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Washington, DC - Touring the Nation's Capital
One can't visit Washington, DC without feeling patriotic. As the nation's capital and a place rich in U.S. heritage and politics, Washington, DC is filled with exciting attractions, historic sites and beautiful scenery. Tourists barely know where to start when they arrive!
About Washington, DC
Washington, DC is situated on the Potomac River, and is near the cities of Mount Rainer (MD), North Brentwood (MD), Cottage City (MD) and Colmar Manor (MD). As of 2003, the city's population was estimated at 563,384.
Washington, DC was selected as the nation's capital in 1790, and its name was after the first U.S. president, George Washington. The capital city was designed by French architect and engineer named Maj. Pierre-Charles L'Enfant. During the War of 1812, it was burned in 1814 by the British.
Famous Persons in Washington, DC
Washington, DC has been home to several well-known people including singer Amerie, actress Sandra Bullock and musician Duke Ellington. The movies "Independence Day" and "JFK" were filmed there as well. Also, in performing arts Washington, DC offers the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera and the Washington Ballet.
Sports teams in Washington, DC include the Redskins (NFL), Capitals (NHL), DC United (MLS), Wizards (NBA), Mystics (WNBA) and the Nationals (NL).
Things to Do in Washington, DC
While in Washington, DC tourists are able to explore mile after mile of history while also enjoying the fun aspects of the capital city. The downtown area features jazzy restaurants and music. Georgetown offers both upscale bistros and casual restaurants to fit every taste. Those who enjoy live entertainment can see world-class performers while visiting the Kennedy Center.
Washington, DC also has many other great attractions such as gardens, trolleys, markets, parks. And, there's just a short drive to visit Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, the gorgeous plantation home of George Washington.
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