Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - WHAT’S YOUR BUDGET WASHINGTON, D.C. -

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.”


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