Washington, DC Area
Selected by George Washington to be this nation’s capital in 1790, Washington, DC is part federal government and part bustling urban American city with its treasures of art, culture, music, and history.
Features and attractions
The Capitol Building is both literally and figuratively the center of the city. The geographic quadrants of the city were marked from the building’s location. The city is also home to many world famous museums—including the Smithsonian Institution, International Spy Museum, and the Newsuem – a museum dedicated to the news. Washington DC also plays host to some famous theaters, including Ford’s Theatre, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and The Fillmore in neighboring Silver Spring, Maryland. Furthermore, DC plays host to many professional sports teams, including football’s Washington Redskins, basketball’s Washington Wizards, and baseball’s Washington Nationals, who make their home in DC’s first green-certified ballpark. Washington has an extensive public transportation system that’s clean and efficient, and travels into Virginia and Maryland.
Like any diverse American city, Washington and its surrounding areas have eclectic neighborhoods. Adams Morgan Restaurants feature cuisine from around the world. Georgetown is a popular place to walk or linger in casual cafés and trendy shops. Lafayette Park is home to fascinating museums. The Shaw/U Street Corridor is the place for cool jazz. Old Town Alexandria, Virginia’s waterfront, with shops and restaurants, shouldn’t be missed, and hisotric Mount Vernon is a short drive away.
While many people work for the federal government, others work in tourism, for professional associations, defense contractors, and telecom or technology companies.
Other nearby locations
Washington is only a short drive from Baltimore, Richmond, Philadelphia, Williamsburg, and the Chesapeake Bay beaches.