|Washington DC Facts|
|Country||USA (United State of America)|
|Federal district||District of Columbia|
|Total Area||68.3 sq miles|
|Lat Long Coordinates||38.89° N, 77.03° W|
|Time Zone||Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5)|
|Area Code||(202), US (+1)|
|Major Religion||Catholic, Christian|
|Museums||National Museum of American History, National Museum of Natural History, National Gallery of Art, Madame Tussauds Washington DC|
|Universities||The George Washington University, Georgetown University, National Defense University, University of the District of Columbia, American University, Howard University, Washington DC|
About Washington DC
Washington is located in Mid-Atlantic U.S and is bordered by Virginia to the southwest and Maryland to the southeast, northeast, and northwest. The capital city has three rivers flowing through it- the River Potomac and its tributaries Rock Creek and River Anacostia. It is not a part of any U.S state and the capital district is under the jurisdiction of the United States Congress.
Washington is home to numerous famous monuments and buildings such as the White House, the Washington Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and the Smithsonian Institution. It also hosts 176 embassies and headquarters of many international organizations. All three branches of the government are housed in this city. Apart from being a political focal center, Washington is also important from the point of view of the economy as it is the fourth largest metropolitan economy of the country.
Which is the best season to visit Washington DC?
Spring and fall are the best seasons to visit the city. Spring in Washington is beautiful with blooming cherry blossoms all over the city; the weather, though, does get unpredictable. September and October are great months to visit Washington as the weather is pretty pleasant during this time. If you want to catch the government in action, do plan a visit when the Congress is in session.
In and Around Washington DC
Washington is served by two international airports - Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), and one national airport Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). The city has a well connected system of metro rails, buses, and taxis. Road congestion does tend to be a problem, though.
Accommodation Options in Washington DC
The Capitol has a number of luxury hotels such as the Ritz-Carlton Washington D. C, Willard Intercontinental Washington, Mandarin Oriental Washington, St. Regis Hotel Washington D.C, and the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown. Some popular budget hotels are Channel Inn Hotel, Days Inn Washington, DC, Comfort Inn Downtown DC/Convention Center, Best Western Georgetown Hotel and Suites and Holiday Inn Express-Washington DC. It is advisable to make reservations in advance while visiting the capital district.
Things to do
Visit National Monuments and Museums
Washington DC is a city known for its monuments. Visit the United States Capitol and brush shoulders with history.
A visit to Washington is incomplete without a visit to the memorials dedicated to the great leaders of the nation - Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Visit the Smithsonian Institution which is not only an education and research center of great repute, but also the largest museum complex in the world. Some museums operated by the Smithsonian Institution are National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of African Art, National Museum of American History, and Hirsh horn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Other important museums in the city include Newseum (a museum dedicated to news), Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam War Veterans Memorial, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and National World War II Memorial.
Explore the Parks and Gardens
The Capitol has a number of gardens and parks that accentuate its beauty with their green cover. Some popular gardens and parks frequented by tourists are United States Botanic Garden, Dumbarton Oaks, U.S. National Arboretum, Rock Creek Park, Theodore Roosevelt Island Park, National Zoological Park, Constitution Gardens, Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens and Enid A. Haupt Garden to name a few.
In a city like Washington that boasts of a vibrant entertainment scene, it is indeed difficult to get bored. This city has a strong tradition of theater and there are many local theatre groups. Some famous theaters of Washington are Ford's Theater (where President Lincoln was assassinated), the National Theater, and Warner Theater. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts plays host to the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera, and the Washington Ballet. So if you are in mood for some classics you know where to go!
If you want to unwind and listen to some good music, Washington won't disappoint you. There are many small and large venues where artists perform live. Some notable venues are Black Cat (various genres), Blues Alley (for blues of course!), The Bayou (classic rock), and The Cellar Door (mainly folk).
Enjoy golf in one of the many beautiful golf courses of Washington like the East Potomac Golf Course, Langston Golf Course, and Rock Creek Park Golf Course. Better yet, take a stroll along the banks of the River Potomac or inside the Theodore Roosevelt Island Park. If you are in mood for some adventure, then go hiking. And, if after a long day of sightseeing you feel tired, visit a spa to recharge your batteries and get ready for the next day.
Where to eat in Washington DC
Washington is a gourmet paradise. There are hundreds of restaurants in the city that can cater to any taste. Some popular restaurants are Rasika, Bombay Club, Aroma, Merzi (Indian food), Asian Spice, Oya, Zenten, Mandu, Zengo DC (Asian delicacies), Marrakesh Restaurant, Ethiopic Restaurant, Nando's Peri Peri and Etete (African cuisine),Blue Duck Tavern, Lafayette Restaurant, Oval Room and Founding Fathers(American food) and Paul, Marcel's and Pesce (French food). There are also several restaurants serving Italian, Middle Eastern, German and other International cuisines.
Where to shop in Washington DC
Washington is a shopping haven. Be it high end designer clothes or discounted stuff, musical instruments or books or antiques, shops in Washington are well equipped to fulfill every demand of even the most whimsical buyers. Some popular shopping centers are Eastern Market, Tyson's Corner Center, Dekka, Potomac Mills and Filenes's Basement. You can also go for designer shopping at Inga's Once Is Not Enough, Mustard Seed, or Clothes Encounters of a Second Kind. If you are an art aficionado, you will like Old Print Gallery, Indian Craft Shop, and Principle Gallery.
Universities/Colleges in Washington DC
Washington is an important center of higher education. Some of the universities in Washington are Georgetown University (GU), American University (AU), Howard University, the Catholic University of America(CUA), George Washington University (GW), the Johns Hopkins University and the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). The Corcoran College of Art and Design is an important institute of distance learning. Medical research is also an established field in Washington and some institutions involved in it are Washington Hospital Center and Children's national Medical Center. Plan a visit to the D.C this year and carry with you memories of the US Capital that will last a lifetime.
Last Updated On : March 4, 2013