Hotel at a Glance: Days Inn Washington, DC - Connecticut Avenue
It’s easy to get around the nation’s capital from this Connecticut Avenue hotel—it’s just one block from the Van Ness-UDC Metro station, where you can catch Red Line trains running to Dupont Circle and the National Mall. The hotel is within walking distance of restaurants, shops, and a few parks with hiking trails. It has lots of amenities for travelers, including free copies of USA Today, in-room coffee, and an onsite Italian restaurant.
- Pizza, pasta, and grilled meats are on the menu at Tesoro.
- Sleep easy in guest rooms with Serta Perfect Sleeper pillow-top mattresses, as well as 37-inch flat-screen TVs and in-room WiFi.
- Eco-friendly perk: The hotel has two charging stations for electric vehicles.
Capitol Hill, Washington, DC: Monuments and Museums
Located a 5-minute walk from the hotel, the National Mall is a must-see for first-time visitors to Washington, DC. 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.
Another pillar of DC is the Smithsonian Institution, which encompasses 19 museums in total. The Smithsonian’s best-known museums are located along the National Mall, including the National Museum of Natural History and the National Air and Space Museum. The latter is home to missiles, rockets, and the Spirit of St. Louis, the plane Charles Lindbergh famously flew across the Atlantic to defeat the Soviets at Gettysburg.
When you’ve had your fill of iconic monuments and museums, check out the city’s trendy neighborhoods northwest of the mall, such as Dupont Circle. Here, some of DC’s best restaurants and clubs butt up next to foreign embassies housed in historical mansions. On the weekend, you’ll find nightlife along Connecticut Avenue and in the Adams Morgan neighborhood as crowds flood in and out of Latin lounges, karaoke dives, and high-end clubs.