United States Capitol, Washington DC
Author: Architect of the Capitol (public domain)
Washington DC is the capital of the United States of America. Often known simply as Washington or The District, it covers 68.3 sq mi (177 sq km) and has a population of 620,000 people, within a metropolitan area of 5.58 million people.
Guide to Hotels in Washington DCLooking for accommodation in Washington DC? Here's a list of all the hotels in Washington DC that you can book online.
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Author: Noclip; Chabacano (public domain)
Geography of Washington DCWashington DC covers 68.3 sq mi (177 sq km), including 6.9 sq mi (18 sq km) of water. It was originally planned to be 100 square miles (260 sq km), forming a perfect square ten miles by ten. However the southern portion of the District of Columbia was returned to Virginia in 1846.
Climate of Washington DCWashington DC experiences a humid subtropical climate with four distinct seasons. Summers here are hot and humid, winters cool with snow, while spring and fall are warm. July is the warmest month, with average high temperature of 88.5°F (31.4°C). January is the coldest month, with average low temperature of 28.7°F (-1.8°C). Precipitation is quite evenly spread throughout the year, though May gets the most rain, at 3.99 in (101.3 mm).
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Author: UpstateNYer (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported)
Arriving in Washington DCThere are three major airports serving Washington DC. The closest and most convenient is the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). It takes mostly domestic flights that does not exceed 1,250 statute miles great-circle non-stop. This rule is in place to reduce noise level and also to push more air traffic to Dulles International Airport. Arriving at Ronald Reagan Airport, you can take the Metro Blue and Yellow lines to Washington DC. The trip takes just 15 minutes and costs about $2.
Washington Dulles Airport Aerotrain Terminal
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Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is located 26 miles from downtown Washington DC. It is the biggest airport in the Washington metropolitanh area, and one of the busiest in the country. Arriving here, you can take Metrobus 5A to L'Enfant Plaza, where you can change to the Green, Yellow, Blue and Orange Metro Lines. It takes about 50 minutes to reach the Rosslyn Metro Station and 60 minutes to reach the L'Enfant Plaza Metro Station. The fair is $6 one way (prepare right amount as no change is given).
Dupont Circle Metro Station, Washington DC
Author: Eric Kilby (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)
Getting around in Washington DCWashington DC is laid out to be easy for exploring on foot. However the city is well spread out. To cover long distances, you can the Metro, a rapid transit system comprising five color-coded rail lines. The trains run underground within downtown Washington and above ground in the suburbs. The fare system is quite complicated, based not only on distance traveled, but also the time of day, and the day of the week. To avoid having to understand the fare structure, you can get the Metro passes, which offer unlimited rides for a set number of days. These passes are obtainable from the vending machines that also sell the standard farecards.
Inside Washington Metro Yellow Line train
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Places of Interest in Washington DC
National Monuments in the District of Columbia
Lincoln Memorial, aerial view
Author: Carol McKinney Highsmith (public domain)