Washington D.C. is the capital of the United States and the home of the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives. It is also where you can find some of the nation’s most important historic monuments. Take cheap flights to Washington D.C and you’ll discover there’s more to this city than politics though. There are plenty of museums and art galleries for culture vultures including the Smithsonian American History Museum, the Hall of the First Lady’s even an International Spy Museum. The peak season for tourists to take flights to Washington D.C are between March and August. March/April is particularly busy for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, a large well-attended event held over three weeks. Other busy periods include the time when Congress is in session, and from mid-January through June, when lobbyists and demonstrators fill up the hotels and restaurants. It is recommended to book flights to Washington D.C in advance during this period.
Winters in Washington D.D are cool, with the average temperature from mid-December to mid-February hovering around 3C. The city can also experience some snow during this season. The quietest times are late August into early September and the period between Thanksgiving (4th Thursday of November) and mid-January. These times are when Washington D.C is the coldest, but you are more likely to find the cheapest flights to Washington D.C and better hotel rates.
The best times to book flights to Washington D.C weather-wise are spring and autumn, when the weather is at its most pleasant and warm. Summers can get very hot and humid with temperatures generally ranging between 20C and 30C, but sometimes as high as 40C. When searching for cheap flights to Washington D.C book outside of major annual events such as Independence Day (4 July) as prices for flight tickets will increase. If you’re not a budget traveller then celebrating this significant event in the capital of the United States of America would be a wonderful experience, especially for the the iconic fireworks display.
Flights from London to Washington D.C: 8 hours 15 minutes.
Flights from Manchester to Washington D.C: 8 hours 15 minutes.
Flights from Birmingham to Washington D.C: 10 hours 40 minutes.
Flights from Glasgow to Washington D.C: 10 hours 05 minutes.
United Airlines, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic operate regular non-stop flights to Washington D.C from London. If flying from a different city such as Manchester or Birmingham you can still access the city via connecting flights, these take a little longer but may offer cheap deals. Consider airlines such as Icelandair, Aer Lingus, KLM and Lufthansa.
Most international flights to Washington D.C land at Dulles International Airport (IAD) 26 miles west of the city. This is the largest airport serving and is a hub for United Airlines. To reach Washington D.C the quickest way is to catch the Silver Line Express Bus to the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station, an adult fare costs $5 each way. Taxis are available on the lower level of the Main Terminal. If renting a car from the Main Terminal companies provide free shuttles to the rental lot.