WHEN BEST TO GO
The recommended time of year to travel to Washington, DC is during the pleasantly mild spring and autumn months, although the hot, humid summer remains the busiest season for tourism.
Winter in the capital can get exceedingly cold, with temperatures generally hovering just above freezing.
Many laws vary from state to state, including those regarding traffic rules, fines and punishments. The age at which one can legally buy and consume alcohol is 21 years nationwide. Tipping is normal practice in most of the US. Waiters will expect 15 to 20 per cent.
Business casual dress is usually fine for most restaurants, but pricier establishments will likely insist on a jacket and tie for men. Attendance at cultural events usually requires formal dress, while smart outfits are recommended for the capital’s bars and nightclubs.
CURRENCY USD EXCHANGE RATE
GBP 1 = USD 1.60
EUR 1 = USD 1.38
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE
24 HOUR EMERGENCY CONTACT
Fire services: 911
Coastguard: 202 475 3576
UK: + 1 202 588 6500
GMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November)
Washington, DC has an estimated population of 600,000.
Like the rest of the United States, the majority of Washington’s residents are Christian, although the city has a sizeable number of Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim and nonaffiliated people.
New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, George Washington’s birthday, Emancipation Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day are the main public holidays observed in Washington, DC.
TYPICAL OPENING HOURS
Opening hours may vary, but 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday are the most common business hours.