EVENTS IN WASHINGTON DC
Federal Disctrict: District of Columbia
Population (2010): 601,723
Climate: Humid subtropical typical of the US Mid-Atlantic states, with average summer highs in the mid 80s (F) and average winter lows in the upper 20s (F).
Time Zone: Eastern / Eastern Daylight
Washington DC's Top Venues: DAR Constitution Hall, Fedex Field, National Theatre, Verizon Center, RFK Stadium
Teams in Washington DC: Washington Redskins, Washington Nationals, Washington Wizards
Featured Events in Washington DC:
While it is certainly most recognizable as the capital of the United States, Washington, D.C. is much more than just the city that plays host to politics. A rich history coupled with a vibrant cultural center make the tiny district nestled against the Potomac River a favorite destination among vacationers across the country. With enough things to do and see, the city definitely requires a return visit (or several) to fully take in.
Though it's now the capital, such wasn't always the case. It was not until 1801 that the city was officially given the title. Since then, Washington, D.C. has certainly seen its share of action. It was burned in the War of 1812, and throughout much of the 19th century it did not resemble the bustling metropolis it is now.
The largest draw of D.C. is the abundance of history throughout the city. At almost every corner there is a memorial, monument or statue commemorating an important time of the country's past. It's hard not to take a trip there without stopping by the National Mall. This expansive park is located in the heart of the city and includes some of the most iconic structures in the U.S. In one fell swoop you can take in the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and Capitol Building. If you're lucky enough to stop by in spring, don't leave without checking out the beautiful cherry blossoms that will be in full bloom next to the Jefferson Memorial.
Adjacent to the National Mall are enough museums and other buildings to meet the interests of just about everybody. With a stroll down the mall you can take in the National Museum of American History, the National Museum of the American Indian and the National Air and Space Museum.
Washington, D.C. also offers up plenty of intrigue for those interested in the supernatural. It is commonly considered to be among the most haunted cities in the United States, with locations such as Mary Surrat's boarding house (where the conspirators allegedly planned Lincoln's assassination met) earning their fair share of legends.
If you want to catch a game while you're in town, Washington, D.C. is also home to a slew of professionals sports teams. The Washington Nationals play their home games at near by Nationals Park, one of the most modern parks in the MLB. Tickets are usually easy to come by and nearly every seat in the house is a good one.