Get the presidential treatment with Porter’s flights to Washington, DC.
Whether you’re taking the city’s Metro to the historic suburbs, or walking between attractions on the National Mall, exploring Washington, DC couldn’t be easier. Cast your vote for the best things to do in Washington, DC with a visit to the city’s dense collection of political and cultural attractions.
Look into the inner workings of America’s political systems with a tour through the United States Capitol. The history of Congress’s founding and the ideals of American society are examined in the artifacts, original documents, and videos of Exhibition Hall. In the nearby United States Supreme Court, the laws passed by Congress are upheld. Have your day in court with a tour of this stately building, or listen in on an argument session to hear justice in action.
After this political double feature, read all about the role of the press at the Newseum. This news museum dedicates its 15 galleries and 15 theatres to the freedom of the press. Follow the journey of journalists, from pitch to front page, in the interactive exhibits of this headline-worthy museum.
Many of the famous faces featured in the Newseum’s Front Page gallery can also be seen on the walls of Washington, DC’s National Portrait Gallery. Past and present presidents and first ladies are commemorated in a variety of styles, ranging from formal photographs to cheeky pop art prints.
Beyond the frames of the National Portrait Gallery, monuments mark the legacies of Washington, DC’s presidents. Political giant Abraham Lincoln is commemorated with a staggeringly large statue, which sits 19 feet tall.
In the Lincoln Memorial’s Reflecting Pool, the nearby Washington Monument is mirrored on the water’s glassy surface. Standing over 500 feet tall, this white marble obelisk surveys the city named after George Washington, keeping watch over Washington, DC.
After your flight to Washington, DC, venture into Woodley Park.
Elephants and donkeys may be the animals most closely tied with Washington, DC, but the Smithsonian’s National Zoo tells another story. The zoo’s giant pandas have been elected as the most popular attraction in this extensive zoo. Along with these famous black and white bears, 2000 animals from 400 species share the space in the National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute.
Get in touch with your wild side with a walk through Rock Creek Park. Trails trace through 32 miles of this wooded area in Woodley Park, passing by picnic areas and a nature centre. Take the scenic route on Boulder Bridge, where its picturesque good looks make it a favourite subject for photographers.
If you need a second dose of glamour after your hard hike, make your way to Woodley Park’s mural of Marilyn Monroe. This giant painting at the intersection of Calvert and Connecticut depicts the silver screen star grinning at the cars below.
The golden age of cinema lives on in the Uptown Theatre. Dating back to 1936, the Art Deco design of this movie theatre elevates every film-going experience. While the theatre now mostly uses its 70 by 40 foot screen to show recent releases, the view from the balconies can make any movie seem like a classic.
After the curtains close, grab an open table and a bite at one of the many places to eat in Woodley Park. Traditional American food is the perfect finish to a busy day in Washington, DC’s Woodley Park.
Step into Washington, DC’s diverse and delightful Columbia Heights.
Behind the doors of a Beaux Arts mansion, you’ll find the Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington, DC. This expansive house honours the aesthetic styles of Mexico, most notably in a multi-story mural by Roberto Cueva del Rio. Del Rio was a follower of famed Mexican muralist and painter Diego Rivera, who was also Frida Kahlo’s husband.
Culinary and cultural events, and a series of rotating art exhibits, take visitors through Mexico’s colourful history and heritage.
Brush up on your Spanish with a visit to Columbia Height’s GALA Hispanic Theatre. Dance, theatre, music, and film are presented in both Spanish and English, in this beautiful, bilingual theatre.
Outside the theatre, Columbia Heights serves up food from all over the world. Whether your tastes lean toward Laotian, Mexican, or American, Columbia Heights’ restaurants offer the perfect blend of old favourites and eclectic reinventions.
11th Street has been elected the centre of the district’s food scene. When you’re looking for places to eat in Columbia Heights, 11th Street is your number one choice. If all this food has you thirsty, 11th street also happens to be home to Columbia Heights’ best bars.
Get a dose of green on the hilltop oasis of Meridian Hill Park. Surrounded by embassies and dense trees, this park is the perfect urban escape. A staggered fountain surrounded by lush gardens serves as the park’s centrepiece. On the whole, the park has a European air, but drum circles and unusual public art make Meridian Hill distinctly DC.
As you leave Columbia Heights, more of Washington DC’s attractions and attractive neighbourhoods wait nearby. Whether you head south to the Smucker Farms of Lancaster County farmer’s market, or get a taste of the Salvadoran markets and restaurants of Mount Pleasant, Columbia Heights is your gateway to Washington, DC’s most delicious neighbourhoods.
Porter’s check-in desk is located in Terminal A.
Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is about 44 km / 28 mi from downtown Washington, DC.
Taxis from downtown cost about $55 USD. Car service costs about $80 USD.
Please allow sufficient time to drop off your car rental before your departing flight.
The Silver Line Express shuttle bus provides service to the airport from Wiehle Avenue Metrorail Station, on the Metro Silver Line. The fare is $5 USD.