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All About Washington D.C.

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About

When looking for a US city that is rich in history, it is impossible not to have Washington DC at the top of the list. It was founded all the way back in 1791 as the country's capital, and that remains the case to this day. The main parts of the US government are located here, such as the Supreme Court, Congress, and the President, who resides at the Whitehouse. It was DC which was the main base for the north during the American Civil War, which began in 1861. The war against the Confederates was ended by declaration on May 9, 1865. As for the local climate, it has four distinctive seasons, and snow is not unknown during the winter months. Summer can see temperatures hitting 90F (32C).

Key Facts

  • The city is named after George Washington
  • A total of 176 foreign embassies are located within the city
  • Since 1973, the area has been governed by a local major
  • The population of the Federal District is over 658,000
  • While the Metro area houses over 5,949,000
  • Europeans first arrived in the area during the 17th century
  • The whole of the city covers an area 68.3 square miles (177 km)
  • The Whitehouse was built back in 1792, and was designed by the Irishman James Hoban

Things To Do

The problem with Washington DC is that there is so much to see and do. To get around everything, expect to do quite a bit of walking. However, most things are within the central area, so it is all convenient. Most people fly in via the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, although it is 3 miles from the center of the city, there is plenty of transport available in order to get to the hotel.

The first place to visit is the National Mall, which is a US National Park. It is a large area in the middle of the city and hosts a number of museums, memorials, monuments and government related buildings. Each one has history associated with it, and it is best to put aside a whole day. Some of the things that can be seen are the Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool, National Gallery of Art, US Capitol Building, the Whitehouse, Washington Monument, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, and a lot more. Remember, when walking these areas that all previous US Presidents have been there in the past.

Adults and children will love the National Zoo in Woodley Park, which is reported to be one of the best zoo's in the States. For those people who want to get a good picture of the DC area, then head to the top of the Kennedy Center Rooftop Terrace, it is free. Good views are also possible from the Washington Monument.

Many cultures reside in DC, and so there is a lot of different types of food available. Surprisingly, one of the best is Ethiopian cuisine, which is much loved by the locals. There is also a huge range of cupcakeries, all of them selling wonderful cakes.

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