Washington, D.C. is a cultural center providing both residents and visitors
alike a large number of activities ranging from live theater, to a myriad of
that they can visit. It has parks, plazas, and a wide array of
monuments and memorials
. In addition, Washington hosts conventions,
, and celebrations year-round.
Washington is more than just the cultural center of the area. Washington, D.C.
is the seat of government for the United States of America. It is home to the
President, Vice President, and other notable figures in our government.
Today Washington is a thriving metropolitan area with a population of
approximately one half million people who reside in the district proper.
Washington has a number of "neighborhoods" each with its own distinct
personality. Areas such as Adams Morgan and Georgetown sport
other popular attractions.
The city lies on the west central edge of Maryland on the Potomac River
opposite Virginia. Initially Washington was a square with an area of 100 miles,
taken from Maryland and Virginia. Virginia's portion was given back to the
state in 1846, leaving a sixty-eight square mile area for the government.