city and district, capital of the United States of America.
The city of Washington has the same boundaries as the
District of Columbia
(D.C.), a federal territory established in 1790 as
the site of the new nation's permanent capital. Named
after the first U.S. president, George Washington, the
city has served since 1800 as the seat of federal government.
Wherever the American citizen may be a stranger, he
is always at home in Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C.
is your city, no matter what country you come from.
If you come from abroad, you may really feel it is your
city, as the capital of the free world. The White House
is now better known around the globe than many palaces
Washington, D.C. is a city of monuments and history.
Like a vision in fantasy, the large white dome of the
US Capitol rises above the trees at the end of converging
avenues in Washington. The Washington area offers a
variety of both natural and manmade environments. It
is an area rich in history and vast scenic beauty. Washingtonians
have the best of many worlds. It is sophisticated, modern,
and an international capitol surrounded by an incredible
countryside. The District of today is a city of power,
prestige and elegance with diverse communities that
reflect the cultural and social diversity of the population.
Washington, D.C. has been the nation's capital since
1800 and home to every U.S. President since John Adams.
The capital city is built to human scale. There are
no skyscrapers because federal law prohibits the construction
of any building taller than the Capitol. There are broad
avenues, plenty of parks, monuments, and memorials.
Washington is also an international capital and is
host to over 130 embassies from around the world. The
presence of foreign governments attracts many international
agencies. Washington is a city of ethnicity, keeping
alive the traditions of diverse people who call this
city a home.
This page has links to information for residents and
tourists in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. See
a list of Important DC Phone Numbers.