Go from Parliament Hill to Capitol Hill, with flights from Ottawa to Washington, DC.
When you visit Washington, DC, there’s no better place to start than the National Mall. You won’t find any shops, but you will find iconic buildings like the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. From this densely-packed collection of landmarks, you can walk to the White House, or stroll to United States Capitol. Every walk is a photo op in this cultured capital city.
Like Ottawa, Washington, DC is home to some of its nation’s most important cultural institutions. The National Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of Natural History are just two of the 19 museums run by the Smithsonian Institution. If you exhaust the Smithsonian’s collections before exhausting yourself, there are always more museums, including the extensive National Gallery of Art.
Washington’s art offerings extend beyond the museum walls. At Ford’s Theatre, art meets history. This functioning theatre also features exhibits on its most famous event, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. The John F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts may not have Ford’s Theatre’s history, but it does have world-class dance, theatre, and music.
For dinner after the show, Washington’s restaurants won’t disappoint. You’ll find food from all over the world cooking in the city’s multicultural kitchens. From Ethiopian to Korean, to West African fare, Washington, DC has a multicultural menu.
Before you head back to Ottawa, take a walk through one of Washington’s quiet suburbs. In Georgetown, boutique stores, galleries, and walkable streets will take you beyond party lines, to the other side of this iconic city.
When you fly from Ottawa to Washington, DC, go beyond the landmarks, with a visit to Shaw.
To understand this Washington neighbourhood, you have to look back at Shaw’s history. Over time, jazz music has shaped Shaw, with the area’s jazz clubs hosting musicians like Duke Ellington, and poets like Langston Hughes.
One of Shaw’s most famous venues, the Lincoln Theatre, has seen Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, and Sarah Vaughn grace its stage. Opened in 1922, and reopened in 1994, the Lincoln Theatre now features music, comedy, and, of course, jazz.
Next door to the Lincoln Theatre you’ll find another Shaw landmark. Open since 1958, Ben’s Chili Bowl is a classic among Shaw’s restaurants. For the full Ben’s experience, you can’t go wrong with a chili dog.
In 1968, after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, riots brought Shaw into disrepair. The slow rebuild of the last decade has seen Shaw restored.
Today, the neighbourhood’s old Victorian row houses and shops stand alongside new coffee shops and boutique stores. Shaw hasn’t forgotten its past, even as it creates its new identity.
For more history, pay a visit to the African American Civil War Museum. With Shaw’s rich African American history, it’s only appropriate for this city to host the collection. Follow the displays from the creation of the United States Coloured Troops, through to Barack Obama’s inauguration as president.
Shaw’s musical and historical appeal makes it the perfect addition to any trip from Ottawa to Washington, DC.
This neighbourhood’s name could make it the butt of jokes, but Foggy Bottom’s attractions make it a clear choice for your next trip from Ottawa to Washington, DC.
Sitting on the shores of the Potomac River, Foggy Bottom’s name comes from a quirk of climate. This low-lying neighbourhood is regularly covered with fog rolling in off the river. Adding an eerie quality to one of Washington, DC’s oldest neighbourhoods, the fog is part of the charm.
The neighbourhood’s name also extends to one of its most famous political institutions. Housed in the Harry S. Truman Building, the US Department of State is colloquial, though not always affectionately, known as Foggy Bottom. You don’t need to be a diplomat to visit the Department of State’s beautifully decorated Diplomatic Reception Rooms, but you will need to book a tour.
For a more extensive look into another department of government, visit the Interior Museum. Set inside the US Department of the Interior, this museum was created to help citizens understand the department’s work. Artifacts, maps, photos, and watercolour illustrations are just some of the ways in which the museum educates visitors and explains the inner workings of the Department of the Interior.
Not all of Foggy Bottom’s cultural offerings are stored in its numerous government buildings. At the John F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts, drama, dance, and music play on the venue’s nine stages. If you’re here in the evening, you can catch a free show on the Millennium Stage.
John F. Kennedy isn’t the only president with a presence in Foggy Bottom. See where Richard Nixon’s downfall began, at the Watergate Hotel. Now more luxurious than scandalous, the renovated rooftop bar is a great place to grab a drink.
Once you’ve finished your drink, walk to nearby Georgetown, or take the metro to any one of the city’s other neighbourhoods. Wherever you go next on your trip from Ottawa to Washington, DC, Foggy Bottom is the perfect place to start.
Fly from Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) in Dulles, VA., with a quick connection in Toronto. Ottawa to Washington, DC flight time is 2 hours 25 minutes on average. Connection times vary. The distance from Ottawa to Washington, DC is around 895 km / 555 mi.
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Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) is about 10 km / 6 mi from downtown Ottawa.
Please allow sufficient time to drop off your car rental before your departing flight.
Take the OC Transpo 97 Airport / Bayshore and Bells bus to the airport stop. The fare is $3.65 CAD.
Taxis to Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) from downtown cost about $35 CAD. Car service costs about $90 CAD.
Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is about 44 km / 28 mi from downtown Washington, DC.
Car rental car services are available at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). Take the shuttle bus from doors 2, 4, or 6 of the baggage claim area of the main terminal to get to the rental lot area.
Taxis to downtown cost about $55 USD. Car service costs about $80 USD.
The Silver Line Express shuttle bus provides service from the airport to Wiehle Avenue Metrorail Station, on the Metro Silver Line. The fare is $5 USD.