Washington D.C. area, United States
Washington, D.C., USA: Vacations and Travel
We are pretty sure you are familiar with the capital city of the United States, although you might have never been there. Anyone who has looked at the back side of a 5, 10, 20 or 50-dollar bill or a penny will remember seeing an image of the Lincoln Memorial, one of the most famous landmarks in Washington,D.C.
However, you can't appreciate Washington DC's true beauty and importance by simply looking at a dollar bill or penny. You have to walk along its streets and wide avenues, see its impeccable gardens and parks, landmarks and memorials so that you can fully appreciate this city's magnificence. Come and experience Washington D.C., the capital of the most powerful nation in the world.
Political and Cultural Hub
A visit to Washington D.C. reveals this country's history and progress since its beginnings in the 17th century, when it was only a group of thirteen colonies settled by European immigrants. Yet the history of the United States was also shaped by the native peoples of North America, whose rich customs and traditions helped build the extraordinary nation that it is now; the best-known and most influential country in the world.
The District of Columbia (as the city of Washington is officially called) is home to the federal government, the cabinet, executive departments, and agencies, such as the United States Department of the Treasury, the Department of Education, the Department of Health, the National Security Council, as well as the centers of the three branches of the federal government that make up the United States republican government, as well as perhaps the most guarded and secured buildings in the world.
The city's most emblematic of buildings is the White House, the official home and principal workplace of the President of the United States. It is an immaculate building surrounded by impeccably landscaped gardens with an impressive display of security. The next most important building in Washington is the Capitol Building, the meeting place of the United States Congress, which is the legislature of the federal government. Finally, the third most important building in Washington, D.C. is the United States Supreme Court of Justice.
Within the District, as it is known by locals, lay the monuments and memorials erected in honor of previous presidents who helped shape the history of this country. These are President Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, and of course, the first president of the United States, George Washington, the man after whom this important city was named after.
Visiting the U.S. capital is a rich cultural experience. It's a glimpse of how the American people live today. When you visit Washington D.C, you learn about America's roots first hand. You have the opportunity to explore the world's largest museum complex, composed of 19 museums, productive research centers, and a wealth of historic documents, artifacts, and pictorial records in all fields of history and science, not only from the United States, but of all the world and space as well.
Unique Places in the World
Have you ever watched television and heard about places like the Pentagon or the FBI Headquarters? Both located in the Washington,D.C. area and you can see them for yourself and experience the excitement of being in front of the most safeguarded buildings in the world. In charge of national security and of counterintelligence matters (respectively), these buildings protect the interests of the most powerful nation in the world, just like in movies!
Because of Washington, D.C.'s obvious importance in world affairs, it was chosen to be the site of important world organization headquarters, such as for the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, as well as for the American Red Cross' National Headquarters. There are also cultural institutes belonging to the ministries of foreign affairs of different countries, such as the Mexican Cultural Institute, the German Goethe Institute, and the Italian Cultural Institute, which promote cultural exchange between those countries and the U.S., through a series of yearly events, such as music concerts, dance performances, art exhibits and literary lectures.
When you think of a vacation destination in the United States, there are certainly hundreds of places to choose from; from fabulous beaches and majestic mountains for splendid ski trips to an incredible cosmopolitan megalopolis, the U. S. has it all. But, if what you really want is to learn about this great country's history and development, there is no better place to go than Washington, D.C. Here, you'll see fascinating landmarks and meet interesting people, and if you're really lucky, you might even get to greet the most popular as well as the most influential man on the planet: the President of the United States of America.
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