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From Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane, you can fly to Washington via Los Angeles, Toronto, San Francisco or Dubai, or by adding a second stop in Dallas. Airlines on this route include Emirates, Delta, American Airlines, Air Canada, Etihad and Qantas. From most other Australian cities you will need to make an additional stop in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.
Washington has three airports; Washington Dulles International Airport, about 40 km from the centre of the city, Baltimore Washington International Airport, about 50 km away and Washington Ronald Reagan National Airport, less than 10 km from downtown Washington, but with less frequent international flights.
A hire car or taxi from Ronald Reagan National Airport will take about 15 minutes, while the journey from Washington Dulles International Airport will take about 40 minutes and the drive from Baltimore Washington International Airport should take less than an hour.
Travelling to Washington, United States of America
Founded in 1791, Washington D.C. is the capital of the United States, and is the home of the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court. Known for its historic buildings and significant monuments, museums and landmarks, Washington is a planned city split into four quadrants, with wide boulevards and striking vistas. Washington’s architecture includes Gothic Revival, Queen Anne, Victorian, Neoclassical, Georgian and Modern.
Make sure you explore the National Mall, a large park which runs between Capitol Hill and the Lincoln Memorial. Must-visit monuments here include the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Pier in the mall’s centre and the various war memorials. At the National Mall you’ll find Washington's Museums under the banner of the Smithsonian Institution, including the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of American History, all of which are free.
Washington is also home to some fabulous restaurants, so make sure you make time to eat out. There are a huge range of cuisines on offer; Italian, Greek, French, Thai, Laotian, Mexican, Japanese, Ethiopian, regional Chinese, and more. Local specialties include Washington’s own Gin Rickey, a refreshing and potent cocktail of gin, lime juice and soda water, and the half pork, half beef smoked sausage which you can get at Ben’s Chili Bowl.
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