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.
Bartholdi Park and Fountain, Washington
Bartholdi Park is a small triangular park near the US Capitol. It features miniature themed gardens and the 19th century Bartholdi Fountain, created by French sculptor Bartholdi.
Washington Monument, Washington
The Washington Monument was built as a tribute to the first President of the United States. The 555ft structure was the tallest building in the world when completed in 1884.
Smithsonian Castle, Washington
The Smithsonian Castle, a grand structure built in 1855, was the original home of the museums of the Smithsonian Institution. Today it houses most of the museum's administrative offices.

Random Washington Tours & Activities
Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Washington DC, Washington
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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Electric Cart Tour, Washington
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Morning Monuments Tour of Washington DC , Washington
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