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Why Famous
  • The Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is the sole national park in the United States dedicated to aquatic plants, animals even live here in a natural wetland habitat.
  • The historic Fish Wharf offers traditional Mid-Atlantic seafood cuisine and beautiful views of boats on the water.
  • Bordering the Potomac River is Georgetown, which has 18th century history; the Old Stone House, is here, which is the oldest standing building in D.C. is here.
Facts Destination
  • District of columbia and commonly referred to as washington, the district, or simply d.c., is the capital of the united states.
  • The city of washington was originally a separate municipality within the territory of columbia.
  • Until an act of congress effectively merged the city and the territory into a single entity called the district of columbia.
  • The city is located on the north bank of the potomac river and is bordered by the states of virginia to the southwest and maryland to the other sides.
Area Info
  • The district has a total area of 68.3 square miles (177 km2), of which 61.4 square miles (159 km2) is land and 6.9 square miles (18 km2) (10.16%) is water.
  • The district\'s current area consists only of territory ceded by the state of maryland.
  • The highest natural point in the district of columbia is point reno, located in fort reno park in the tenleytown neighborhood, at 409 feet (125 m) above sea level.
Why Visit
  • Spring and fall are mild, with low humidity, while winter brings sustained cool temperatures and annual snowfall averaging 16.6 inches (420 mm).
  • The u.s. national park service manages most of the natural habitat in washington.
  • D.C including rock creek park, the chesapeake and ohio canal national historical park, the national mall, theodore roosevelt island, the constitution gardens, meridian hill park, and anacostia park.
  • The district has three major natural flowing streams: the potomac river and its tributaries the anacostia river and rock creek.
Best Time
  • Spring brings beautiful cherry blossoms to the trees and the various gardens are bursting with color as they begin to bloom.
  • In fall, leaves are turning beautiful colors and the air is crisp yet comfortable enough to walk around all day.
  • The best option for transportation is to hop on the metro or walk. many popular sights around washington d.c. are just a short walk or quick ride on the metro from each other.
  • The washington metropolitan area transit authority (metro) also offers metrorail and metrobus services in dc and the nearby suburbs of maryland and virginia.
  • You have the option of paying as you go to getting a metro tourist pass.
  • The washington metropolitan area is often cited as having some of the nation\'s worst traffic and congestion. Washington commuters spent 60 hours a year in traffic delays, which tied for having the worst traffic in the country after los angeles.
  • Hailing a cab is one more method of transportation for you to choose--but beware of inflated rates. cab fares are not regulated in many areas and you could find yourself paying a lot more than necessary for a ride.
  • Historic sites and museums:- The National Mall is a large, open park area in the center of the city. Located in the center of the Mall is the Washington Monument. Also located on the mall are the Lincoln Memorial, the National World War II Memorial at the east end of the Reflecting Pool, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Albert Einstein Memorial.
  • Performing arts and music:-Washington, D.C. is a national center for the arts. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is home to the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera, and the Washington Ballet.
  • Media:- Washington, D.C. is a prominent center for national and international media. The Washington Metropolitan Area is the ninth-largest television media market in the U.S. with two million homes (approximately 2% of the U.S. population).
  • Sports:- Washington, D.C. is home to five major professional men\'s teams. The Washington Wizards (National Basketball Association) and the Washington Capitals (National Hockey League) both play at the Verizon Center (right) in Chinatown. The Washington area is also home to two women\'s professional sports teams. The Washington Mystics (WNBA) play at the Verizon Center, and the Washington Freedom (Women\'s Professional Soccer) play in nearby Germantown, Maryland and at RFK Stadium.