The Capital of USA, Washington, D.C., called the District of Columbia or simply DC is located along the Potomac River on the east coast on land donated by the surrounding states of Maryland and Virginia.
Aerial view of Washington DC the Capital of USA
Washington, D.C. is a separate municipality under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Congress and serves as the nation capital since 1791. It has an estimated population of close to 700,000 in 2014 and the whole Washington DC metropolitan area has a population of 5.8 million.
It houses the three branches of the federal government, including the Congress or Legislative Branch, the White House or Executive Branch and the Supreme Court or Judicial Branch.
Washington, D.C. is filled with monuments, museums, and memorials. Here are the most popular attractions.
White House the residence of the US President
Named by President Teddy Roosevelt, it serves as the residence of the US President since 1800 also welcoming leaders and dignitaries from all over the world. It features 132 rooms 35 bathrooms on six levels and 55,000 sq. feet of area
Decisions on World Wars, crises and ground-breaking policies have all taken place behind these walls. This historic site also features a tennis court, jogging track, swimming pool, movie theater, billiard room and bowling alley.
Lincoln Memorial in the Capital of USA
This memorial in honor of the 16th President of the USA, Abraham Lincoln, features a statue of him seating and the inscription, "In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever."
It was completed 57 years after his assassination and was the venue for Re. Martin Luther King Jr. “I have a Dream” speech who was delivered during the march on Washington in 1963.
It is an impressive site that will take your breath away especially at night.
US Capitol is the home of the US Congress
This is the home of the Senate and the House of Representatives, the Congress, where laws are debated and sometimes passed as laws.
You may tour some parts of this spectacular structure, but you need gallery passes to witness the elected officials at work. Please make sure to call your Senator of Representative in advance for tickets.
National Mall in the Capital of USA
Just standing in the middle of this long grassy expanse is an experience that all visitors to this capital never forget.
You will be surrounded by many iconic buildings and monuments, like the Lincoln Memorial, the US Capitol and the Smithsonian Museum among others. At one end is the obelisk called Washington Memorial standing proud.
This is a must place for those traveling with kids, families desiring to have a picnic and practically for everyone.
If you have the time, you may spend a whole day just in one of the Smithsonian Museums. You may walk from one to the other, because they are located near each other. The Air and Space Museum is a must, and you have children the Museum of Natural History is great for them. The Arts and Industry Building features a lot of stuff for the history fans.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Thousands of names etched into the surface of the black marble walls, gives you an idea of the magnitude of loss our troops suffered in Vietnam.
Visitors may admire Thomas Jefferson’s home. This property served as a plantation where free and enslaved people worked.
Washington's Mount Vernon
This mansion with gardens known as America’s first home. George Washington died in 1799 and is buried here.
Arlington National Cemetery
It is an awe-inspiring site with over 300,000 grave markers of American Heroes.
There is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the powerful sight to behold with the John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame and the guards who are always on duty honoring those who have fallen.
The land was seized by the federal government to be used as a military cemetery in 1864.
Today, Arlington National Cemetery is home for veterans and those killed in the line of duty from every conflict dating back to the Civil War.
U.S. Presidents John F. Kennedy and William Howard Taft, Senators Robert and Ted Kennedy, and the Space Shuttle Challenger crew are among those buried there.
The Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is not to be missed.
Lined with restored row houses, upscale boutiques and restaurants is this cozy neighborhood of cobblestone streets.
Made in Gothic Architecture is a true national treasure, with large stained-glass windows.
Holocaust Memorial Museum
This is the most powerful monument to the Holocaust that you can visit in the U.S. The emotionally-charged exhibits depict one of the most horrific times in modern history.
The National Zoo
Stroll through the National Zoo, visit the giant pandas and the orangutans. Don’t miss the elephant’s area.
Map of District of Columbia and the surrounding states
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Lincoln by andy dunaway
capitol by kmccoy
smithonian by Christof Radtke
Vietnam by Nancy maness
Monticello by moofpocket
mt Vernon by martin falbisoner
cathedral by tuabui
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