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United States Capitol, Washington DC
United States Capitol, Washington DC
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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.

Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
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Geography of Washington DC

Washington 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.

Neighborhoods of Washington DC.

For administrative purposes, Washington, D.C. is divided into eight wards which are subdivided into neighborhoods. The neighborhoods that have been added to this website is pinpointed below.

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Climate of Washington DC

Washington 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
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
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Arriving in Washington DC

There 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
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
Dupont Circle Metro Station, Washington DC
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Getting around in Washington DC

Washington 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
Inside Washington Metro Yellow Line train
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Places of Interest in Washington DC

Washington Monument
Washington Monument
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Control Tower, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Control Tower, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
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Concordia German Evangelical Church, Washington DC
Concordia German Evangelical Church, Washington DC
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  1. United States Capitol
    Grand Neo-classical building that is the meeting place of the United States Congress.

  2. Library of Congress
    The largest library in the world.

  3. US Supreme Court
    Judicial branch of the US government.

  4. The Mall
    Boulevard between the Capitol and the Washington Monument.

  5. National Air & Space Museum
    Museum chronicling the history of aviation.

  6. National Gallery of Art
    Museum established when American financier Andrew Mellon bequeathed his collection of European art.

  7. National Museum of Natural History
    A huge museum with 120 million artifacts from the world's diverse cultures.

  8. National Museum of African Art
    Museum, much of it located underground, exhibiting a 7000-piece permanent collection of modern and ancient art from Africa.

  9. National Museum of American History
    Museum housing artifacts from America's past.

  10. Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery
    Housed in the former US Patent Office building, the art museum contains works by American artists. The National Portrait Gallery houses paintings, sculptures, etchings and photographs of famous Americans.

  11. Washington Monument
    170-meter (555-feet) obelisk built from 1848 to 1884.

  12. National World War II Memorial
    7.5-acre memorial to honor US soldiers and civilians involved in the war.

  13. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Museum commemorating the six million Jews and those deemed undesirable by the Third Reich.

  14. Jefferson Memorial
    Neo-Classical-style memorial to Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States.

  15. Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial
    Memorial in the form of a park with four open-air rooms, documenting Roosevelt's four terms in office.

  16. Lincoln Memorial
    Neo-Classical building with the statue of a seated Abraham Lincoln.

  17. Vietnam Veterans Memorial
    Memorial designed by 21-year-old Yale University studen Maya Lin comprising two triangular black walls set into the earth.

  18. The White House
    Official residence of the President of the United States.

  19. Renwick Gallery
    Museum exhibiting 20th century American crafts from every material.

  20. Corcoran Gallery of Art
    Collection of fine art originally housed in the Renwick Gallery, founded by William Wilson Concoran.

  21. The Kennedy Center
    National cultural center with three main theaters.

  22. Watergate Complex
    A complex of apartments, offices and shops that was linked to the scandal that brought down the Nixon administration.

  23. Georgetown
    Older than Washington itself, today Georgetown is one of its most attractive neighborhoods.

  24. Phillips Collection
    One of the finest collections of Impressionist art in the world.

  25. National Zoological Park
    National zoo established in 1887 on a sprawling 163-acre park.

  26. Washington National Cathedral
    The world's sixth largest cathedral.

  27. Arlington National Cemetery
    Graves of 300,000 American servicemen killed in the major wars from the Revolution to the present.

  28. The Pentagon
    The world's largest office building housing a workforce of 23,000.

National Monuments in the District of Columbia

  1. President Lincoln and Soldiers' Home National Monument

Lincoln Memorial, aerial view
Lincoln Memorial, aerial view
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