District of Columbia Overview
Formally known as the District of Columbia, Washington D.C. is the capital of the United States. It was originally founded on July 16, 1790, and started out as a separate municipality within the Territory of Columbia until 1871 when the city and territory merged into what became known as the District of Columbia. It sits along the banks of the Potomac River and is largely a metropolitan area. But despite the fact that the country’s capital is a giant, sprawling city doesn't change the fact that it's situated on a beautiful stretch of land along the banks of a mighty river, and combined with the history of the nation makes for one of the most exciting journeys one can make while in the United States. From the monuments and museums to the businesses and riverbanks, there's more here than meets the eye.
Almost all of the tourists who come to D.C. end up at the National Mall, which stretches along a two-mile swatch of parklands that make up a great number of the city's monuments museums, such as the Smithsonian, the White House, the Kennedy Center, George Washington University, and beyond. However, D.C. isn't limited to government-affiliated businesses and activities, or simply museums and monuments, although it certainly has its fair share. The North Central region of the district contains Howard University, dozens of restaurants, plenty of resorts and hotels, and venues for all sorts of activities. The National Zoo is within the western part of the district, and along with it are more buildings within Embassy Row and the National Cathedral.
However, the landmark of Washington D.C. is the White House. The area known as Capitol Hill is strewn with historic eye-candy, from the Library of Congress to Union Station, and one cannot help but feel a sense of awe and wonder when looking up at the massive buildings that make up the beating heart of America.