Washington himself chose the location for the city that bears his
name, and which serves as the seat of government for the United
States of America. Over the course of 200 years, Washington, D.C.
has grown with the nation, and it now represents the very best of
America. From its majestic monuments to its incomparable museums,
from the Mall to the steps of the Capitol, Washington offers
visitors one-of-a-kind attractions.
majestic Capitol building stands at the center of the city, allowing
unobstructed views of the city's most famous attractions. The giant
open space of the Mall is marked off by the various museums of the
Smithsonian Institution, the largest cluster of museums in the
world. The National Air and Space Museum celebrates the nation's
achievements in flight and space exploration, from the Wright
brothers first biplane to the Apollo moon mission and beyond.
Visitors also line up for the Natural History museum to learn about
the sciences and to view the famous Hope Diamond. The Smithsonian
Institution also includes the world-famous Sackler, Freer and
Hirshhorn galleries. Art lovers should also appreciate the nearby
National Portrait Gallery and National Museum of American Art.