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11 Things to do in Washington D.C.

District of Columbia, District of Columbia

Washington, D.C., is the capital city of the United States, located between Virginia and Maryland on the north bank of the Potomac River. The city is home to all three branches of the federal government, as well as the White House, the Supreme Court and the Capitol Building. It was formally known as the District of Columbia, and it is neither a state nor a city. The contrast between Washington DC's distinguished neo-classical monuments and the whimsical pink puff of cherry blossoms is a unique sight to behold, so if you’re planning a trip to Washington DC this spring, chances are you’re already wondering what the cherry blossoms are all about. Here are some of the best places in the city that will not only offer you an insight into the city’s culture but also help you absorb it well. Take a look!

Visiting Places

1. Washington Monument and the National Mall

The National Mall is one of the most picturesque areas of the city, highlighted by the towering Washington Monument in the center, and lined with several commemorative monuments. Even if you are in town only for a short trip, this is a must-visit stop for any first-time visitor.

2. Lincoln Memorial: One of the major

Washington DC tourist attractions, the Lincoln Memorial is dedicated to the 16th president of the U.S., Abraham Lincoln. Though it is not its architecture that is the most beautiful thing about it, rather it is its reflection that makes it look more majestic when seen in the pool. This memorial is a perfect place to visit if you wish to start your trip on a historic note.

3. Washington Cathedral:

This Neo-Gothic structure is the sixth largest cathedral in the world. Funerals for Presidents Eisenhower, Reagan and Ford were held here. Throughout the cathedral are artistic details to see, from its stained glass windows to the hand-embroidered kneelers that commemorate war heroes and historic events. Special tours, reserved in advance, explore hidden parts of the building and its art.

4. The White House

The White House is the official residence of the President of the United States. Although tours of the interior that include the East, Blue, Green, and Red Rooms; the Ballroom; and the State Dining Room must be reserved well in advance through your Congressional office or embassy, every tourist to Washington will want to see this iconic building, at least from the outside. The free White House Visitor Center, a short distance away, has excellent interactive exhibits that show details about the White House and the presidential families. It includes furniture of past presidents, a model of the residence, historical changes, and videos with insights from presidents about their time living there.

5. National Air and Space Museum

The National Air and Space Museum is one of the world's most popular museums, with a collection of history-making air and spacecraft that includes the original 1903 Wright Brothers Flyer, and Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, the first plane to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. More recent flight history is represented here by the Apollo 11 command module, part of the first manned lunar landing mission. Permanent and changing exhibitions illustrate the science, history, and technology of aviation and space flight, covering topics like the use of air power in world wars, the space race, flight pioneers, and up-to-the-minute flight and space technology.

6. The Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is today the largest library in the world. But it had more humble beginnings, being founded in 1800 to house early documents of the United States that were transferred from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. For the first 100 years, it was mainly a reference library for Congress, but today is home to 158 million items that include 36 million books in 460 languages and 69 million manuscripts. It has the largest collection of rare books in North America. The library is open to the public.

7. National Museum of American Museum

One of the best historical places to visit in Washington DC, the National Museum of American History will excite the history buff in you. A visit to this museum will let you experience the creation of the nation and how it became a powerful empire now!

8. Smithsonian Zoological Park

This national zoological park has around 400 species which include pandas, lions, elephants, and more. Spotting these creatures and being around them will definitely pamper the wildlife enthusiast in you.

9. United States Capitol and Capitol Hill:

Recognized around the world as a symbol of the United States, the Capitol is the seat of the House of Representatives and the Senate. The huge dome, based on the dome of St. Peter's in Rome, stands out above all other Washington buildings. The interior is resplendent with frescoes, reliefs, and paintings, especially the rotunda under the great cast-iron dome with a ceiling painting by Constantino Brumidi and huge paintings of scenes from American history on the walls. Beside it is the former Chamber of the House of Representatives, with statues of leading historical figures.

10. National Gallery of Art:

Housed in two separate buildings connected by a tunnel, the National Gallery of Art is one of the world's premier art museums and one of the most popular in the U.S. Based on the sizable collection of financier and later Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon, its large and diverse collection includes masterpieces of European and American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts. Frequent temporary exhibitions add to this outstanding permanent collection to highlight arts from cultures around the world. Among the highlights is Ginevra de Benci, the only Da Vinci painting in any American museum.

11. The Museum of National history

The Museum of Natural History explores the natural world with permanent and changing exhibits to interest all ages. Most popular exhibits include the renowned Hope Diamond and the dazzling collection of gems and minerals around it; Ocean Hall with its stunning underwater photography and replica of a 45-foot North Atlantic Right Whale; and the Hall of Human Origins, which follows human evolution over six million years in response to a changing world.



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County : District of Columbia
State : District of Columbia
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Type : City
Latitude : 38.90410
Longitude : -77.01723
Area Code : 202
Population : 693972
House Holds : 276546
Median Income : 72935
Land Area : 158351639
Water Area : 18675956
Time Zone : America/New_York