The heart of Capital Region USA, Washington, DC is compact but packs a big punch.
Washington, DC is a favourite of visitors sightseeing in the Capital Region. It’s known for being the capital of the USA, but that’s only the beginning: Attractions in DC include famous monuments, captivating museums (many of them free!) and the National Mall, a two-mile-long national park flanked by the U.S. Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial.The nation’s capital has a booming restaurant scene, diverse neighbourhoods home to people and cultures from around the world, festive annual events and vibrant nightlife. Oh, and a little presidential residence called the White House.Getting AroundGet a feel for Washington, DC by viewing the map below, and visit this map for a deeper dive into its neighbourhoods.The best bet for getting around is aboard one of the six Metro lines; you can even reach Virginia and Maryland cities like Alexandria and Silver Spring using the subway system. And after a 50-year hiatus, streetcar service has returned to DC. The route starts behind Union Station and runs along the H Street NE corridor, a newly revitalised area.Annual EventsEach spring, the National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the 1912 gift of Japanese cherry trees from Tokyo’s mayor with a parade and other festivities. In June, the DC Jazz Festival features more than 100 performances at venues across the city.What’s New in DCSet to debut in 2017, mixed-use development The Wharf will breathe new life into the Southwest Waterfront beside the Washington Channel, with a whopping 20-plus restaurants, numerous retail shops, a concert hall and hotels by InterContinental, Hyatt and Hilton.Small plates are popping up on menus throughout the city. Try the trend at Rose’s Luxury in Capitol Hill, H Street’s Maketto or hip newcomer Kinship in the Mount Vernon Square neighbourhood.To explore the rest of the Capital Region, visit our Maryland and Virginia pages.