Washington D.C, also known as Washington or simply D.C. is the capital of the United States. This historic city is surrounded by Maryland and Virginia states and consists of three major streams namely the Anacostia River, Potomac River and Rock Creek. Washington has four distinct seasons and the best time to go here is during the springtime when it is warm with a cool breeze. Summers are hot and humid with frequent thunderstorms, while winters are cold with frequent snowfalls.
The U.S. Congress named Washington as the country's capital in 1790. Before this happened, the congress had several meetings with other cities including New York, Philadelphia and Princeton. It was George Washington that chose this district to become the official capital of the United States in 1791 with the agreement of the congress.
Events, Landmarks, Activities
Because of the city's historical importance, the most celebrated events in Washington are Independence Day and Memorial Day. Thousands of people gather at the United States Capitol to watch two huge free concerts, A Capitol Fourth and The National Memorial Day Concert. There are many historical attractions in Washington and included in the must see list are the National Mall, Lincoln Memorial and White House. Learn more about the history of Washington and also the country by visiting the National Archives, Library of Congress, National Building Museum and Smithsonian Museums.
Most visitors to Washington prefer to walk since most of the attractions are close to each other. Other options for getting around the city include using the metro and bus systems or for the more active, bike hire is a possibility. It is not advisable to drive around Washington because parking is expensive and limited.