The District of Columbia
Washington, D.C. (also known as the District of Columbia) is the administrative, military and political powerhouse of the United States. Until the early 1900s, it was a dangerous city to visit. Although crime rates are still high, the city is safer for visitors.
Places to Visit:
Downtown encompasses the White House, The National Mall, Chinatown, Kennedy Center and many more popular attractions. The National Mall is a museum where you can study the history of the monuments and famous cherry blossoms. The home of many Congressional staff members, Capitol Hill, earns its prestigious name as it stands at the center of the Western world. Also, the acclaimed Library of Congress is within eyesight of Capitol Hill.
“Waterfront” has a lively seafood market, and it is no doubt the best place to grab fresh seafood. East End is the famed theater district. On the other hand, West End has political landmarks like the White House and Kennedy Center. Also, in the west is the upscale neighborhood of Georgetown. Old colonial architecture, fine dining restaurants, and luxury boutiques are studded across this elite neighborhood. “Upper Northwest” replicates the lifestyle of Georgetown.
Shaw, Columbia Heights, Dupont Circle, Embassy Row (line of historic mansions housing diplomats), Adams Morgan, Petworth (Abraham Lincoln’s summer cottage) are chill and trendy neighborhoods in “North Central” with thriving nightlife scenes. Also, the eastern region of Washington, D.C. (Anacostia, Brookland, and Near Northeast) might not be the tourist favorite since these neighborhoods are brimming with history.
Washington, D.C. is best explored on foot. You will end up walking to most of the destinations, even if you take a cab or public transport. The cherry blossoms and the pleasant climate make spring the best time to visit the city. Museums are abundant in Washington, D.C. For example, the Holocaust Museum, National Air and Space Museum, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial are important ones. All these heart throbbing monuments are efforts and reminders of the past.
October 18, 2016 12:17 pm