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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.

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Car Rental Requirements in the United States

  • Minimum Age

    For most car rental companies around the world, the minimum age requirement is 25. Drivers aged between 21 and 24 might be subject to additional local fees and may not be allowed to book vehicles under the Premium, Specialty, SUV, Minivan, Van, Convertible, Utility and Luxury Vehicle categories. Additional drivers must be at least 25 years old.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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