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Washington D.C.

Washington, D.C. formally the District of Columbia is the capital of the United States, founded on July 16, 1790. The city is located on the north bank of the Potomac River and is bordered by the states of Virginia to the southwest and Maryland to the other side. Washington D.C. is the center of politics, power and influence in the U.S. and once you visit the National Mall area you realize why it is so. New York take a back seat please. The White House, the U.S. Capitol, the security surrounding it, the fenced lawns, the numerous flags, the secret service patrols, and the feeling that you can only look and not touch is omnipresent.

The architecture of Washington varies greatly. Six of the top 10 buildings in the American Institute of Architects' 2007 ranking of "America's Favorite Architecture" are located in the District of Columbia, including: the White House; the Washington National Cathedral; the Thomas Jefferson Memorial; the United States Capitol; the Lincoln Memorial; and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. While I might not agree with all of them, Washington does have a lot to offer. The walk from the U.S. Capitol, through the White House, past the memorials near the Washington Monument and to the monuments around the Tidal Basin are all worth visiting. The museums by themselves will take many weeks to visit, especially the Smithsonian galleries. The Air and Space Museum is a must do.

To do D.C. justice you need a few weeks but don't be deterred, it is a great city for a weekend getaway. If you can make it the weekend of the Cherry Blossom Festival, even better. Usually the blossoms bloom at the end of March, early April and there is no time like that in D.C.

Tidal Basin, Cherry Blossoms, Washington D.C., panorama
Tidal Basin, Cherry Blossoms, Washington D.C., panorama
Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Ducks, Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Ducks, Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Lamp Post, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Lamp Post, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Romance under the Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Romance under the Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Coast Guard Helicopter, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Coast Guard Helicopter, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossom Festival, art, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossom Festival, art, Washington D.C.
Washington Monument, Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Washington Monument, Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Washington Monument, Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Washington Monument, Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Washington Monument, Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Washington Monument, Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Washington Monument, Cherry Blossoms, Washington D.C.
Washington Monument, Cherry Blossoms, Washington D.C.
Washington Monument, Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Washington Monument, Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington D.C.
Cherry Blossoms, Tidal Basin, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington D.C.
Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington D.C.
Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington D.C.
Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington D.C.
Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington D.C.
Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington D.C.
Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington D.C.
Jefferson Memorial, Washington D.C.
Jefferson Memorial, Washington D.C.
Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington D.C.
Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington D.C.
Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington D.C.
Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington D.C.
Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington D.C.
Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington D.C.
Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington D.C.
Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington D.C.
Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington D.C.
Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington D.C.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Washington D.C.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Washington D.C.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Washington D.C.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Washington D.C.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Washington D.C.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Washington D.C.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Washington D.C.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Washington D.C.
The U.S. Flag, Washington D.C.
The U.S. Flag, Washington D.C.
The Seal, Washington D.C.
The Seal, Washington D.C.
District of Columbia, Washington D.C.
District of Columbia, Washington D.C.
U.S. Capitol, Washington D.C., U.S.A
U.S. Capitol, Washington D.C., U.S.A
West face of the U.S. Capitol, Washington D.C.
West face of the U.S. Capitol, Washington D.C.
U.S. Capitol from behind the trees, Washington D.C.
U.S. Capitol from behind the trees, Washington D.C.
Peace Monument with the Capitol, Washington D.C.
Peace Monument with the Capitol, Washington D.C.
U.S. Capitol - a great place for wedding photos, Washington D.C.
U.S. Capitol - a great place for wedding photos, Washington D.C.
Figures of Grief and History on the Peace Monument, Washington D.C.
Figures of Grief and History on the Peace Monument, Washington D.C.
Washington Monument, Washington D.C.
Washington Monument, Washington D.C.
Washington Monument under a storm, Washington D.C.
Washington Monument under a storm, Washington D.C.
Washington Monument on the Reflection Pool, Washington D.C.
Washington Monument on the Reflection Pool, Washington D.C.
Washington Monument with the U.S. Capitol, Washington D.C.
Washington Monument with the U.S. Capitol, Washington D.C.
Washington Monument from the World War II memorial, Washington D.C.
Washington Monument from the World War II memorial, Washington D.C.
Washington Monument from Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.
Washington Monument from Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.
The White House, Washington D.C.
The White House, Washington D.C.
The White House with Washington Monument, Washington D.C.
The White House with Washington Monument, Washington D.C.
Protestors at the White House, Washington D.C.
Protestors at the White House, Washington D.C.
Protestors at the White House - Sril Lankans, Washington D.C.
Protestors at the White House - Sril Lankans, Washington D.C.
Treasury Building, Washington D.C.
Treasury Building, Washington D.C.
The U.S. Treasury building designed by Ammi Burnham Young, Washington D.C.
The U.S. Treasury building designed by Ammi Burnham Young, Washington D.C.
Statue of Albert Gallatin by Sculptor James Earle Fraser, Treasury, Washington D.C.
Statue of Albert Gallatin by Sculptor James Earle Fraser, Treasury, Washington D.C.
Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.
Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.
Lincoln Memorial from the World War II Memorial, Washington D.C.
Lincoln Memorial from the World War II Memorial, Washington D.C.
Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.
Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.
Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.
Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.
Lincoln Memorial - too close to the airport, Washington D.C.
Lincoln Memorial - too close to the airport, Washington D.C.
Lincoln Memorial - side view, Washington D.C.
Lincoln Memorial - side view, Washington D.C.
Abraham Lincoln, Washington D.C.
Abraham Lincoln, Washington D.C.
Lincoln Memorial - sitting proud, Washington D.C.
Lincoln Memorial - sitting proud, Washington D.C.
Inside the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.
Inside the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.
Lincoln looks over Washington DC
Lincoln looks over Washington DC
Lincoln's speech, Washington D.C.
Lincoln's speech, Washington D.C.
Memorial across the Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Memorial across the Tidal Basin, Washington D.C.
Capitol from the World War II memorial, Washington D.C.
Capitol from the World War II memorial, Washington D.C.
World War II Memorial, Washington D.C.
World War II Memorial, Washington D.C.
World War II Memorial Eagle, Washington D.C.
World War II Memorial Eagle, Washington D.C.
Korean War Memorial, Washington D.C.
Korean War Memorial, Washington D.C.
Korean War Memorial, Washington D.C.
Korean War Memorial, Washington D.C.
Korean War Memorial Wall, Washington D.C.
Korean War Memorial Wall, Washington D.C.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial - FDR had polio, Washington D.C.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial - FDR had polio, Washington D.C.
Roosevelt Memorial - hide and seek, Washington D.C.
Roosevelt Memorial - hide and seek, Washington D.C.
Roosevelt Memorial - Glued to FDR on the radio, Washington D.C.
Roosevelt Memorial - Glued to FDR on the radio, Washington D.C.
Roosevelt Memorial - the bread line, Washington D.C.
Roosevelt Memorial - the bread line, Washington D.C.
Roosevelt Memorial - Eleanor Roosevelt, Washington D.C.
Roosevelt Memorial - Eleanor Roosevelt, Washington D.C.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, Waterfalls, Washington D.C.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, Waterfalls, Washington D.C.
Roosevelt Memorial - one of many waterfalls, Washington D.C.
Roosevelt Memorial - one of many waterfalls, Washington D.C.
Roosevelt Memorial - I hate war, Washington D.C.
Roosevelt Memorial - I hate war, Washington D.C.
World War 1 Memorial, Washington D.C.
World War 1 Memorial, Washington D.C.
DAR Constitution Hall, concert hall,  Washington D.C.
DAR Constitution Hall, concert hall, Washington D.C.
Sculpture, Washington D.C.
Sculpture, Washington D.C.
Simon Bolivar Memorial at the Interior Dept., Felix W de Weldon,  Washington D.C.
Simon Bolivar Memorial at the Interior Dept., Felix W de Weldon, Washington D.C.
Tulips, Washington D.C.
Tulips, Washington D.C.
Old Post Office Building, Washington D.C.
Old Post Office Building, Washington D.C.
U.S. Customs and Border Center, Washington D.C.
U.S. Customs and Border Center, Washington D.C.
Traffic lights and buildings, Washington D.C.
Traffic lights and buildings, Washington D.C.
Roller hockey near the White House, Washington D.C.
Roller hockey near the White House, Washington D.C.
Eisenhower Building, Washington D.C.
Eisenhower Building, Washington D.C.
Old building in Washington D.C.
Old building in Washington D.C.
Rotunda, Washington D.C.
Rotunda, Washington D.C.
Washington DC building
Washington DC building
Stone building, Washington D.C.
Stone building, Washington D.C.
Inside the Ronald Reagan Building, Washington D.C.
Inside the Ronald Reagan Building, Washington D.C.
IRS in, Washington D.C.
IRS in, Washington D.C.
The statue of General William Tecumseh Sherman, Washington D.C.
The statue of General William Tecumseh Sherman, Washington D.C.
Oscar S. Straus Memorial - Justice, Washington D.C.
Oscar S. Straus Memorial - Justice, Washington D.C.
The cavalry sculpture group, Washington D.C.
The cavalry sculpture group, Washington D.C.
Statues near Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.
Statues near Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.
Andrew Jackson Statue - Lafayette Park, Washington D.C.
Andrew Jackson Statue - Lafayette Park, Washington D.C.
Winged Victory, designed by Daniel Chester French, Washington D.C.
Winged Victory, designed by Daniel Chester French, Washington D.C.
Windows in , Washington D.C.
Windows in , Washington D.C.
The Secret Service, Washington D.C.
The Secret Service, Washington D.C.
Chesapeake Bay, Washington D.C.
Chesapeake Bay, Washington D.C.
Air Tran can get you into Baltimore
Air Tran can get you into Baltimore