Washington D.C. Facts


Washington D.C. is one of the most exciting places I've ever seen. It's so full of beautiful monuments, historic sites, and interesting museums that you won't be able to take them all in at once. The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum complex with different museums on the National Mall and in its nearby neighborhoods. Its newest addition is the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened on September 24th, 2016 and showcases more than 3600 years of African-American history.

Read this article for some interesting facts about Washington, D.C. and what you should do while visiting!

20 Facts About Washington D.C.

1. Washington, D.C. is the capital city of the United States. The two letters "D.C." stand for "District of Columbia."

2. The city has an estimated population of over 689,545. It is the 22nd largest city in the country.

3. Washington, D.C. is a major center for politics, business, culture, media, and international affairs. It is home to more than 165 embassies, international cultural centres and more.

Washington Downtown

4. The highest point in Washington, D.C., is 260 feet above sea level at Fort Reno Park in upper northwest Washington.

5. Washington D.C. was established as a city on December 15th in 1790 and has been the capital of the United States since July 16, 1790.

6. Washington D.C. is named after George Washington, the first president of the United States.

7. The D.C. Metro is the second busiest subway system in the United States only behind New York City.

8. The Washington Monument was the tallest structure in the world when it was first built. It is located at the north end of the National Mall.

9. Washington D.C.'s unique street layout has contributed to its nickname as "The Nation's Capital." Speaking of streets, even though streets are lettered, there is no J street.

10. Jimmy Carter spent a lot of time in the white house. He watched over 400 movies, the most of any president.

11. Washington DC is home to the largest building in the world, the Pentagon.

12. In Washington DC, the first President of the United States is carved into stone on Mount Rushmore, a mountain in South Dakota.

13. The White House has 132 rooms and over 80 stairways.

14. Seattle is known for its rainy weather, what is not known by most is that Washington DC actually gets a bit more rain on average.

15. Washington DC is a planned city and was largely designed by French architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant.

16. A popular tourist attraction in Washington D.C. is the National Zoo. There are many different species of animals here, including tigers, lions, gorillas, and orangutans.

17. The Washington Mall is the nickname for a one mile long street in Washington D.C., where most of the museums are located.

Washington Mall

18. D.C. residents were not allowed to vote in the presidential elections until the 23rd amendment was ratified in 1961.

19. Washington, DC is a territory, not a state.

20. George Washington never lived in the city. He died a year after the White House was completed. This means the second president of the US, John Adams was the first person to live there.

21. The White House has 35 bathrooms in total.

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