District of Columbia (D.C.)

Welcome to the Capital

As the seat of power and governance, Washington, D.C. is home to the three branches of the U.S. government—the White House, the Capitol Building, and the Supreme Court. These iconic structures symbolize the democratic ideals upon which the country was founded and provide a glimpse into the workings of the nation’s government.

Beyond its political significance, Washington, D.C. offers an unparalleled wealth of cultural and educational experiences. The small, almost rectangular district, is dotted with an impressive array of museums and galleries, including the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex. From the National Air and Space Museum to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, there is something to captivate every interest.

The National Mall, a sprawling green space flanked by iconic monuments and memorials, is a must-visit destination in Washington, D.C. Here, you can pay tribute to historical figures at the Lincoln Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial, and reflect on the sacrifices made by brave American soldiers at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the World War II Memorial.

And although our nation’s fathers never intended for D.C. to become more than just an unincorporated government district, it has over the centuries turned into a vibrant city that has far more on offer than just politics and history. From the trendy streets of Georgetown to the vibrant neighborhoods of Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle, you’ll find a mix of eclectic shops, lively entertainment venues, and a wide array of dining options.

You can also find respite in D.C.’s numerous public parks and gardens. The National Arboretum and the United States Botanic Garden provide serene retreats within the bustling city, while Rock Creek Park offers plenty of opportunity for outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and picnicking.

The National Mall

Museums & Galleries in D.C.

States that Border D.C.