Information for Travelers
Washington, DC, the capital of the United States, is a compact city on the Potomac River, bordering the states of Maryland and Virginia.
The District of Columbia was considered the capital of the country so that the federal government was not located in any state.
Pierre-Charles L'Enfant was commissioned by George Washington to plan the city, and you can clearly see L'Enfant's layout of a mesh of streets crisscrossed by wide boulevards.
The most important of these is Pennsylvania Avenue, connecting two iconic buildings: the White House and the impressive Capitol Building.
Alongside and maintaining L'Enfant's vision of an open and spacious city, extends the vast National Mall with its museums and monuments.
Many of the most important things to see and do are in the northwest quadrant along the National Mall and are best seen on foot.
Summer can be unpleasantly hot and humid, so the best times to visit Washington are spring and fall.
Washington DC is defined by imposing neoclassical monuments and buildings.
Including the iconic ones that house the three branches of the federal government: the Capitol, the White House and the Supreme Court.
It is also home to iconic museums and performing arts venues such as the Kennedy Center.
National symbols like the Capitol and the White House are accessible to visitors, along with dozens of other tourist attractions, which include world-class museums and important monuments.
Recognized around the world as a symbol of the United States, the Capitol is the seat of the House of Representatives and Senate.
The massive dome, based on the dome of St. Peter in Rome, towers above all the other buildings in Washington.
The interior is resplendent with frescoes, reliefs and paintings, especially the rotunda under the great cast-iron dome with a ceiling painting by Constantino Brumidi and huge paintings of scenes from American history on the walls.
Next door is the former House of Representatives, with statues of important historical figures.
The small Rotunda do Senate leads to the beautifully restored Old Senate Chamber, where the Senate met until 1859, and the Supreme Court until 1935.
An underground walkway with historical exhibits leads from the Capitol to one of the little-known places to visit in Washington, the Library of Congress.
It is the largest library in the world, inspired by the Paris Opera. You can tour sections on your own, but the free tours reveal your beautiful interior even more.
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