Washington, D.C. Travel Guide
Plan Your Washington, D.C. Vacation
The city that invented American politicking, back scratching, and delicate diplomatic maneuvering is itself the result of a compromise. Tired of its nomadic existence after having set up shop in eight locations, Congress voted in 1785 to establish a permanent federal city. Northern lawmakers wanted the capital on the Delaware River, in the North; Southerners wanted it on the Potomac, in the South. A deal was struck when Virginia's Thomas Jefferson agreed to support the proposal that the federal government assume the war debts of the colonies if New York's Alexander Hamilton and other northern legislators would agree to locate the capital on the banks of the Potomac.
The Capital City's hotel scene befits Washington's image as a world-class destination. With so much variety in lodging, the... read more
Washington has long benefited from a constant infusion of different cultures, making it a stellar culinary host for visitors... read more
Things To Do in Washington, D.C.
Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.
- Washington National Cathedral
- Ford's Theatre National Historic Site
- National Archives
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- American Film Institute Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
- Blues Alley
- The Birchmere Music Hall
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Classically majestic and stunningly beautiful, the Capitol, the White House, and the Supreme Court stand at the heart of Washington, D.C.... Read more
Home of the Senate and the House of Representatives, the marble Capitol is an architectural marvel filled with frescoes and statues. Tours... Read more
D.C. is filled with kid-friendly attractions. These sights are sure winners: Any youngster who gets an allowance will enjoy watching... Read more
To get a sense for D.C. as the locals know it, try these experiences. Summers in D.C. add a refreshing twist to the typical... Read more
For thrifty visitors, D.C. can be a dream come true. All the Smithsonian museums and national memorials are free, as are many other... Read more
If ever there was a "do it yourself" city, it's D.C. The Metro system is safe and easy to navigate and most of the major sights and... Read more
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