Description - Washington, D.C. is the capitol of the United States serving as the headquarters to the federal government. The President, Congress, Supreme Court, and nearly half million federal workers live or work in one of the country's most beautiful and historic cities. The site was chosen in 1791 and became the capital in 1800. It spans a distance of 68 square miles (177 square kilometers) with the average elevation a mere 25 feet above sea level. Ranked as one of the United States loveliest cities, many of its buildings are magnificent white marble structures surrounded by lovely lawns landscaped with blooming botanicals. The city is densely populated with suburbs stretching out in all directions.
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- Within the confines of the District of Columbia is Washington a fascinating and cosmopolitan city. Within the city limits are the core structures of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the U.S. Federal Government. In addition to these sites, which are open to the public, the city hosts the museums of the Smithsonian Institution and several large memorials commemorating individuals and events in American history. Interesting historical structures line many of the wide streets of the city and provide intimate views into the cultural, historical and political past of the United States.
Recreation - Washington, D.C. contains many green spaces surrounding the National Mall that are open to walking, hiking, rollerblading and biking. Visitors will find it difficult to see all this city has to offer. Outside of the core political district are many unique neighborhoods boasting cultural diversity evident in their restaurants, shops and residents. Washington, D.C. also has the largest metropolitan national park in America, Rock Creek Park. Deep gorges, a rushing creek, equestrians trails, planetarium, and a commuter road closed to weekend vehicular traffic, draws thousands to this woodland oasis.
Climate - The District of Columbia experiences four distinct seasons. Winter can be very unpredictable with bitter cold and freezing precipitation or mild, sunny days. Be prepared with layered clothing for winter visits to the region.
Fall and spring are mild and pleasant with colorful foliage and blooming flora respectively. Usually the humidity remains at a very comfortable level during these seasons. During the summer months the temperatures and humidity, along with the crowds, rise to often uncomfortable proportions, although this season brings outdoor events daily.
The District of Columbia expands 68 square miles (177 square kilometers) along the Potomac River between the East Coast states of Maryland and Virginia.