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Allow us to share some “Deep Throat” secrets with you: D.C. isn’t all about politics and museums. In fact, there’s a pretty lively scene happening just steps away from those famous white houses and statues looking the other way.
While we can’t promise that you’ll run into any elected officials letting loose after hours (but please tell us if you see something scandalous), we’re confident you’ll love the unexpected surprises the town has to offer. Simply snap up a Hotwire Hot Rate for last-minute hotel deals in Washington, D.C., and get started!
I Want a Castle: No offense to the lovely hotels in downtown Washington, D.C., but this is a town that not only has the most famous abode in the country, there’s also a castle! The Smithsonian Castle is the admin building for the Smithsonian museums and has the tomb of James Smithson, the founder of the institution.
Let’s Get Weird: Leave the ordinary museum exhibits to the plebs. For you, it’s all about the strange and unusual. In other words: the National Museum of Health and Medicine in nearby Silver Springs. Some of their wares include the bullet that killed Abe Lincoln, dried out hearts, and warped bones. Macabre? Yes. Fascinating? Absolutely.
The Columns Holding the Sky: Just off the beaten path of the National Arboretum, you’ll find the National Capitol Columns. These freestanding pillars once held up the east portico of the U.S. Capitol until 1958 when they were replaced with newer models. These former structures are now an offbeat art piece in the garden.
Even Hipsters Love It: While D.C. is popular for its politics, the district has been influential for many musicians from the surrounding area. Get inspired by the local scene when you pick up vinyl from spots like Smash!, Som Records, and Songbyrd Music House and & Record Cafe. We’ll even forgive you if say out loud, “Everything sounds better on vinyl.”
From record shops to bizarre exhibits, this place knows how to have fun once it’s shaken off its heels and loosened its tie. Whether you’re looking for cheap hotel rates in Washington, D.C., hotels in Washington, D.C. near the Metro, or just hotels near the White House, take a spin with a Hotwire Hot Rate and see what this town is all about.