Washington, D.C. City Guide

Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States of America. The D.C. stands for District of Columbia. This district is not part of any state, but was specially created by the Constitution to function as the permanent capital. The district is named after the first US president, George Washington. Besides hosting the three branches of the federal government, D.C. is home to many historic landmarks and monuments, such as the US Capitol and the White House. Other important institutions have settled here, like the International Monetary Fund, the Organization of American States, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Pan American Health Organization, and 176 foreign embassies.

The weather in Washington DC is akin to areas in the Mid-Atlantic U.S. away from bodies of water. Spring and fall are warm, and winter is cool with an annual snowfall average of 14.7 inches. Temperature in winter averages approximately 38 °F from mid-December to mid-February. Blizzards hit about once every four to six years. Summers tend to be hot and humid, a combination that brings frequent thunderstorms, producing tornadoes in the area on occasion. Weather in Washington DC knew its lower temperature during the Great Blizzard of 1899, and the highest in 1918 and then again in 1930

The District's population is a little more than 600,000; a number that increases to over a million from Monday to Friday due to suburban commuters. Overall, the Metropolitan Area has a population in excess of five million inhabitants. This might make it a bit hard to find lodging in Washington DC. However, there are many hotels and accommodations, precisely anticipating all the tourists that come sightseeing and need lodging in Washington DC. On that same note, flights to Washington DC are made widely available by the top airline companies in the world. Flights to Washington DC land in either the Dulles International Airport, Ronald Reagan National Airport, or Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Another notable means of transportation for a DC tour is the DC metro, or DC Subway (not to be confused with the United States Capitol subway system, which connects the United States Capitol to the House and Senate office buildings). The second-busiest rapid transit system in the US, only behind New York City, DC Subway has five lines, 86 stations, and more than one hundred miles of track.

This certainly allows visitors and locals to take in all the Washington attractions, some of which are the National Mall, the Tidal Basin, The Smithsonian Institute and others. Among the most interesting Washington attractions in a DC tour are the DC museums, such as the National Museum of American History. Other important DC museums are the National Gallery of Art and the National Geographic Society Museum. Visiting each of these places may seem complicated, but it isn't so with the help of a trusty DC map, just be careful to get a DC map, there are many Washington Township in US and people from other countries may get confused with this.