Washington DC Travel Guide
The offices of
the various government agencies take up most of the space of the city, and most
offer free tours to the public. The White House also offers free tours to the
public, and the lines can sometimes stretch around the block to visit "the
people's house." Just outside of the city, the National Zoo houses thousands
of animals on 163 acres of park. Among its residents are two giant pandas given
to the United States as gifts from the People's Republic of China. Across the
river in Arlington, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier stands amidst the sombre
majesty of Arlington National Cemetery, where John and Robert Kennedy are also
many other distractions from politics. Washington's theatre life is thriving;
it is second only to New York in number of theatre seats. The National Symphony
and other musical companies play full schedules. As a temporary home to diplomats
from around the world, Washington's restaurant offerings are the finest and
most diverse around.
And finally, how did Washington get its name. Well like lots of other places
in the US itís pretty difficult to get away from our cousins across the pond,
the Brits. So it will come as no surprise to find out that the cityís name and
the first presidentís roots go back to the North east of England. Washington
Village, Tyne-Wear, is renowned the world over as the ancestral home of George
Washington, the First President of the United States of America. His great-grandfather,
Colonel John Washington, emigrated to Virginia in 1656 from Sulgrave Manor in
Northamptonshire. The Washington family relocated to Sulgrave Manor from Washington
Manor, via Westmoreland, Lancashire and Warwickshire, in the early to mid sixteenth
Some other interesting Washington
Washington D.C.'s official
tree is the Scarlet oak.
The District of Columbia is
divided into four quadrants--Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, and Southeast,
with the U.S. Capitol building marking the spot where all four meet.
Washington D.C. was the first
completely planned capital in the world.
The capital of the U.S. was
until November 30th 1800 Philadelphia the next day Dec. 1, 1800 it
was transferred to Washington.
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