Washington DC & Chicago City Breaks
There are so many attractions packed in these two great American cities it is hard to know where to start.
In Washington, try wandering round the National Mall, which is surrounded by the Smithsonian Museums - including the National Museum of the American Indian and the National Air and Space Museum. The National Mall is watched over at one end by the Capitol Building and, at the other by the grand Lincoln Memorial and the Reflecting Pool. In return the tall Washington Monument looks over the Mall and the White House. It is here in the Mall that you can also find the haunting Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Korean Veterans Memorial. The statue of Thomas Jefferson stands in a rotunda overlooking the Tidal Basin and bronze statues of Franklin D Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor are also nearby. Across the river in Arlington and only a short metro stop away you will find the Arlington Cemetery - the site of the Kennedy graves. Spend the evening in one of the many restaurants in Foggy Bottom or Georgetown with its Colonial architecture and great shopping or simply stroll along the banks of the Potomac River.
The "Windy City" was all but demolished by the Great Fire of 1871, but re-emerged as a breathtakingly beautiful, ultra-modern city that boasts one of the world's most spectacular skylines and one of its tallest buildings - the 110-storey Sears Tower. In total it has 29 miles of lakeshore frontage and a huge variety of attractions ranging from the masterpieces of its various museums to colourful sidewalk art exhibitions. Music is a big part of the city with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the star studded performances of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Joffrey Ballet Company and last but certainly not least the massive jazz and blues scene.
When planning your trip make sure you include an extra suitcase as Chicago is a shoppers paradise. Start your shopaholic's safari on centrally located and elegant Michigan Avenue. The Magnificent Mile houses some 240 glittering shops and stores including plus Bloomingdale's and Tiffany's. The spectacular cloud-piercing skyscrapers and syncopated lifestyle of Chicago certainly makes it a big, bold and beautiful city.
Some of our favourite hotels in Washington DC
Renaissance Mayflower Hotel: Traditional European-style hotel, the Renaissance is conveniently located 4 blocks from the White House and close to museums, national monuments, restaurants, and shopping districts.
Hotel Rouge: Located on Embassy Row, just 5 blocks away from the White House and 1 mile from Union Station. Hotel Rogue is high tech and playful. You'll find attentive service at this adventurous luxury hotel. The property features tennis courts and a fitness club.
Capitol Hill Hotel: Elegant and intimate, Capitol Hill Hotel is in the heart of the nation’s capital, tucked away amidst the charming brick rowhouses of a residential neighborhood yet just a short walk away from Washington’s most important sites, including the Capitol Building, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and the National Mall. The hotel effortlessly blends classic Federal style with chic modernity.
Dupont Circle Hotel: With a thrilling position on Dupont Circle in the heart of Washington DC, moments from the city’s historic sights including the National Mall and the Smithsonian Museums, The Dupont Circle hotel is a landmark in itself, and exceptionally placed for those looking to savor this architecturally striking neighborhood and city.
Loews Madison Hotel: Our centrally located luxury hotel in Downtown Washington, D.C. is the ideal combination of historic charm and modern style. Steps from K Street and minutes from the White House, Loews Madison Hotel offers exceptional accommodations close to the most coveted destinations in Washington, D.C.
Some of our favourite hotels in Chicago
Palmer House Hilton: Set in the theatre and financial district, this landmark hotel is close to well-known attractions such as the Art Institute of Chicago and Millennium Park. You’ll find famous frescoes, stylish suites and artful dining at Lockwood and Potter's Lounge. Relax at Balance Spa or work out in the sizeable fitness center.
Hotel Monaco: This whimsical, upscale hotel is located two blocks from the El train and minutes from Millennium Park and the Chicago Theater.
Raffaello Hotel: On the Magnificent Mile, this contemporary hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Loyola University, 360 Chicago and the El train.
Loews Hotel Chicago Downtown: Experience Chicago from the heart of the city. The luxurious Loews Chicago Downtown Hotel, situated steps from Navy Pier, offers spectacular city skyline and lake views. The luxury hotel is ideally located on Magnificent Mile, and close to the city's most popular attractions including Millennium Park and the John Hancock Center.
The James: Located one block from the deluxe shopping on the Miracle Mile, this chic, upscale hotel in River North is four blocks from the El train. It is also very close to the world-famous Navy Pier, Grant Park and the Chicago Theater.