Have any of you been to DC before? Where did you go? What did you do? What would you recommend? Was there anything you thought was overrated? Any of you from DC? If you are what are you favourite things to do as a local? Let me know in the comments! 🙂
So my travel plans changed this week and I ended up staying in the USA for an extra week. Trent had a work trip out in the DC area so I decided to go along instead of staying in Ohio. I literally had 24 hours in DC and was overwhelmed with everyone’s suggestions. Having never been there before I was overwhelmed with everything that there was do however had an awesome day there!
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Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington or D.C., is the capital of the United States. Founded after the American Revolution as the seat of government of the newly independent country, Washington was named after George Washington, first President of the United States and Founding Father. Washington is the principal city of the Washington metropolitan area, which has a population of 6,131,977. As the seat of the United States federal government and several international organizations, the city is an important world political capital. Washington is one of the most visited cities in the world, with more than 20 million annual tourists.
The city hosts 177 foreign embassies as well as the headquarters of many international organizations, trade unions, non-profit, lobbying groups, and professional associations, including the Organization of American States, AARP, the National Geographic Society, the Human Rights Campaign, the International Finance Corporation, and the American Red Cross.
The White House is the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States. It is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. and has been the residence of every U.S. President since John Adams in 1800. The term, “White House”, is often used as a metonym for the president and his advisers.
The modern-day White House complex includes the Executive Residence, West Wing, East Wing, the Eisenhower Executive Office Building—the former State Department, which now houses offices for the President’s staff and the Vice President—and Blair House, a guest residence. The Executive Residence is made up of six stories—the Ground Floor, State Floor, Second Floor, and Third Floor, as well as a two-story basement. The property is a National Heritage Site owned by the National Park Service and is part of the President’s Park. In 2007, it was ranked second on the American Institute of Architects list of “America’s Favorite Architecture”.
The United States Capitol, often called the Capitol Building, is the home of the United States Congress, and the seat of the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government. It is located on Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Though no longer at the geographic center of the Federal District, the Capitol forms the origin point for the District’s street-numbering system and the District’s four quadrants.
The original building was completed in 1800 and was subsequently expanded, particularly with the addition of the massive dome, and expanded chambers for the bicameral legislature, the House of Representatives in the south wing and the Senate in the north wing. Like the principal buildings of the executive and judicial branches, the Capitol is built in a distinctive neoclassical style and has a white exterior. Both its east and west elevations are formally referred to as fronts, though only the east front was intended for the reception of visitors and dignitaries.
The National Mall is a landscaped park within the National Mall and Memorial Parks, an official unit of the United States National Park System. It is located near the downtown area of Washington, D.C., the capital city of the United States, and is administered by the National Park Service (NPS) of the United States Department of the Interior.
The National Mall contains and borders a number of museums of the Smithsonian Institution, art galleries, cultural institutions, and various memorials, sculptures, and statues. The park receives approximately 24 million visitors each year.
Pennsylvania Avenue is a diagonal street in Washington, D.C. that connects the White House and the United States Capitol. Called “America’s Main Street”, it is the location of official parades and processions, as well as protest marches. Moreover, Pennsylvania Avenue is an important commuter road and is part of the National Highway System.
Freedom Plaza, originally known as Western Plaza, is an open plaza in Northwest Washington, D.C., United States, located at the corner of 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, adjacent to Pershing Park. The John A. Wilson Building, the seat of the District of Columbia government, faces the plaza, as does the historic National Theatre, which has been visited by every U.S. President since it opened in 1835. Three large hotels are to the north and west.
The nation’s capital is full of amazing restaurants and tons of international food for travelers to enjoy. Here we give you our five favorite foods to enjoy when we visit Washington, DC.
1. Ethiopian Food: DC has an enormous range of great international restaurants, but one that stands out as quite unique is the abundance of Ethiopian restaurants in The District. If you get a chance check one out and make sure you wash your hands before you eat, because you don’t use a fork and knife, you use your hands and your bread to enjoy the stews, meats and veggies on offer.
2. Maryland Crab: whether it is amazing Maryland Crab Cakes or just plain old tasty crab in anything DC has a lot of crab options for you. So if you see some one selling some crab cakes on the street or on the menu you will get a fresh and local tasty treat.
3. Oysters: the oysters from Chesapeake Bay are worth their weight in tastiness. And what is great oysters are a popular happy hour treat at a number of restuarants around town. So enjoy some oysters and a local beer.
4. Half-Smoked Sausage: whether you are wandering around the national mall looking at museums or you head up to Ben’s Chili Bowl there are plenty of options of eating this local sausage.
5. Other Local Treats: Chicken wings with Mumbo sauce is popular when you can find it. The Mumbo sauce is a combination of sweet and sour sauce and BBQ sauce in my opinion. You can always grab a cupcake in Georgetown (they are famous there), or you can head out to Mount Vernon and grab some peanut soup and some bread pudding.
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Did you know that Washington DC is not a city? Or even a state? And did you know that the state capitol building has its own metro system? It’s true. These are 25 crazy things you didn’t know about Washington DC.
These facts might just change your view on Washington DC:
In 1983 the District of Columbia petitioned to become a state that would be called New Columbia
Why? One reason is that citizens of the district do not have a voting representative in the national legislature
License plates are emblazoned with the age old phrase “taxation without representation” that the colonies used during the Revolutionary War
More wine is consumed per person in DC than anywhere else in the US
The Arlington Ladies is a group of women who attend the funeral of every soldier in the national cemetery so that no soldier is ever buried alone
In Washington DC there is 1 lawyer for every 19 residents
For every US senator there are 74 lobbyists
You probably could have guessed that the “Washington” in “Washington DC” comes from George Washington but did you know that the “Columbia” in “District of Columbia” is a tribute to Christopher Columbus
Washington DC is not a city or a state. It is a special federal district created to be the seat of government
Remember how we said that DC residents don’t have voting rights in congress? That’s because the district was created as a seat of government and not intended for people to live in (although today more than half a million people call it home)
Ever since 1971 the district has had one representative in the House of Representatives but he/she doesn’t have voting rights.
The Library of Congress is the largest library in the country
It has over 500 miles of bookshelves
A former Mouseketeer wrote Washington DC’s song in 1951
The White House was the place of residence for every US president except George Washington
The US capitol building has its own subway lines
Underneath the capital building is a crypt where George Washington was going to be buried
And underneath that is a nuclear fallout shelter
8 presidents never went to college: Washington, Jackson, Van Buren, Taylor, Fillmore, Lincoln, Johnson, and Cleveland.
The Washington Monument is the world’s tallest free standing masonry structure
And the world’s tallest obelisk
There is a grotesque of Darth Vader on the Washington National Cathedral
Other cities that have served as the US capital have been New York City, Philadelphia, and Annapolis
The National Air and Space Museum is one of the most popular museums in the world. It attracts more than 9 million people annually
Speaking of museums, if you ever visit you’ll be happy to find out that most (over 100) of the museums and attractions are free
The capitol of the United States, Washington DC is a pretty cool place. If you ever get the chance to visit you should absolutely do it. But before you do, check out these cool lists: