Travel guide - Washington
Visiting Washington DC is to dive into the heart of United States history. One of the main cities of the East Coast, the US capital is the most fitting tribute to the country’s pioneers. Its grand museums and numerous political institutions make it the decision-making centre of the United States. But looking more closely, you discover a city full of diversity. Travel from the historic centre to the residential district of Southwest Waterfront. Then join the hectic nightlife of the Adams Morgan quarter. A day in Washington shows that the city is much more than just a political capital.
In Washington, you are at the heart of North America’s history. Every visit starts next to the National Mall. This is where you’ll find the main monuments of the city, if not the country. From the Washington Monument to the Capitol, the park is a tribute to America’s heroes. Not too far away, you’ll find the White House, as well as the Lincoln Memorial.
The US capital also offers a special place for culture. There are many museums, including the seventeen institutions that make up the Smithsonian complex. Free to access, these museums are located in the Downtown area of the city. Collections of works of art, space museums and a zoo. All tastes are catered for here. You don’t just see monuments in Washington. The pastoral setting of Potomac Park, with its cherry blossoms in spring, extends alongside the National Mall. On the banks of the Anacostia River, you’ll find the Capitol Waterfront, the city’s tourist and sports centre, with its numerous restaurants and sports complexes. And if you like vibrant places to enjoy your evenings, head for the U Street district. The premier city in the United States will surprise you with its many moods.
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