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Hertz in Washington DC

Although Washington DC, usually referred to as Washington, is the capital of the USA, it isn’t as large as you would expect. Washington lies in the east of the USA on the shores of Potomac River, is 133 miles (214km) south of Philadelphia and borders the states of Maryland and Virginia. Pick up a Hertz car rental in Washington as part of your stateside trip and who knows to where it might lead!

The ‘DC’ in Washington DC stands for ‘District of Columbia’ and refers to the provision of a federal district under the US Constitution. As such ‘the District’ was created from donated land from Maryland and Virginia and, as such, is not part of any US state. Washington is defined by imposing 18th century neoclassical monuments and buildings, with none more iconic than the three buildings of the federal government: The Supreme Court, the Capitol and of course the White House. The city streets were designed by the French architect Pierre L'Enfant with diagonal grand avenues, plazas and crossing circles that increase the amount of green space within the layout, giving the city a spacious, bright feeling.

Driving and Parking in Washington

You will need a full driving license and must be over 21 to rent a car in Washington. If you are from outside the European Union you will also need an International Driving Permit (IDP). For more information about driving regulations in Washington, take a look at our page about renting a car in the USA .

Finding your way around Washington can be quite confusing. The city is split into four quadrants: Northeast (NE), Northwest (NW), Southeast (SE) and Southwest (SW). These all meet around the U.S. Capitol at the centre of the city. If you're navigating the city then factor in that addresses also include a direction. This lets you know which quadrant the address is in. However, exercise caution because the same street name and number may exist in, for example, SW as well as NW.

Street parking is limited near the most popular attractions in DC. There are plenty of parking garages in the Downtown area where you can pay per hour or per day, but spaces are limited and prices vary. Many neighbourhoods also have restricted parking. If you're parking downtown then you do have the option of metered parking. However, there are restrictions between 7am to 9:30am and 4pm to 6:30pm. Be aware that ‘No Parking’ restrictions are rigorously enforced; if you ignore the signs the tow trucks are quick to turn up and remove offending vehicles. Fines of up to $100 are also commonplace for parking violations.

 

Pickup Locations Washington D. C.

  • Verizon Center Hle

    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7:30AM-6:00PM
    Sat 9:00AM-12:00PM
    Sun Closed

    Address: 601 F Street Northwest,
    corner of 7th and G

    Phone: (202) 347-8518

  • Hilton Washington DC HLE

    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7:30AM-6:00PM
    Sat-Sun 9:00AM-12:00PM

    Address: 1919 Connecticut Avenue Northwest

    Phone: (202) 299-0697

  • Dulles Jet Center-Private Flights Only

    Opening hours: Mon-Sun 6:00AM-10:00PM

    Address: 23800 Wind Sock Drive

    Phone: (703) 996-1201

  • Dulles International Airport

    Opening hours: Mon-Sun Open 24 hours

    Address: 23540 Autopilot Drive

    Phone: (703) 471-6020

  • Marriott at Dulles Airport

    Opening hours: Mon-Sun Open 24 hours

    Address: 45020 Aviation Drive

    Phone: (703) 471-6020

  • Renaissance Hotel DC HLE

    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7:30AM-6:00PM
    Sat-Sun Closed

    Address: 999 9th Street Northwest

    Phone: (202) 842-1541

  • Union Station

    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7:00AM-10:00PM
    Sat 7:00AM-3:30PM
    Sun 10:00AM-10:00PM

    Address: 99 H Street North East

    Phone: (202) 289-6084

  • Ronald Reagan National Airport

    Opening hours: Mon-Sun 6:00AM-2:30AM

    Address: 1 Aviation Circle,
    Parking Garage A

    Phone: (703) 419-6300

  • Landmark Aviation-Private Flights Only

    Opening hours: Mon-Sun Open 24 hours

    Address: 23411 Autopilot Drive

    Phone: (703) 471-6020

  • Washington Navy Yard

    Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0900-1800, Sa-Su Closed

    Address: 1244 Patterson Avenue Southeast

    Phone: 202-562-0973

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Driving in and around Washington

Key Routes

If you’re going to make the most of a Hertz car rental in Washington you will undoubtedly come across the I-495 or The Capital Beltway. The Capital Beltway surrounds Washington, passes through Prince George's County and Montgomery County, both in Maryland as well as Fairfax County and the City of Alexandria, both in Virginia. This highway is one of the busiest in the United States, and if you're not familiar with it then driving on it can be quite a challenge. The George Washington Memorial Parkway runs along the Virginia side of the Potomac River and is a scenic route to the capital.

The road is a memorial to George Washington and a part of the National Park system which connects Washington DC attractions and historic sites that extend from Great Falls Park to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate. The I-295 or Baltimore-Washington Parkway is a 29-mile (46.6km) highway that runs southwest from Baltimore to Washington and provides a scenic route between the two cities as well as an alternative to driving on I-95.

Major Highways

There are several major highways that take you in and out of Washington, including the I-95, the major highway on the east coast which extends 1925 miles (3098km) from Maine to Florida, the I-395 is a 13 mile long route (21km) that starts at a junction with I-95 in Springfield, Virginia and finishes in northwest Washington, passing underneath the National mall near the U.S Capitol Building. U.S. Route 50 is a major east–west route of the U.S. highway system that stretches more than 3,000 miles (4828km) from Ocean City, Maryland to West Sacramento, California while I-66 is a 65-mile (104km) road linking that connects Front Royal and Interstate 81 with Washington.

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