All About Washington DC

Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington or D.C., is the capital of the United States. Washington was named after George Washington, the first president of the United States and a Founding Father.

Washington, DC is not only the home to our federal government, but it is also a cosmopolitan city with a variety of opportunities that attract residents and visitors from around the world. There is so much to see and do in Washington, D.C., it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States. Washington, DC, is a haven for tourists around the world.

Spring is the best time to visit, when you might be lucky enough to see the cherry blossoms in bloom, but fall is mild, too. Summer is more difficult with the high heat and humidity. During the holidays, the White House Christmas tree is on view and historic theaters stage classic Christmas performances all season.

U.S. Capitol - The Capitol houses both chambers of the United States Congress, namely the Senate and the House of Representatives. Since 1800, this is where the legislative branch of American government – ie Congress – has met to write the country's laws. The lower House of Representatives (435 members) and upper Senate (100 members) meet respectively. More information about the U.S. Capitol ...
The White House - The 'President's House,' built between 1792 and 1800, is an iconic, imposing building that's thrilling to see. Our first president, George Washington, selected the site for the White House in 1791. Every president since John Adams has occupied the White House.More information about The White House ...

There are approximately 130 hotels located in Washington, DC. The Greater Washington Metropolitan Area is home to almost 700 hotels. There are 2,233 restaurants located in Washington, DC. offering all types of food and levels of service. There are 45 performing arts/theatre venues including the The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

DC is also home to 4 major sporting event venues and 8 major professional teams including the Redskins, Wizards, Mystics, Nationals, D.C. United and Capitals.

There are 3 DC-area airports - Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) These airports service 69 million passengers each year.

Union Station in DC is home to Amtrak and multiple commuter rail services; 5.0 million Amtrak passengers travel through DC each year

The Metro system is the nation’s second-largest heavy rail system with 117 miles of track and servicing 204 million trips each year. Metrorail provides safe, clean, reliable transit service for more than 600,000 customers a day throughout the Washington, DC area. The system is the second busiest in the United States, serving 91 stations in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

The DC Circulator 6 bus routes service 5 million riders each year, connecting Union Station with Georgetown, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and Nationals Park, the Zoo with downtown, and a seasonal loop around the National Mall, all for just $1.

70 percent of land in Washington, DC is controlled by the National Park Service. There are 250,000 acres of parkland in the Greater Washington Metropolitan area. Washington, DC is a city on two rivers: the Anacostia and the Potomac. DC is reinvesting in its waterfront. New neighborhoods packed with riverfront amenities from hotels to restaurants to unexpected attractions are magnets for visitors and locals.

Original copies of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights are all on display at the National Archives. See these essential and historic documents and meet the Founding Fathers who helped establish the birth of a nation with programming featuring costumed actors in Revolutionary-era attire. The National Archives is open 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. with free admission. National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 2040.

Washington, DC Area Colleges & Universities include, American University, Bowie State University, Gallaudet University, George Mason University, Georgetown University, Howard University, Marymount University, Montgomery College, Montgomery College, Northern Virginia Community College, Prince George’s Community College, Strayer University, The Catholic University of America, The George Washington University, Trinity Washington University, University of Maryland, College Park, University of Maryland, University College, University of Phoenix, and the University of the District of Columbia.

Hospitals in Washington, DC are listed here based on the largest in number of beds to the smallest. The largest is MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Providence Hospital, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, The George Washington University Hospital, Children’s National Medical Center, Sibley Memorial Hospital, United Medical Center, and Howard University Hospital. There is also Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the Washington DC VA Medical Center and the 11th Medical Group at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling . There are many other specilty hospitals and medical centers throughout the area.

Is There A Place To Park?
There is not. And if there is, it is probably expensive and it will take forever to find a spot. Please do yourself a favor and don't drive into the district. They have great public transportation.
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