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Washington, D.C.


Political/Street Map
Washington, D.C.
 
Notice: Many attractions in Washington, D.C., now require a photo ID for entry, and visitors are sometimes subject to security checks.
 
Orientation
After George Washington chose 100 square miles [259 square kilometers] of partly mosquito-infested swamp for a federal city in 1791, Pierre L'Enfant drew up plans for a grid of streets cut across by boulevards and adorned with fountains and statuary. The swamp was filled in, and today L'Enfant's plan still works: Washington is easy to maneuver, once you understand the street pattern. The city has an excellent subway system and many of the most visited sites are within walking distance of one another.

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When to Go
The best times to visit Washington are the spring (March to May) and fall (September to November). Summers in Washington are extremely hot and humid, and winters are usually cold and gray.

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Statistics
Area: 61.4 square miles [38.2 square kilometers]
Population: 572,059
Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time, five hours behind Greenwich Mean Time

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Getting There
 
By Plane
Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) 32 miles [51 kilometers] northeast of city
Ronald Reagan National (DCA) 3 miles [5 kilometers] south of city
Dulles International (IAD) 26 miles [42 kilometers] west of city
Official Airline Guide: Official Airline Guide Washington, DC
 
By Bus
Washington, DC Greyhound Terminal
1005 1st N.E.
+1 202 289 5154
 
By Train
Washington-Union Station
50 Massachusetts Avenue N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
 
Amtrak Information
1-800-USA-RAIL

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Local Links
Convention & Visitors Bureau
 
News
Washington Post
Washington Times
 
City Information
Digital City
Washington DC
DC Home Page
The District

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