A center of American history and culture, Washington D.C. is unique in that it was established by the Constitution of the United States in the late 18th century to serve as the nation's capital. Set along the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, the District of Columbia was purposely formed to keep the national capital distinct from the states.
Pierre Charles L'Enfant designed the city as a bold and elegant new capital with sweeping boulevards and ceremonial spaces reminiscent of his native city, Paris, France. The plan incorporated broad avenues and major streets which radiated out from traffic circles and rectangular parks, providing open space and landscaping, sites for various statues and smaller memorials, and vistas towards important landmarks and monuments.
Washington, DC is a fascinating city with many attractions. You can easily enjoy your leisure time exploring the free museums, parks, national landmarks, and historic sites. Visitors are fascinated by the variety of sites from the National Mall, Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, and the grand Washington Monument to the world’s largest museum complex of the Smithsonian Institution and the presidential White House.
In its 200 years as the nation's capital Washington has developed into a complex and layered city with multiple personalities. Home to the federal government, it has attracted a diverse mix of government workers, foreign emissaries, lobbyists, demonstrators and petitioners. The city is also headquarters to a number of international organizations such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
In addition to the many beautiful parks and recreational facilities sprinkled throughout, the city also has a thriving cultural and arts scene, and an abundance of top class restaurants. Not to be missed are the city’s unique neighbourhoods including the picturesque Georgetown, one of DC’s liveliest spots. With cobblestone streets, cafes and a lovely riverside walk, it makes for a pleasant area in which to wander.
With all there is to see and do, it is no wonder why over 1.2 million international visitors come to DC annually.