Explore District Of Columbia
Welcome to District of ColumbiaWashington D.C. is the capital of the United States of America. It is located on the north bank of the Potomac River and is bordered by Maryland and Virginia. The summers are usually hot and humid, the winters are cool, and the spring and fall are mild.
There are many things to see, and some of the major attractions are within walking distance of each other. You can't miss the National Mall, which is where many monuments, memorials and museums are located. You can visit the museums during the day and tour the monuments in the evening, when they are lit up. See the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, WWII Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Other major attractions include the Kennedy Center and museums, such as the International Spy Museum, the Museum of Natural History, the Holocaust Museum, and the Air and Space Museum. The Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum complex and research organization, is composed of 19 museums, 9 research centers, and the National Zoo. See the National Gallery of Art, rent a paddle boat on the Tidal Basin to get up close and personal with the Jefferson Memorial or the famous cherry blossoms, or take a guided tour of the Capitol. Washington, DC is also home to the Washington Redskins (football), the Washington Nationals (baseball), the Washington Wizards (basketball), and the DC United (soccer). If you are visiting in the spring, don't miss the national Cherry Blossom Festival.
There are many restaurants to choose from. Enjoy a steak at Capital Grille, American cuisine at the 600 Restaurant in the Watergate Hotel or Corduroy's in the Sheraton Four Points Hotel, pizza at Matchbox or Comet Ping Pong, or a romantic dinner at the Inn at Little Washington.
D.C. has one of the best public transportation systems in the country with a rail system that is integrated with an extensive bus system, with all lines converging in downtown D.C.
There are three major aiports near Washington D.C. The Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is the closest and most convenient airport located just south of the city, the Washington Dulles International Airport is 26 miles west of downtown D.C, and the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is 30 miles northeast of D.C.
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