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Washington Monument. Orhan Cam/Shutterstock
Washington Monument. Orhan Cam/Shutterstock
Pennsylvania Avenue. Orhan Cam/Shutterstock
Pennsylvania Avenue. Orhan Cam/Shutterstock
Lincoln Memorial. Cedric Weber/Shutterstock
Lincoln Memorial. Cedric Weber/Shutterstock
Abraham Lincoln statue. Mdgn/Shutterstock
Abraham Lincoln statue. Mdgn/Shutterstock
Jefferson Memorial. Orhan Cam/Shutterstock
Jefferson Memorial. Orhan Cam/Shutterstock
John F Kennedy Centre. Maisna/Shutterstock
John F Kennedy Centre. Maisna/Shutterstock
Air & Space Museum. Alfred Wekelo/Shutterstock
Air & Space Museum. Alfred Wekelo/Shutterstock
Smithsonian Institution. Jawangkun/Shutterstock
Smithsonian Institution. Jawangkun/Shutterstock

Washington Information

Washington is the capital of the USA and a federal district under direct jurisdiction of the United States Congress. Although the state of Virginia and Maryland each donated land to create Washington D.C, it is officially not part of any U.S state and named after George Washington; the first president of the United States and D.C stands for District of Columbia.

The most notable icon and place in Washington is The White House being the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States of America. It is possible to take the White House tour, however public tour requests must be submitted through a Member of Congress or your country’s embassy if you are a foreign tourist. As tours are extremely limited and you need to book several months ahead you can always take the other option of the video tour at the visitor center in Malcom Baldridge Hall.

The United States Capitol building is another noteworthy attraction situated atop Capitol Hill dating back to 1800. Not far from the Capitol Building is the National Mall featuring the world’s tallest stone obelisk, the Washington Monument commemorating George Washington’s success on leading the Continental Army to defeat Great Britain. At the southern end of the National Mall lays the Lincoln Memorial another hot tourist attraction. The Jefferson Memorial comes a close second as Jefferson was a founding partner of America and wrote the famous Declaration of Independence.

The National Mall is more than a park with memorials as it is also contains the best museums to see, all close by with convenient walking distance for tourists. The National Air and Space Museum, Museum of American History, National Gallery of Art, Hirshhorn Museum, Smithsonian Institute are just a few out of so many choices.

Not far from the National Mall, the list of things to see just keeps growing. The Supreme Court Building, Library of Congress, Ford’s Theatre, Postal Museum, Union Station, National Theatre, Holocaust Memorial Museum, The Kennedy Centre and of course so many more memorials with the likes of so many famous people it can be hard to get round to seeing them all.

For more holiday information on Washington you may also want to visit the official tourism government website Destination DC.

White House building, Washington DC, USA. SurangaSL/Shutterstock
White House building, Washington DC, USA. SurangaSL/Shutterstock
The Capitol building, Washington DC. Photo Jon Bilous/Shutterstock
The Capitol building, Washington DC. Photo Jon Bilous/Shutterstock