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Washington DC is a hub for American politics and history. Attracting as many school field trips as it does travelers the district offers a peek into the country’s democratic origin.

Washington DC is a hub for American politics and history. Attracting as many school field trips as it does travelers the district offers a peek into the country’s democratic origin. 

Population: 646,449

Washington, D.C. is a wonderful place to visit. There are plenty of free museums to take advantage of but the real draw here is the memorials and monuments dedicated to great American leaders. Spend some contemplative time at the Reflecting Pool within the National Mall, among the most patriotic places in the country.

In addition to the wealth of attractions relating to the government and its history, you can examine Impressionist masterpieces in the National Gallery of Art, experience the beauty of the United States Botanical Gardens' exotic plants and flowers, and learn about the creatures of the African Savannah at the National Zoo. There is so much to do and see in the nation's capital.

Washington is in the humid subtropical climate zone. Spring and fall are warm, while winter is cool with annual snowfall averaging 39 cm. Winter temperatures average around 3.3 °C from mid - December to mid-February.

Summers are hot and humid with a July daily average of 26.6 °C and average daily relative humidity around 66%. 

D.C. is a walking and biking town. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) operates the city's generally excellent public transportation system.

The Metrorail is D.C.'s intra-city train system. It is composed of six color-coded rail lines that run primarily underground within the District and above ground in the nearby suburbs. 

The tourist-friendly D.C. Circulator buses operate between main attractions and the city's most popular neighborhoods for visitors. All D.C. Circulator routes run every ten minutes and cost $1 per ride. 

Metrobus operates hundreds of routes throughout the D.C. metro area. Metrobus will take you places hard to reach via Metrorail or the Circulator, and can be a really convenient, comfortable way to travel. In addition, some Metrobus lines operate later into the night than Metrorail. 

One-way Ticket  1.75 $

Monthly Pass  60.00 $

United States Capitol:  The most magnificent building in Washington, the U.S. Capitol Building is where visitors go to witness politics in action. Inside, members of both houses of Congress debate and create national policy and law, while visitors explore the building's north and south wings and circular centerpiece.

The National Mall: The best way to see most of Washington's monuments and museums is to stroll down the Mall, a greenway crowned by the Capitol and lined with treasure all the way to theLincoln Memorial. 

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial: (the wall) One of the most moving war memorials. Is a long black granite wall with the names of more than 58,000 Americans who perished during the Vietnam War emblazoned on its surface. 

The Washington Monument: It was the tallest structure in the world. And nowadays, you can ride one of the Monument's glass-encased elevators to the top observation deck to enjoy 360-degree views of the city.

The White House: Home to every U.S. president since John Adams in 1801, the White House is America's most famous homestead. 

Source: http://travel.usnews.com/Washington_DC/Things_To_Do/

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