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Visiting the US Capital

Washington, D.C. is one of the most interesting cities one could visit. The capital city of the United States of America was named after George Washington, military leader of the American Revolution and the first US President. District of Columbia, which is the name of the federal district containing Washington, is governed by a single municipal government and for practical purposes it is administrated by a mayor. But although Washington, D.C. does not have a representative in the U.S. House of Representatives or Senate, the U.S. Congress maintains the supreme authority.

This small city is considered of extreme importance as all three branches of the U.S. federal government as well as many independent agencies headquarters are located in its area, like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. In addition, Washington, D.C. is the place one should visit in order to admire numerous national landmarks, visit museums-most of them have free entrance to the public-and get excited watching famous sports teams. In fact, Washington, D.C. has been a very popular destination among tourists, which is supported by the fact that every year million of visitors decide to tour the sights and sounds of the US capital. Its endless calendar of special events, like the Cherry Blossom celebration or the National Mall festivities, among a variety of free attractions, transform Washington, D.C. to a year-round inspiring experience for all its habitats and foreign visitors.

But beyond the city’s well-known sights, Washington, D.C. is actually a lively urban center. Packed bars, cafes, bistros, and beautiful restaurants, offer to the visitor a variety of choices and invite all to spend some time with good company. Since some of the U.S. most prestigious and famous universities are located in the city, its beat is further enhanced by thousands of undergrad and graduate students who pursue the degree of their choice while enjoying the city’s possibilities.

If you are wondering whether or not the city is worthwhile I would have to strongly support that it is. Being a “foreigner” who decided to come and has been living in the US capital for the last two years I always invite people to see the city and take advantage at the same time of having their personal free tour guide. Having done exactly that for a number of different friends and local visitors, I am convinced that Washington, D.C. has something new to offer to its visitors whether they are planning to stay just for a few days or for who knows how long.

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