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Washington, D.C.: Explore Culture and History in the Nation's Capital

When you travel to Washington, D.C, using a rental car gives you the freedom to tour the nation's capital at your own pace. With your car rental in place, you can navigate the city's traffic and explore monuments and museums.

Explore U.S. History

No trip to D.C. is complete without visits to the city's attractions. The Lincoln Memorial, built in celebration of the country's 16th president, is located on the western side of the National Mall. After you've toured this famous monument, check out some of the Mall's other attractions, like the Washington Monument and the United States Capitol.

The distance between the Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol steps measures nearly 2 miles. Thanks to your rental car, you won't have to make this trek on foot.

Check Out the Museums

Many of the city's best museums are located on the National Mall, including the National Museum of American History, the Smithsonian, and the National Gallery of Art. If you drive about 1 mile north, a trip that should take about 10 minutes, you'll arrive at the International Spy Museum. This family-friendly museum has exhibits on everything from spy gadgets to essential spy skills.

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Once you've hit your culture quota for the day, venture into D.C. traffic and visit the city's outdoor attractions. The National Zoo is sprawled over 163 acres, and it is home to animals ranging from pandas to Asian elephants.

Located about 30 minutes from the zoo is the National Arboretum, a scenic locale with one of the country's largest collections of bonsai trees. For more beautiful scenery, hop in your car rental and travel to Hillwood Mansion. Just 4 miles from the heart of Washington, D.C., this mansion is surrounded by 13 acres of well-maintained gardens.

Interested in taking a trip to the District of Columbia? Book your car rental today to begin planning your capital adventure.

Washington, DC, United States

When to book a rental car in Washington


Average rental day price in the last 30 days

US$ 94.89

Most popular car rental models in Washington

  • VW Jetta (Standard)
  • Mazda CX-5 (SUV)
  • Toyota Camry (Full Size)

Car rental companies in Washington, DC, United States

    Car Rental Requirements

    • Minimum Age

      In most countries, the minimum age required to hire a vehicle is 25.

    • Driver’s License

      Each driver must present a full, valid and original national driver's license held for minimum of 2 years. If your license is not in a language used in your destination country, an International Driver's Permit to accompany your national driver's license is highly recommended. Some rental companies and government agencies require that you present an IDP. It is the renter's responsibility to present both their IDP and Driver's License when picking up the vehicle. For more information, please reach out to the Rental Company.

    • ID or Passport

      Each driver must present a valid and original photo ID or passport.

    • International Credit Card

      The renter must present a personal credit card, valid in the country of pick-up with enough funds to put a hold for a security deposit. Third-party credit cards will not be accepted. The car rental company is solely responsible for approving the provided credit card. Online prepayment does not exempt the renter from providing a valid international credit card during vehicle pick-up. The rental company will place a hold in the amount of the security deposit and, when applicable, any additional local fees not covered in the prepaid voucher on the card provided at the rental location.

    • Prepaid Booking Voucher

      You must present a printout of the Booking Confirmation Voucher at the rental location. This document officially confirms all agreed upon services, payment conditions, rates, discounts, as well as vehicle availability within the group selected.

    • Important Information

      Car rental companies reserve the right to refuse service to underage or unlicensed drivers, those with poor credit history or individuals otherwise considered liabilities by the rental company.

    What to know before renting a car in Washington

    • How much is it to rent a car in Washington?

      The lowest daily rate in Washington in the last 30 days was US$ 44.66 with Avis.

    • Which car model is the most rented in Washington?

      The most popular car rental model in Washington is the VW Jetta.

    • What is the average car rental daily rate in Washington?

      In the last 30 days, the average daily rate was US$ 94.89.

    • How many car rental locations are there in Washington?

      in Washington there are 29 locations at 7 car rental companies.

    • Which categories are available for rent in Washington?

      Standard, SUV, Full Size, Midsize.


    Proteções do veículo Vehicle protections

    Rental car protections usually have the abbreviations CDW and LDW and protect the vehicle from robbery and damage in the event of collisions or accidents.

    Proteções à terceiros Third party protection

    The protections against third parties have several abbreviations, such as ALI, SLI and others. In general, they protect the vehicle from third parties involved in collisions with your rental car.

    Caução Security deposit

    To pick up the car you must leave a security deposit, also called a pre-authorization. The amount is "blocked" on the renter's credit card and "unlocked" after the return of the car on the same conditions.

    Opcionais Optional items

    It is possible to add optional items to your reservation, such as GPS, child car seat or booster seat. Take advantage of those items so you don’t have to worry about it later!

    Condutor adicional Additional driver

    If someone else is sharing the wheel with you, they need to be added to the car rental agreement as an additional driver and meet the same documentation and minimum age requirements as the main driver or renter.

    Quilometragem Mileage

    Check if your reservation has free mileage or not. Free mileage means you can ride as much as you like with the rental car and you will not pay extra depending on the ride.

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