closeIn 1790 Congress chose an area donated by Maryland as the seat of their new government. In 1800 they moved to the new city named after the first president George Washington.
Today Washington is more than just the political center of the United States. The city offers visitors a large number of impressive museums, memorials and monuments such as the 555ft tall Washington Monument.
Random Washington Highlights
Tidal Basin, Washington
The Tidal Basin - a large man-made inlet - is best known for the cherry trees lining its shores but it is also the site of several large memorials: the Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial and MLK Memorial can all be found here.
National Museum of Natural History, Washington
One of the top museums in Washington DC, the National Museum of Natural History boasts an especially large collection of mammals. It is housed in a classical building completed in 1910.
National Museum of American History, Washington
In the National Museum of American History you find numerous items that are related to the history of the United States. Among them many historic objects, but also items that reflect popular culture, such as a jersey worn by Michael Jordan.
Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, Washington
With its 13 horses, this monument is one of the world's largest equestrian statues. Completed in 1922, the memorial honors Ulysses S. Grant, Union general in the American Civil War.

Random Washington Tours & Activities
US Capitol Building and Capitol Hill Walking Tour, Washington
  • Average Rating:4.0/5 stars
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Washington DC Brewery Tour, Washington
  • Average Rating:4.5/5 stars
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Guided DC City Bus Tour Plus Potomac River Cruise, Washington
  • Average Rating:4.5/5 stars
  • Duration: 6 hours
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