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Sightseeing in Washington DC - what to see. Complete travel guide

Washington has been the capital of the United States for more than 200 years. Founded in 1791, it was named after the first president - George Washington. It is important to know that the city is an independent administrative unit and is not part of any state. There are many interesting nuances with the name of the city: since Washington is located in the northern part of the US, the capital was given another official name - District of Columbia . Local residents do not trouble themselves with the pronunciation of long and complex names, so they call the capital simply "DC".
Washington is an ideal holiday destination for sightseeing tourism fans. This is a real treasure trove of unique historic and architectural sights, the highest "concentration" of which can … Open
This city is the main political and economic center of the country accommodating government agencies, large companies' headquarters, and the White House - one of the main symbols of the United States. Washington is of great tourist interest as well - every year hundreds of thousands of tourists come to admire its historical monuments; there is a huge number of museums and cultural centers in the city.
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One of Washington's main features worth noting is its unique architectural appearance. The fact is that the construction of the city was planned, and one of the first creators of its appearance was Pierre Charles L'Enfant, the world-famous engineer, city planner, and architect from France. The result of a long and controversial planning is priceless architectural monuments of national importance, which can be seen in different parts of Washington. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Literally any kind of entertainment is available to Washington's guests. Here you can have fun and spend interesting time day and night. Budget tourists will be pleased with the fact that … Open
Its outstanding architectural monuments include the White House and the United States Capitol , as well as the beautiful Washington National Cathedral and the Lincoln Memorial . Fans of excursions and architecture experts will undoubtedly note the fact that the city has monuments of various styles. One of the capital's main symbols is the National Mall - an incredibly beautiful landscaped park where the most significant architectural monuments and cultural centers are located.
Washington Library Washington is a multinational city that introduces you to the culture and traditions of the peoples of different countries of the world. One of the most colorful and attractive areas is Chinatown - the concentration of the best Chinese restaurants, shops, and other themed establishments. It is worth noting that Eastern traditions have become an integral part of Washington: the incredibly beautiful and romantic National Cherry Blossom Festival is held here every year.

Photogallery of National Cherry Blossom Festival:
Important advantages of Washington include its great inns and hotels, so it is quite easy to find a suitable place among the available establishments. Near the White House, on Pennsylvania … Open
It is dedicated to the significant event that occurred in 1912. The mayor of Tokyo decided to present the city a few sakura trees as a gift. It was decided to plant them next to an artificial lake near the Washington City Canal. Since then, the trees delight locals and guests of the capital with their unique look every spring. The festival is held in early April - interesting exhibitions dedicated to the culture of Japan are organized as part of the holiday. Another part of the large-scale festival is the traditional Smithsonian Kite Festival , and the National Mall remains a permanent venue for its holding. Amazing architecture and historical heritage, a rich cultural program and an abundance of entertainment facilities are just a few attractive features that make Washington irresistible in the eyes of modern tourists.
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Chinatown ~ Washington Dc Washington is one of the best cities for shopping in the world. It is home to dozens of shopping centers and hundreds of boutiques. In the district of Georgetown, vacationers have an opportunity to visit a truly unique shopping quarter - Shops At Georgetown Park. It is an excellent place to purchase items by famous American brands. The shopping quarter is particularly popular with budget travelers because it is also possible to find quality replicas of branded items at very affordable prices. Of course, there are branded shops by the leading American brands and department stores like Macys and Bloomingdales. These two department stores often have various promotions and sales.
Washington is an ideal holiday destination for sightseeing tourism fans. This is a real treasure trove of unique historic and architectural sights, the highest "concentration" of which can … Open
Many go to Washington to purchase recently released electronics. Indeed, items by Apple Inc. are significantly cheaper than in many European countries. The most popular shopping centers of Washington are located not far from the White House and Pentagon. As a rule, they offer items by upscale and luxury brands. Only upscale travelers will be able to shop at such venues because the prices are really high. There is also a quality shopping center in the building of the railway station. It is a great place to purchase inexpensive items and quality souvenirs.
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Map of all shopping areas
Shopping streets in Washington DC
♥   Shopping area ' F Street NW' Penn Quarter, 1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Wisconsin Avenue' Chevy Chase, 10.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Washington DC
♥   State Park 'Pershing' , 0.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   State Park 'Brande' , 0.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Historical Park 'War in the Pacific' , 2.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   City Park 'Stanton' , 3.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Local Park 'Barnaby Stream V' , 8.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Washington DC from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Baltimore City Hall

From the series “Famous Buildings of Renaissance Architecture”
Charles A. Hopkins stormed the temporary City Hall with a handgun and killed a member of the Baltimore City Council. Hopkins angered that his restaurant was being shut down under the court decision. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity. The old Baltimore City Hall has seen several unusual stories in its life. Nevertheless, a lot of travellers pay more attention to Hall’s architecture, not on history. … Read further

Union Station

From the series “Top 14 Most Astonishing Railway Stations in the World”
The first station was built there in the 19th century and called La Grand. Today’s building has appeared at the place of the old one in 1939. In 1980 the railway station was included in a list of the state meaning monuments. Visitors of Los Angeles like to come at this place. There you can take wonderful photos, adore with the painted marble tessrera and even walk in a romantic inner yard. … Read further
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