AmandaLives in D.C.

What should I not miss?

“Shows and performances at the atlas theater. Visit their website or simply walk to the theater to inquire about viewings.”

James
JamesLives in D.C.

“Bus boy's and poets - poetry, karaoke, social hour You can enjoy brunch, poetry reading, books along with their monthly youth open mic. good luck finding parking it is usually hectic on a busy night. try catching lyft/uber instead!”

Michelle
MichelleLives in D.C.

How can I save money on this trip?

“There are an abundance of activities to participate in that require minimal fees. The daily newspaper is a god source of information to find out what is going on in the city and where. also use your google search to find what is close.”

Princess
PrincessLives in D.C.

Traveling with kids

“Metro rails do have elevator access for families traveling with strollers and other carriers. Consult with metro employees to get directions or information about accommodations.”

James
JamesLives in D.C.

Your guide to Washington

Introduction

The lure of Washington, DC, is no doubt in its role as a living museum of American history, packed with monuments showcasing the nation’s greatest leaders (from Abraham Lincoln to Martin Luther King Jr.) as well as museums honoring the diversity of our nation (such as the National Museum of the American Indian and the National Museum of African American History and Culture). But beyond the historical and cultural landmarks is a city filled with a vibrant street life all its own, whether you’re in trendy NoMa, historic Logan Circle, green-space haven Woodley Park, or eclectic Adams Morgan.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Washington?

DC is best known for its spring, when its show of blooms is celebrated with the National Cherry Blossom Festival in late March and early April. Temperatures tend to hit highs in the mid-60s Fahrenheit then, with lows in the 40s. October brings the same weather, but with fall foliage and nippy breezes. Summers are humid (no, it’s not because the city is built on a swamp — that’s simply folklore). Muggy temperatures in the 80s can feel icky, so opt for lightweight clothes and sunscreen. Winters tend to be the low travel season for booking vacation rentals since temperatures float between the 20s and 40s. Always keep an eye out for rain, as precipitation is spread throughout the year.


What are the top things to do in Washington?

National Mall

The epicenter of American pride is no doubt this two-mile-long stretch of open space, with the Lincoln Memorial on the west, Capitol Hill on the east, the White House to the north, Jefferson Memorial to the south, and the 555-foot-tall Washington Monument in the center. Other notable sites include the Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Also peppered along the way are several of the Smithsonian museums (all with free admission), including the National Air and Space Museum, National Portrait Gallery, and National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Georgetown

In DC’s oldest neighborhood, stroll along the waterfront walkways of both the Potomac River and C&O Canal and enjoy the restaurants and nightlife, perhaps at the tavern where John F. Kennedy proposed to Jacqueline Kennedy in 1953 or a 1960s-era jazz club modeled after ones from the 1920s.

Dupont Circle

This lively neighborhood for shopping, dining, and nightlife is named after its center, a metropolitan traffic circle with a fountain and a new underground art space. Dupont Circle is also the perfect starting point for a self-guided tour along the quarter’s Embassy Row.