I SPY CHANGE IN THE CAPITAL
Oh, say can you see … that we can’t get enough of the US? It’s Aussies’ No.1 long-haul international destination, with a return rate of 72 per cent. But if you haven’t visited the nation’s capital yet, now is the time to go.
Washington, D.C. is awash with change with $11.5 billion in major openings and renovations under way, including 21 new hotels. Espionage is being super-sized with the International Spy Museum more than doubling in size, Kennedy Center will bump up its performance space, and the iconic Washington Monument will reopen next year with a new visitor experience and elevator system.
Destination DC CEO Elliott Ferguson says travellers may come for the monuments but are staying for the museums, night-life, theatre, dining and outdoor activities. “Visitors are often surprised at just how green and walkable the city is,” he says.
As for where to stay? “Staying in Georgetown or at The Wharf is closer to the water, downtown hotels are closest to the National Mall; or stay in other historic neighbourhoods like Adams Morgan, Logan Circle and Dupont Circle for a local experience.”