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  • 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!

Washington D.C. is situated on the east coast of the USA,

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