10 Travel Apps For Visiting
Washington D.C.

10 Travel Apps For Visiting
Washington D.C.

Jason Rodway
Apr 1, 2013

Washington D.C. is home not only to all three branches of the US Federal government, but also to 17 Smithsonian museums and the upcoming national Cherry Blossom Festival, making it a travel destination of both historic and cultural signficance. Even without the architecture and iconic monuments, the Federal City has plenty to offer for tourists from spring onto summer. Here are a few apps to maximize your time while visiting the capital of the United States...

Getting Around & Accommodations

Left: DC Metro Transit - Right: Trip Advisor

DC Metro Transit

DCs public transit system consists of both trains and busses so it's quite easy to get around. Plan your trip accordingly and find the best way to get from the Lincoln Memorial to Arlington Cemetery using DC Metro Transit which without a data connection has all the maps and routes available at your convenience. If you do have a data connection, it can tell you what time the next bus/train will be arriving. Free - $3 Ad-free - Similar Apps also available for iOS / Windows Phone

Trip Advisor

In your vacation research Trip Advisor has probably appeared multiple times. As an informative solution for flights, eateries, landmarks and hotels, Trip Advisor is at the top of its game as an essential resource for travellers. It's broad database of hotels removes the stress from finding a hotel room with reviews, prices, detail breakdowns and photos. Free - Available for iOS / Android / Windows Phone 

City Maps & Shopping Guide

Left: <20MB Washington DC - Right: ScoutMob

<20MB Washington DC

As the name suggests, this app brings about a complete downloaded map of Washington DC compressed no more than a reasonable 20 MegaBytes. Usable completely in airplane mode, maps are quick to load, coherent and even look for points of interest such as landmarks or restaurants. $2


ScoutMob is a reliable go-to source for instant discounts at local restaurants, cafes and shopping. Zero in on where the hotspot stores are in Washington DC which appear as 'stashes on the map screen (because they are my stash). These recommendations are all contributed by other users who swear by this widespread shopaholic community app. Free - Also available for iOS

Tourist Attractions

Left: Smithsonian Mobile - Right: Washington DC: A to Z

Smithsonian Mobile

The Air and Space Museum, Natural History Museum, Arts and Industry Building and American History Museum are just some of the fascinating exhibits to visit in D.C. Find featured events, what each location has to offer, open/close times and even join in on comments from other patrons from Smithsonians own mobile app. Free - Also available for Android

Washington DC: A to Z

DC is home to historic architecture and sites deeply involved with the foundation of America but there's a lot more going on in the city. Washington DC: A to Z has information on the best jazz clubs, how to sneak a peek at the embassies, descriptions for 22 neighborhoods, 67 restaurants, over 125 attractions, 22 hotels, 43 nightlife venues, and prime shopping options. $3

Wine and Dine

Left: Hoppit - Right: WashFinder


When eating out food is definitely important, that's a no brainer. But the ambiance and mood of the restaurant that serves you can help make the food and experience unforgettable. Know what you're getting into before you step foot into the venue with Hoppit, a very visual experience that has over 100,000 interior shots and 250,000 menus in restaurants across the country. Hoppit will find the perfect place for you to make your time in DC memorable. Free - Also available for iOS


If there's any publication that knows DC inside and out, it's the Washingtonian Magazine. The critics top 100 restaurants list which includes reviews, favorite dishes and professional tidbits are all gathered in this elegant app. Let WashFinder find the perfect venue for your dinner with search criteria based on rating, price, location and type of cuisine. Free

Nightlife and Traveling Necessities

Left: Got Eventz - Right: Travel Essentials

Got Eventz

This new app currently only active for Washington DC and San Diego promises your ticket on things to do and places to go. Want to hear some live music? Or try out some open mic night? Karaoke? Pop up this app and input the area of interest to get out and experience DC after the sun goes down. Free - Also available for iOS

Travel Essentials

Travel Essentials is a nifty all inclusive app for the techie traveller. What does all inclusive include? How about flight tracker (with notifications in case your flight is delayed), hotel booking information, weather conditions, restaurant and location advice and cross device synchronization through iCloud. $1

(Images: Jason Rodway; as linked above)

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