See the centre of American politics, with a flight from Montréal to Washington, DC.
National monuments and cultural institutions line every street of America’s capital city. Whether you want to see the hub of political activity, witness America’s historic development, or glimpse into its artistic future, you’ll never have to look far for things to do in Washington, DC.
If you’re looking for landmarks, there’s no place like the National Mall. Known as the “Nation’s front lawn”, the Mall contains the Lincoln Memorial's Reflecting Pool, the National Museum of Natural History, and the US Capitol Building, just to name a few.
One of the National Mall’s best attractions is the National Gallery of Art. Some of America’s most treasured works hang in the halls of this museum, dating from the middle ages to the modern age.
If you don’t have time to tackle all 19 of the Smithsonian Museums in Washington, DC, steer towards the National Air and Space Museum. From the Wright Brothers to the moon landing, America’s airborne history soars in this family-favourite museum.
While you won’t find stores in the National Mall, there are plenty of options for shopping in Washington, DC. Georgetown is always popular, and M Street offers everything from small stores to national brands. Washington’s chicest residents elect to shop around U Street, where small boutiques sell clothes that are too hip for politicians.
In the non-political side of the city, you’ll find a thriving arts scene. Cast your ballot for the Ford’s Theatre or the John F Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts, to see some of Washington, DC’s most entertaining acts. If you’d rather opt out of larger venues, see a show at one of the smaller jazz clubs in Shaw.
With politics and arts in perfect harmony, a trip from Montréal to Washington, DC is always a Capitol idea.
If you can get past the name, Foggy Bottom offers a top-notch mix of political and cultural attractions. This neighbourhood is not to be missed during your Montréal to Washington trip.
Laying low on the banks of the Potomac River, this charming neighbourhood is, well, foggy. A strange weather phenomenon sends moist air rolling through the streets of Foggy Bottom. The fog can add an almost eerie quality to the historic roads of one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Washington, DC.
While many of the neighbourhood’s government buildings keep their doors closed to the public, the US Department of the Interior brings the public into politics. The Interior Museum will guide you around this department’s work, through photos, maps, and watercolours.
Once you’ve left the Interior, follow the sounds of music to DAR Constitution Hall. The outside of this concert hall may be neoclassical, but inside you’ll find genres ranging from rock to comedy. For a presidential entertainment experience, the John F Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts wins the vote. Washington, DC’s arts scene lights up the nine stages of this waterfront venue.
With George Washington University right in the middle of the neighbourhood, the nightlife in Foggy Bottom is young and fun. For a more sophisticated option, try The Top of the Gate, the Watergate Hotel’s rooftop bar.
Even if you don’t order a bottle of Chateau Lafite Rothschild (Richard Nixon’s favourite drink), this bar and the view will linger with you long after you’ve returned to Montréal.
Just north of Foggy Bottom, you’ll find Washington, DC’s best shopping in historic Georgetown.
In 1751, this neighbourhood by the Potomac River began as a port community. Today, the Potomac and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal are better known for their walking trails than as shipping routes. If you want to paddle through the neighbourhood’s seafaring past, kayak rentals can help you cross the C and O Canal.
On land, parts of the past are still standing in Georgetown. As one of Washington, DC’s oldest neighbourhoods, the doors of the area’s historic houses open up a bygone era. The Federal style furniture of the Dumbarton house hasn’t been in style since John Adams was president, but a tour here will take you back to the way it was.
If you’re only interested in the oldest, visit the Old Stone House. It might not be from the stone age, but this house on M Street is the longest surviving private residence in all of Washington, DC. Walk through over two and a half centuries of DC history in this house, which is open to the public.
M Street isn’t only for the old. You can always find something new in this area’s renowned boutiques and upscale retail brands. This street isn’t just a shopping destination for Georgetown, but for all of Washington, DC.
Once your arms are weighed down by bags, take a break at one of M Street’s restaurants. Dine riverside at one of Georgetown’s waterfront restaurants. With historic buildings and a coursing river, you’ll be reminded of Montréal, with an American twist.
Fly from Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), with a quick connection in Toronto. Montréal to Washington, DC flight time is 2 hours and 35 minutes on average. Connection times vary. The distance from Montréal to Washington, DC is around 1,040 km / 645 mi.
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