With its green boulevards and a host of monuments and countless museums that are among the best in the world, Washington D.C. is the political and cultural capital of the United States and perhaps the world. But there is more to this city than marble columns and politicians. Washington DC has a beating social heart (complete with some of the best clubs on the east coast), picturesque small suburbs and green city parks with diverse flora and fauna. Because of its vastness, Washington is the place to visit by car. It is therefore wise to rent a car. A rental car from Washington Dulles Airport makes it easy to visit the entire city. HAPPYCAR the online comparison portal is here you. We check the prices of international and local providers so that you don’t have to check each website to provide you with the best deals on a car hire to make your money go further on a rental car that fits your specific needs. You have the options of choosing car size, pick up location and type of insurance to ensure you get the best deal on a great car hire!
A small introduction to Washington
For most it is the abundance of monuments that makes the city interesting for tourists. Whether it's the iconic Lincoln Memorial on whose steps Martin Luther King held his 'I Have a Dream' speech or the predominant Washington Monument. There is nothing lacking in culture in Washington.
Washington was founded in 1790 as a neutral city, at the fault of the then fiercely contested dividing line between north and south. Washington DC has elements of both. From the North, you will find patrician houses and icy winters, while the South brings the scorching summers.
Washington is a city with vibrant suburbs, where much of the nightly action happens. Downtown DC, the home of the Capitol, the White House and the Smithsonian, does not know the hustle and bustle of New York and it really comes to life when the Senate is in session.
Places of interest in Washington D.C.
There are several sights to view with a rental car from Washington Dulles Airport. Here are a few examples:
The Jefferson Memorial: one of the finest Washington memorials is the Jefferson Memorial. This is a statue of about 6 meters high. Jefferson was the 3rd US president. Thomas Jefferson sits in an elegant neo-classical dome designed by John Russell Pope. It is surrounded by passages from the Declaration of Independence. The sculpture looks out over the Potomac River towards the White House.
Statue of Abraham Lincoln: the imposing 6 meter high marble statue of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, tails the Lincoln Memorial over the Reflecting Pool at the Washington Monument. The style of the monument is that of a Greek temple with 36 Doric columns. On the interior walls are inscriptions from the Gettysburg Address and Lincoln's second inaugural speech. As a symbol of freedom and racial harmony, the Lincoln Memorial is the site of the 'I Have a Dream' speech by Martin Luther King in August 1963.
The Capitol: under a 55 meter high white dome of the Capitol, the senators and members of the House of Representatives can be found seven days a week. The white-painted dome is visible from all parts of the city and is led by the statue of liberty. Several areas of the building are open to the public, including Statuary Hall, the Rotunda and the Crypt (the intended cemetery of George Washington and his wife).
Eating and drinking in Washington: with a rental car it is possible to look for a good restaurant by car. There is not a specific kitchen to be found, but dozens. Washington has just about every type of restaurant imaginable. It is said that the best Ethiopian food in the country is available in the Adams Morgan neighborhood, while Washington's center offers Indian cuisine. Expect everything from Asian to Mexican, as well as local specialties such as blue crab cakes.
Car rental Washington Dulles Airport
At the rental stations at Washington Dulles Airport you can go for a rental car. Various providers such as Avis, AutoEurope, AutoEscape and Hertz rent cars here. Thanks to HAPPYCAR you can book a car entirely to your liking and for your vacation. You can, of course, choose to visit other cities on the east coast of the United States, such as nearby Baltimore or bustling New York. The HAPPYCAR teams wishes you a pleasant journey!