Washington, DC - level 3

Washington, DC - level 3

01-09-2011 17:00

Washington, DC is named after two men who played an important role in the history of the USA. Washington is the name after the first US president and DC stands for District of Columbia, which was named in honour of Christopher Columbus.

Washington, DC became the capital of the USA in 1800. It covers an area of around 110 square km and nowadays has population of about 500 000. Seventy percent of its inhabitants are African-Americans. The city has many federal buildings, including the FBI and Pentagon. Other than the federal government, tourism is DC’s biggest industry, with the city attracting almost twenty million visitors each year. Unfortunately, this city also has the highest number of crimes per person in the US.

Washington, DC offers numerous galleries and many museums. The most famous is the Smithsonian Institution, which holds the US’s national collections.

Washington, DC has many memorials such as the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, etc. Besides these, there is also the Vietnam Veterans Memorial from 1982. It lists 58,000 names of soldiers who died in Vietnam from 1959 to 1975.

Tons of papers have been written about the White House. Not so many people know that some small parts of the House are built from white stone that is found only on the Croatian island of Brač.

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world. Over 100 million books are put on almost 1,000 km of shelves.

The streets of DC are relatively empty with not much street life; it is a typical administrative city. If one wants to experience a bit of night life, Georgetown, with its small shops and cafés, is the place.

This video shows 10 most famous tourist places in Washington, DC.

Written by Hana

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