Washington Travel Guide

Browse 518 travel reviews, 262 travel blogs and 18,827 travel photos from real travelers to Washington. Also known as: Washington DC, Washington D.C.

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Washington Overview

Washington—more commonly known as Washington DC or the District of Columbia—is a city of possibilities. From its broad range of public museums detailing the history of not only America but mankind itself, as well as a veritable treasure-trove of the nation’s most important memorials with places like the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, or the Washington Monument, Washington boasts a broad array of sights and sounds that have millions of people flocking to the city every year.

Washington is at its heart a city of politics. The foundations of the city were laid down as a result of American history, and while it wasn't the first capital of the country, it has remained so for most of the recorded history of the country, and between the White House itself and the various other government branches that make their headquarters here, Washington can be said to be one of the major centers of power on planet Earth.

Washington is built in a unique section of the country along the Potomac River, and it is this waterfront section of the city that most people never think about when they come, when in fact it is the oldest and most unique section of the city that goes back to long before the place was established as a seat of government. Known as the Southwest Waterfront region, it is famous for its seafood and some of the most amazing architecture you can see outside of the national monuments. For a long time the waterfront district was considered an embarrassment as a slum smacked up against the Capitol, but there are literally dozens of restaurants, clubs, bars, condos, houses and more that make up the unique look and feel, and when combined with the marinas and the National Defense University, as well as the Navy Yard, make for a side of Washington that most people never get to see.

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