Hotel at a Glance: Wingate by Wyndham Dulles/Chantilly
The Wingate by Wyndham Dulles/Chantilly sits on the outskirts of greater Washington DC, just 25 miles east of the nation's capital. A complimentary 24-hour shuttle runs between the hotel and Dulles International Airport (IAD), just 7 miles away, making it a convenient jumping-off point for travelers.
- Free continental breakfast served daily
- In-room amenities: Refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker with Wolfgang Puck coffee, and free WiFi
- Squeeze in a workout at the on-site fitness center or go for a swim in the indoor pool; the pool is open 5 p.m.–9 p.m. Monday–Friday and 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Saturday–Sunday.
- Ride the free hotel shuttle to the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, a companion museum to the one in DC
Chantilly, Virginia: Quiet DC Suburb with Colonial History
Chantilly is a quiet Virginian suburb in Fairfax County, located just 25 miles east of Washington, DC, has some well-known museums and historic sites. The National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, a sister facility to the museum on the National Mall, houses thousands of aviation and space artifacts, including the space shuttle Discovery and airplanes from the early 20th century. There's also the Sully Historic Site, a Georgian-style plantation home was built in 1799 by Richard Bland Lee—the uncle of Robert E. Lee. Today, you can take a guided tour of the house or its former slave quarters.
It's also worth it to check out historic Alexandria, on the banks of the Potomac River. George Washington and Robert E. Lee once passed through Old Town Alexandria, the city’s official historic district. Today, guided walking tours bring their stories to life.
Washington, DC’s National Mall is also a must-see for first-time visitors. The mall stretches 2.5 miles east from the Lincoln Memorial, past the soaring Washington Monument, to the Capitol Building on the other end. Across the Tidal Basin, stop in to see the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, which features a series of waterfalls, sculptures, and inspiring quotes from the 32nd president. To avoid crowds, tour the monuments after dusk when they’re lit up.