Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Washington DC Sightseeing Tour

Washington D.C. is the capital of United States. The abbreviated D.C. stands for District of Columbia. The city and the district are located on the banks of the Potomac River and bordered by the states of Virginia (to the west) and Maryland (to the north, east and south).

The tour guide's knowledge of the city gave me a lot of informations about the historical washington. The city was named after George Washington, the first President of the United States. The district's name, "Columbia," is an early poetic name for the United States and a reference to Christopher Columbus, an early explorer of the Americas. The city is commonly referred to as Washington, The District, or simply D.C. In the 19th century, it was called the Federal City or Washington City.

A center of American history and culture, Washington is a popular destination for tourists, the site of numerous national landmarks and monuments, the world's largest museum complex (the Smithsonian Institution), galleries, universities, cathedrals, performing arts centers and institutions, and native music scenes.

It took us a day to complete the tour, visiting everything the city has to offer (museums, historical landmarks and monuments). A must tour for visitors!