1,962 Restaurants // 19 Smithsonian Museums // Live Theatres // Lincoln Memorial // Washington Monument // The White House // 600,000 people...
With its two rivers The Potomac and Anacostia, Washington
DC, the Nation’s Capital is unusual in so far as it is not actually a US State
and is just under 64 square miles in size.
On July 16th 1790, the US Congress approved the
creation of a special district which was to serve as the national capital of
The United States. It is uniquely overseen
by the Federal Government rather than any state.
JF Kennedy famously once said that "Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern Charm".
Washington DC has more Live theatres than movie theatres,
New York being the only other city with more theatre goers. DC also has a vibrant Jazz scene with some
great Jazz Clubs, such as The HR 57 on H Street SE.
Washington has some wonderful museums; most of them free to
get in to. There are 19 Smithsonian
Museums as well as the relatively new ‘Newseum’ and fun 'Spy Museum'.
Washington is served by three airports, Dulles
International, Baltimore Washington International (BWI) and Reagan National, primarily
for domestic flights and closest to the city centre. The DC Metro system is comprehensive and
somewhat similar in layout to the London Underground and the fact that fares are more
expensive at commuter time than off peak times of the day, which can be
confusing to visitors. There are various
fare types. Of course you can purchase a
single or return fare, but I found that a Fare Card is the more effective way
to get around as you simply load it with the amount you want (it defaults to
$20) but you can use the minus key at the terminal to bring it down to $10 if
you are there for just a couple of days or you can increase if you are going to
be using the Metro a lot.
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