Across 1,754 acres of parkland, find naturalistic gardens, the National Zoo, seven forts, one of the oldest homes in the nation’s capital and the only Planetarium in the National Park System.


Quick Reference

  • Time zone

    GMT -5 hours
    Eastern Standard Time

  • Language(s) spoken

    English is the primary language.

  • Electrical system

    Local voltage is 110 to 120 volts AC. Adapters available; please request through the Concierge.

  • Shopping hours

    Smaller stores and boutiques are generally open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
    Department stores are open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, and Sundays from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

  • Working hours

    Most Washingtonians work from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.