WASHINGTON, D.C. ("District of Columbia") is the capital of the United States of America and located on the eastern banks of the Potomac River, which separates it from Virginia to the southwest, its boundaries make it a 68-square-mile, 177-square-kilometer, enclave carved from Maryland.
GEORGETOWN, Washington's most exclusive and picturesque residential area, laid out in 1750, pre dates the formation of the district. Located northwest of the junction of the Potomac River and Rock Creek, 1 mile (.6km) northwest of the the White House. In 1871 it was merged into the District, and in 1878 it was annexed to the city. Georgetown is designated a national historic district.
Population: Washington D. C., 606,900; Washington Metropolitan Area, 3,923,574.
Land Area: 61.4 square miles.
Flight times: Chicago-2 hrs., London-6.5 hrs., NY.-.75 hrs., Miami-2 hrs., San Francisco 5.5 hrs., Tokyo-15 hrs.
Average mean temperature: 55 F (14° C), Days of sunshine: 200 days, Annual precipitation: 39.5 inches.
Average Daily High/Low Temperature:
March - May: 66°f / 45°f, 19°c / 9°c
June - Aug.: 87°f / 67°f, 30°c / 19°f
Sept. - Nov.: 69°f / 50°f, 20°c / 11°c
Dec. - Feb.: 45° / 29°f, 9°c / -1°c
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Official Tourism Site of Washington, DC www.washington.org
Visitor Resource Center www.vrc.dc.gov
Wahington is served by 3 major airports:
Ronald Reagan National Airport (www.metwashairports.com/National)
Dulles International Airport (www.metwashairports.com/Dulles)
The Baltimore Washington International Airport (www.bwiairport.com)
Airport Shuttle service: curbside pick-up at all area airports – continuous service to/from most airports in the D.C. /Baltimore Area.
Washington D.C. Center to: Ronald Reagan National Airport - 15 minutes, Dulles International - 45 minutes).
Washington MTA, The Metro (www.wmata.com): Public subways & Light Rail (excellent direct to Reagan Nat. Airport) that serve D.C. & the neighboring suburbs in Maryland and Virginia.
Amtrak (www.amtrak.com): (800) USA-RAIL.
Greyhound: (800) 231-2222.
Arlington National Cemetery (www.arlingtoncemetery.org): Located on the mall. Opens at 8 am 365 days a year. From April 1 to Sept. 30 the cemetery closes at 7 pm; the other six months it closes at 5 pm.
Washington Monument (www.nps.gov/wamo/):Located on the mall. Open 9 am-10 pm.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial (www.nps.gov/vive/): Located on the mall.
Lincoln Memorial: Located at the west end of the Mall.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial: Located south of the Mall.
U.S. Capitol: Located at the east end of the Mall.
White House, Pennsylvania Ave: Located north of the Mall.
Jefferson Memorial (www.nps.gov/thje): Located southeast of the Mall.
Washington National Cathedral (www.nationalcathedral.org): 3101 Wisconsin Ave, NW, (202) 537-5596. Open Sunday 8 am-6:30 pm, Monday-Friday 10 am-5:30 pm. Requested contribution to visit: Adults-$5, Seniors, students and military-$3, Families-$15.
The National Zoological Park (nationalzoo.si.edu): 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, (202) 633-4800. Open April-October 6 am-8 pm, November-March 6 am-6 pm. Free admission.
The Pentagon: The world’s largest office building (3.7 million square feet). A 90-minute guided tour departs every half-hour from9:30 am-3:30 pm Monday-Friday. (703) 695-1776.
The White House: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington at 16th St. (202) 456-1414.
The Smithsonian Institution (www.si.edu): The world's largest museum complex and research organization composed of 19 museums, 9 research centers, and the National Zoo.
Natural History Museum (vertebrates.si.edu): 1000 Jefferson Dr SW, (202) 633-2950. Open 10 am to 5:30 pm. Free admission.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (www.hirshhorn.si.edu): Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW, (202) 633-1000. Museum open daily10 am to 5:30 pm, sculpture garden open 7:30 am to dusk. Free admission.
Freer and Sackler Galleries (www.asia.si.edu): Jefferson Drive at 12th Street, SW. (202) 357-4880. Open daily 10 am-5:30 pm. Free admission.
National Museum of American Art (americanart.si.edu): 8th and F Streets NW, (202) 633-7970. Open daily from 11:30 am to 7 pm. Free admission.
National Museum of African Art (africa.si.edu): 950 Independence Ave SW, (202) 633-1000. Open 10 am -5:30 pm. Free Admission.
National Museum of the American Indian (www.nmai.si.edu): Fourth Street & Independence Ave., SW, (202) 633-1000. Open 10 am-5:30 pm daily. Free admission.
The Anacostia Community Museum (anacostia.si.edu): 1901 Fort Place, SE, 202-633-4820. Open daily 10 am-5 pm. Free admission.
National Portrait Gallery (www.npg.si.edu):Eighth and F Streets, NW, (202) 633-8300. Open daily 11:30 am-7 pm. Free admission.
The Postal Museum (www.postalmuseum.si.edu): 2 Massachusetts Ave., NE, (202) 633-5555. Open 10 am-5:30 pm.
The National Air and Space Museum (www.nasm.edu) On the National Mall at 7th and Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C., close to L'Enfant Plaza or Smithsonian Metro Stations. Open every day 9:45 am - 5:30 pm except December 25. Tours/Reservations: 202 357-1400. Free.
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (www.ushmm.org): 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl SW, (202) 488-0400. Open 10 am-5:30 pm daily. Free admission.
National Gallery of Art (www.nga.gov): 4th and Constitution Avenue NW, located on the Mall. (202) 737-4215. Open Monday-Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm.
RESEARCH CENTERS (www.si.edu)
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives
Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Smithsonian Institution Libraries
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Ford’s Theatre (www.fordstheatre.org): 511 10th St. NW, (202) 638-2941.
National Theatre (www.nationaltheatre.org):1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington. (202) 628-616.
The Shakespeare Theatre (www.shakespearetheatre.org): 450 7th St. NW, Washington (202) 547-1122.
The Studio Theatre (www.studiotheatre.org): 1333 P St., NW Washington, DC 20005. (202) 332-3300.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (www.kennedy-center.org): 2700 F Street, NW, (202) 467-4600The center for: The Washington Opera, the National Symphony Orchestra and the Washington Ballet. The Millennium Stage concert series are free concerts given every night of at 6 pm in the Grand Foyer.