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City Guide

  • Population 701,974 (2020).
  • Area Code 202.
  • Tax: 14.5% Hotel Tax; 6% Sales Tax.
  • Time Zone: EST - Eastern Standard Time: November – March; EDT - Eastern Daylight Time: March - October.
  • Credit Cards are widely accepted throughout the city. ATM machines are located in many downtown major department stores, monument sites, hotels, and the convention center.
Tipping Guidelines
  • Hotel Personnel/Porterage: $2.00-$3.00 per parcel or bag of luggage.
  • Restaurants: 18%-20% of the total bill is a good rule of thumb for tipping.
  • Hotel Valet: $2.00-$3.00 to attendant.
  • Housekeeping Services: $3.00 per day.
  • Concierge Services: $5.00+.
  • Taxi: 15% of total.


As a city with tremendous history as a worldwide capital, and also a place where news and historic events take place nearly every day, Washington, DC is a cultural as well as a governmental center.