US Capitol in Washington DC

Center of world power

Washington DC is the capital of the United States of America. Approximately 550,000 people live in Washington DC. Aside from the government district, the pleasant city of Washington has plenty of cultural and historical attractions to offer.

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US Capitol in Washington DC (Seat of Congress)

US Capitol in Washington DC


Americans are proud of their capital. Washington DC is home to the Capitol, the meeting place of the United States Congress. The White House is also located in the city of Washington. The President of the USA, currently Barack Obama, lives and resides there.

Important monuments in US history

Great figures in US history are honored in Washington DC. In addition to the Lincoln Memorial, Library of Congress and the Washington Monument, there are numerous other historical memorials and museums in Washington.

Abraham Lincoln Memorial

District with special status

Washington DC is located on the Potomac River. The area originally belonged to Virginia and Maryland. Washington DC is a planned and artificially grown city. The center is the Washington Capitol. All the important streets of the American capital begin there. Numerous parks and gardens can be discovered in Washington DC. Washington and the District of Columbia are two names for the city on the Potomac River.

The city was given the name “District of Columbia” in honor of the Spanish explorer Christopher Columbus; Washington was named in honor of the first US President George Washington. The Washington Capitol was completed in 1825. Millions of tourists visit Washington DC every year. The size of the District of Columbia is 177 kmĀ².

Washington DC with many cultural highlights

Away from politics, Washington DC also has a lot to offer culturally, such as museums, theaters and shows. Although Washington DC enjoys a special status within the United States, the social structure is comparable to any other major city in the USA. Washington DC has a particularly large number and monuments to discover. These are mostly reminiscent of famous American politicians and important people in the USA, or of the wars in the United States of America.

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Washington DC Landmarks

  • National Air and Space Museum
  • National Museum of American History
  • United States Capitol
  • The Library of Congress
  • National Gallery of Art
  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • Washington Monument
  • Pentagon
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • White House
  • Washington National Cathedral
  • Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Washington DC – United States

The Washington DC street map shows the location of the major buildings and streets in the borough. In the center of the map, highlighted in light brown, is the government district, the center of power in the USA. The “White House”, the seat of government of the incumbent US President, is relatively close to the Potomac River. The “Unites States Capitol” is also in the “centre of power”. The US Senate and House of Representatives meet there. The US Capitol is the seat of Congress. In addition to the government buildings, there are also numerous sights in the government district of Washington DC that are important in the young history of the USA.