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Washington, DC Travel Guide

If you are looking for a taste of why Washington, DC is such an iconic city, then you have come to the right place.

Find out what makes Washington DC unique, take a look at some of its popular sights and discover how to spend your time in and around the city. 

The Capital

Washington, D.C. is where all three branches of the federal government are located, including the executive, legislative and judicial branches.

Heart of culture

Home to 176 foreign embassies, as well as the headquarters of many international organizations, including trade unions, non-profit organizations, and many other professional associations. 

There's a large number of fantastic, free museums and monuments to choose from... and for the artistically-inclined, there's the second largest theatre community in the U.S!

Public Holidays

  • 1 Jan
  • 2 Jan
  • 19 Jan
  • 16 Feb
  • 16 Apr
  • 25 May
  • 3 Jul
  • 7 Sep
  • 11 Nov
  • 26 Nov
  • 27 Nov
  • 25 Dec

Useful information

Driving Age

The legal driving age in Washington, DC is 16. Adult students can apply for a driver’s license at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Most rental companies require that you be at least 24 years old with an international driving license, a second form of identification, and a major credit card.

Drinking Age

The legal age for purchasing and/or consuming alcohol in the US is 21. Most places will ask for identification.

Smoking laws

Smoking indoors is illegal. To buy cigarettes, you must be 18 years of age or older, and must present identification. Washington, DC Law permits smoking a minimum of 25 feet from entrances of buildings.


All EC students must be covered by health insurance for the entire length of their stay in the U.S.

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