Washington D.C. Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

Washington D.C. Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia


Washington D.C. is situated on the east coast
of the USA, along the banks of the Potomac River. The city has an area of just under 70 square
miles, but it sure packs a lot in! Washington was founded as the nation’s capital
in 1791. As soon as you land here you get a sense of
the power and history that this metropolis represents. Most visitors start at the National Mall,
a two-mile green strip often referred to as “The Nation’s Front Lawn”. Clearly there’s no shopping to be done at
this Mall. What it does offer is a sweep of the country’s
most famous monuments and museums, all in one place. Begin your tour of the Mall at the Zero Milestone, the proposed reference point for distances
on all US maps. To the north you’ll see America’s most famous
residence, The White House. To the south stands the Washington Monument. Rising 555 feet, this marble obelisk is the
centerpiece of the National Mall. The US Capitol Building, on top of Capitol
Hill, is the nation’s seat of federal government. Rest a while by the Reflecting Pool. Surrounded by America’s most iconic tributes
to its heroes and founding fathers, it’s easy to let your mind wander back through
the various chapters of America’s history. Nestled in the trees is the Vietnam Veterans
Memorial. Engraved in its walls are the names of tens
of thousands of soldiers who lost their lives in the battlefields of
Vietnam. The nearby Lincoln Memorial is where Martin
Luther King Jr. made his famous ‘I Have A Dream’ speech. Admire the many sculptures and waterfalls at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
further along the Mall. Across the Tidal Basin, Thomas Jefferson keeps a watchful eye on the
White House from his own memorial, built in the style of ancient Rome. The Mall is also home to many of the nation’s
Smithsonian buildings. To learn more about this interesting collection
of museums and galleries, stop by at the Information Center in the Smithsonian
Institution Building called the Castle. The whole family will enjoy the Smithsonian
National Air and Space Museum, where you can let your imagination fly high
among historic airplanes and spacecraft. Create your own headlines at the Newseum, an interactive museum dedicated to the world
of news media. The Botanic Garden of the Capitol Building
offers an escape from monuments and museums. But the Mall is not the only attraction in
D.C.. To explore the many attractions outside of
the Mall, the convenient Capital Bikeshare system is
available all over the city. In picture-perfect downtown neighborhoods
such as DuPont Circle, browse bookstores by day and try the cafés
by night. Another charming central suburb is Foggy Bottom, named after the fog that rises from the Potomac
River. Here you’ll find the Watergate Hotel and the
Kennedy Center. Pass Washington Circle to get to Georgetown. With its eighteenth-century buildings, it
is the oldest district in D.C., and today university students give it a lively
atmosphere. Wisconsin Avenue and M Street offer many boutique
stores and galleries. North from here is the National Cathedral, one of the largest churches in the United
States. In the nearby Smithsonian National Zoo, the residents are sure to delight monument-weary
children. Another family favorite is the International
Spy Museum. Play undercover agent in an interactive game
where nothing is as it seems! Just across the river in neighboring Virginia
is the nation’s most hallowed ground, Arlington National Cemetery. Wander among rows of tombstones dedicated
to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their
country. President John F. Kennedy’s final resting
place, marked by an ‘eternal’ flame, is one of the most visited graves. From Arlington House you can look back over
D.C. and its surrounding suburbs. Washington has a lot more to offer than the
political buildings and stately monuments that it is so famous for. And no matter how often you’ve seen these
landmarks in the news or in movies, nothing beats
the real thing!

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    Camilla Holmberg

    This video made me wanna visit DC and I did! I loved it, especially the capitolium and it's view over the mall and the Washington monument. I also loved the area around the train station, China town, Georgetown and the riverfront. I wish I didn't spend as much time visiting the monuments in the mall because it was a little disappointing in an otherwise great city. Wish I would've made time for museums instead. But definitely recommend a visit!

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    Michael Penokie

    A nice place to visit. As a resident for several years now, I can say it is among my least favorite cities in America.

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    LAB-Lil' Angry B!tch

    But there IS shopping to be done at the National Mall! Gift & Souvenir shops are located in various points throughout the mall.

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    Aalamkhan Aalam

    worlds number one terrist country america and number one terrorist plan attack house white house one day destroyed america in world

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    De U

    The capital of the the US has to be impressive and it is. This city is impressively laid out (similar to Canberra, Australia) and also endowed with a lot of monuments. I always love well planned – purposed-built cities with abundance of greenery throughout.

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    Eric the Red

    About 10 years ago an ex and I walked from about the Washington Monument to the Capitol Building. There were less than a handful of people out that night, and they were all leaving. The two of us walked down the middle of the grass lawn in almost complete silence outside of our whispers. It was odd to see a place so lively during the day become so empty at night. It was a peaceful and romantic setting though and we took advantage of it.

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    Manan Khan

    Hallo all American people vary vary Happy Crismaeis I love America I am applying US PR any body help me I mov PR i want ligail Lower

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    Mike, Kami, Gabi & Gracie Miller

    I found it kind of funny you said something about Washington circle because Portland has a Washington Square 😂

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    Natanael Zuniga Mandoza

    Que dios bendiga esta linda bella nacion estados unidos de america de aqui comemos todos los paises de todo el mundo si no fuera esta nacion seria terrible la pobresa

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    Arin Gokdemir

    Everything in this video was in Virginia or in Northwest. No mention of the other quadrants or maryland places like silver spring. There are cool things to see all over the city, not just where they showed!

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    Andres David Galindo Mattar

    Washington D. C., oficialmente denominado Distrito de Columbia, es la capital de los Estados Unidos de América. Se administra como distrito federal, una entidad diferente a los cincuenta estados que componen dicha nación, y depende directamente del gobierno federal.

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    MrRoztoc

    Washington, founded July 16th,1790. My hometown in Germany already was 572 years old at that time.
    But Washington now looks like a typical city in Europe. Churches are the tallest buildings there. No skyscrapers.

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    Antoin Rodrego

    For who they say America is young country and makes jokes about it American history isn't just the European history there are older buildings in America built by native Americans older then Roman civilization

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    DeepCupsChan119

    i played the video game The Divsion2 and movie the white house down XD but DC is cool as a government city

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    Gene Williams

    Like just say this. Ok guys you're going to have to start recycling. Also each state can no longer be trusted to govern it's self. One nation under God. United we stand divided we fall y'all!

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    MICHAEL SHANE REYNOLDS

    i bet ROMAN even used this trick on AARON and made him believe he was some prophet . why he wears that damn stupid rooster hat.. or he LOVES MY HERO that much and is stll blind

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    Dylan Priggen

    You know, I’m lucky to be born in North Carolina but I’ve been raised in VA all 20 years of my life. Compared to my parents, they don’t really seem that much to live on the city but I’m different from them. I wish I was born in DC instead of being born in Eden NC. I’ve always been a city boy and I can see myself living in a big city someday because there’s always something happening! But you could say in a sense that I’ve been lucky to be raised in the capital state of the US! Oh yeah 😎 you might as well think that I’ve been born here instead lol

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    Albert Asiamah

    Nice video! A COMPLETE TOURIST GUIDE TO AFRICA ALL IN ONE (Reflowable Format Edition) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HPBWX1Z/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_HM5WCb8N2B4D3

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    Splofyy •

    Live right outside dc and trust me if you’re going here you need to visit the neighborhood anacostia in the southeast region

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    Erich Smith

    Great video. Be sure to check out D.C. Barrel Roll. It’s an unconventional way of capturing the sights and sounds of our nation’s capital:
    https://youtu.be/KHmWCKHYg_Y

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    Sagi Sagara

    Indonesia just announced that it will build a new capital city. Excited to see how the new capital looks like in 10 years and how it represents the country’s diversity. 🇮🇩

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