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District of Columbia, United States of America

About Washington

WELCOME TO WASHINGTON D.C. 1. Visit the President The most popular attraction in D.C. includes free guided tours of the house, well, some of the rooms anyway. Don't expect to meet the president himself while you visit but you may be able to catch a glimpse of him at times. Beware that this attraction will likely have a looong line, even first thing in the morning. But don’t let that stop you from going, this is definitely one stop you won't want to pass up. 2. Arlington National Cemetery Many war veterans rest here as well as President John F. Kennedy along with his wife Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and their two children, and brother Bobby nearby. JFK's grave is marked with an eternal flame. Nearby you can find the Tomb of the Unknown soldier and join the other many visitors that watch the guard change at regular intervals throughout the day. 3. Stroll the Mall This is not a shopping mall so don't expect to find the latest fashions here. Between this a large green area that is usually bustling with activity. The mall has been the site of many festivals, protests, concerts, and more. Hundreds of people out for exercise jog around the big rectangle every day. The Mall is a good place for a picnic or a quick rest between stops at the nearby Smithsonian Museums. 4. Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens The Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is the last natural marsh in Washington DC. These ponds along the Anacostia River are home to many beautiful blooms among the water and is also home to dozens of species of birds. The Gardens have thousands of water plants and flowers, and it does not cost you anything to visit. 5. Enjoy a Monumental Vacation You can sightsee for free and get a good exercise as you walk around to see the many memorials of DC such as the Washington monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Vietnam Memorial. Most of the monuments are within a short walk of each other and are near the reflecting pool of the Mall. 6. C & O Canal C & O stands for the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal which was once used for shipping goods to the Potomac River. It is a 185 mile long canal completed in 1850 that runs through Maryland and the District of Columbia. If you are visiting popular Georgetown, all you need to do is just take a quick detour down one of many side streets to see the canal up close. Many people like to stroll or bike ride along the banks of the B & O Canal. 7. National Arboretum The National Arboretum is great for the plant lover or gardener in your family. Here, to explore, are more than 400 acres of land riddled with many plants, trees, shrubs and more laid out for your enjoyment. There is even a unique Bonsai collection for you to see. Many people bring a picnic lunch to enjoy casually amidst the beautiful plants. 8. See JFK's Old House John F. Kennedy lived in a historic brick building in Georgetown referred to as the red house, before moving into the White House. JFK's old home is not open to the public but many tourists like to stroll along the street it sits on just to see the building that once served as a home to the Camelot family. Employees at the tourist office can guide you with directions on how to find the old home. 9. Stroll in Georgetown Georgetown is popular trendy, and pricey, but it is also a very beautiful area to stroll in the streets and have lunch at a sidewalk cafe. Window shopping won't cost you anything but can give you a lot of ideas on the latest of everything from clothing to house wares. If you want to get away from the bustling main street, just turn down one of the side streets for a more quiet stroll among the beautiful old mansions and town homes of the elite and rich. 10. Union Station Union Station is built with amazing architecture that is amazing to look at. It is also equipped with many shops and restaurants to lure you inside. 11. Browse Through History at the National Archives At the National Archives you can glance over public government documents, look into your family history, and even see the original Declaration of Independence among over three billion records kept here. The Archives offers group tours but be sure to call ahead to make an appointment. 12. Navy Museum At the Navy Museum you can see various naval artifacts, old ship equipment, and more. You can even see submarine periscopes and World war two gun mounts. These exhibits are completely free can you are free to explore as you wish

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Welcome To D.C.

Washington, the District, or simply D.C., is the capital of the United States, founded on July 16, 1790. The City of Washington was originally a separate municipality within the Territory of Columbia until an act of Congress in 1871 effectively merged the City and the Territory into a single entity called the District of Columbia. It is for this reason that the city, while legally named the District of Columbia, is known as Washington, D.C. The city shares its name with the U.S. state of Washington, which is located on the country's Pacific coast. The city is located on the north bank of the Potomac River and is bordered by the states of Virginia to the southwest and Maryland to the other sides. The District has a resident population of 599,657; because of commuters from the surrounding suburbs, its population rises to over one million during the workweek. The Washington Metropolitan Area, of which the District is a part, has a population of 5.3 million, the ninth-largest metropolitan area in the country. Article One of the United States Constitution provides for a federal district, distinct from the states, to serve as the permanent national capital. The centers of all three branches of the federal government of the United States are located in the District, as are many of the nation's monuments and museums. Washington, D.C. hosts 174 foreign embassies as well as the headquarters of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organization of American States (OAS), the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The headquarters of other institutions such as trade unions, lobbying groups, and professional associations are also located in the District. The city is governed by a mayor and a 13-member city council. However, the United States Congress has supreme authority over Washington, D.C., and may overturn local laws. Residents of the District therefore have less self-governance than residents of the states. The District has a non-voting, at-large Congressional delegate, but no senators. D.C. residents could not vote in presidential elections until the ratification of the Twenty-third Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1961.

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    23, 2012, in Washington. Obama talked about the presidential race and Republican challenger Mitt Romney in the exclusive AP interview before headin...  View Full Article

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