Washington DC Travel and Tourist Information
Few of the tourists and visitors to Washington DC know of the wonderful, colorful and historic old neighborhoods and historic markers that are located within this modern, international city. Centered on the historic Dupont Memorial Fountain at the intersection of three major avenues (Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire), and with the lush grass park surrounding it, the Dupont Circle is a perfect location for people watching and meeting or just relaxing and watching what's going on around you almost year-round. Dupont is lined with 18th and 19th century mansions and brick row houses that recall Washington, DC 's historic grandeur. Now occupied by law firms, think tanks and embassies, the Romanesque and Beaux Arts architecture is best observed from the avenues on a leisurely walk. If you are visiting Washington, DC on a warm and sunny day, take the time to throw a Frisbee in the Rock Creek Park commonly referred to as "P Street Beach," just west of the Dupont Circle....read more »
As the nation's capital, Washington D.C. is certainly not lacking of museums, monuments, exhibits, historic landmarks and a fantastic potpourri of cuisine and nightlife. The District of Columbia is vibrant and alive with thousands of college students, passionate non-profits and swarms of local and international government employees. Get a taste of this unique social climate when you book your airfare to Washington DC through one of the region's major airports: Dulles International Airport (Virginia), Ronald Reagan International (Virginia), and Baltimore/Washington International (Maryland).
The city itself coexists as both the District of Columbia and the city of Washington. When the city was established, it was planned specifically to serve the United States as seat of government. A dispute arose between Virginia and Maryland as to which state would be home to the nation's capital. Thus, the decision was made to establish Washington DC as an independent, non-state entity. What is most interesting about the city is its inhabitants are rule by the United States Congress, which has ultimate authority over DC and resulting in less government representation for residents than they would enjoy in a state...read more »
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