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
Martin Luther King Memorial, Washington
A modern memorial honors Martin Luther King, Jr, a civil-rights leader and Nobel Prize winner who was assassinated in 1968. The centerpiece of the memorial is a tall granite statue of King, created by the Chinese sculptor Lei Yixin.
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.
Ford's Theatre, Washington
This historic theatre building opened in 1833. It was the site of President Lincoln's assassination in 1865 by John Wilkes Booth. Today it is an active theater with an onsite museum.
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.

Random Washington Tours & Activities
Walking Food Tour of the Historic U Street Neighborhood, Washington
  • Average Rating:5.0/5 stars
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Impressionism Art Tour, Washington
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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