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Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia, is the capital of the United States, founded on the 16th July 1790. The city is a tourist hot spot, with many of the main attractions, situated on the 2 mile long National Mall, that runs through the centre of Washington D.C.

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Flight times from UK Airports to Washington are about 8 hours.

Washington D.C. is served by two airports, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport that is mainly used for internal flights, and Washington Dulles International Airport.

Washington Dulles International Airport is situated 25 miles west of the center of Washington, D.C., in Dulles, Virginia. Prices are about $64 one way by Taxi between Washington and Dulles Airport. There are regular buses & shuttles that run between the Airport and city, bus & shuttle info & price guide. Google Map.

Airlines that fly between the UK & Washington are: British Airways, United Airlines & Virgin Atlantic Airways.

CarHire at any Washington D.C. Airport can be booked through CarTrawler who will scan the best available deals from CarHire companies based at Washington D.C. Airports.

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The Capitol Building is situated at the east end of the 2 mile long National Mall. This is the most impressive building in Washington.

The Senate wing was completed in 1800, and the House wing completed in 1811. Before the building was finnished, the Capitol held its first session of United States Congress on the 17th November 1800.

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The National Air and Space Museum is situated a short distance down the National Mall. This is probably the most visited of the many museums either side of the mall.

The Museum of the Smithsonian Institution has the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world. It also serves as a center for the science of aviation and spaceflight. Also, planetary science and terrestrial geology. Reviews

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Other museums close by are:
American Indian
, Army Medical & Library,

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African Art, Freer Gallery, American History,

Natural History, National Gallery of Art &

Gallery of Art Sculpter Garden.

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The Washington Monument is situated in the centre of the National Mall, the highest building in Washington D.C.

The Monument is an obelisk built in honour of the first U.S. president, General George Washington. The monument is the world's highest stone structure, and the highest obelisk, at 555 feet 5 inches.

It was designed by Robert Mills in the early 1840s, with building starting in 1848. The monument was completed in 1884, as the lack of funds, and the American Civil War (1861- 1865) held up construction.

The different coloured marble, visible about 150 feet up, shows where building was stopped for a number of years. The monument officially opened on the 9th October 1888.

The observation level at 270 ft, allows visitors a great view of the city, free admission.

The White House is situated north of the Washington Monument, just off the National Mall.

The White House is the official residence of the President of the United States. It was built between 1792 and 1800 in the late Georgian style, designed by the Irish born James Hoban.

This has been the residence of every President since John Adams. Thomas Jefferson expand the building in 1801 to designs of the architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe.

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The U.S. National World War II Memorial is situated on the National Mall just west of the Washington Monument.

This memorial was built to honour Americans that served in the armed forces and civilians during World War II.

Made up of 56 pillars, 2 arches, plaza, and fountain, it is situated on the former site of the Rainbow Pool, at the eastern end of the Reflecting Pool, with the Lincoln Memorial at the other end.

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The Lincoln Memorial is situated at the extreme west of the National Mall.

This memorial was built to honor the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. It was opened to the public on the 30th May 1922. The building contains a large seated sculpture of Abraham Lincoln.

The memorial has been the site of many famous speeches, including Martin Luther King's, I Have a Dream, speech, on the 28th August 1963. Reviews . Google Map .

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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is close to the Lincoln Memorial, and the Korean War Veterans Memorial.

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The Jefferson Memorial is situated a short distance south of the National Mall.

This memorial is in honour of Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States.

The neoclassical designed was by John Russell Pope. Construction began in 1939 with the building being completed in 1943. The bronze statue of Jefferson was added in 1947. Reviews.

The Washington National Cathedral is situated about 3.7 miles northeast of the National Mall.

This is the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, of the Episcopal Church.

This is the sixth largest cathedral in the world, second largest in the United States, fourth tallest structure in Washington, D.C.

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Trains run from Washington - Union Station.

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Baltimore is a popular day trip from Washington D.C., 46 miles northeast.

Baltimore was once the second busiest port of entry for immigrants to the United States, after New York.

The city was the site of the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812. After burning Washington., the British attacked Baltimore on the13th September 1814. U S forces from Baltimore's Fort McHenry managed to repel the British.

The top visitor attraction is Fort McHenry, one of the must see places in the USA, along with the harbour area that can be toured by Water Taxi.

Philadelphia is a popular day trip from Washington D.C., 141 miles northeast.

Ben Franklin is credited with Philadelphia's early rise to prominence. It was here that many of the ideas, and actions, led to the American Revolution and American Independence.

Philadelphia served as one of the country's many capitals during the Revolutionary War, and after.

Trains run from Washington Union Station including the Acela Express.

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New York is a popular day trip from Washington, 233 miles northeast.

Trains and buses from Washington normally arrive at New York's Penn Station, in the centre of Manhattan, travel time between 4 & 5 hours. Open top bus tours can then be taken for a day tour of the city and historic islands in the harbour.

Trains run from Washington Union Station including the Acela Express.

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