Washington DC is formally known as District of Columbia or capital of the United States. Washington is an extraordinary city exemplifying the Country’s history life, a working federal city, cosmopolitan center, and a small town ambiance.
Washington DC is the boundaries off to the north, east and west of Maryland and south of Virginia. District of Columbia is located on the northern shore of the Potomac River. Washington DC is known as a territory to serve the seats of the federal government. District of Columbia covers nearly 4000 square miles and encompasses 10 counties. The area is known as the city of quadrants. Streets running north and south are numbered and streets running east and west are lettered. The Capital building is the center point. There are around 700,000 people residing in Washington DC.
Washington Dc is a transit city of public transportation. The city has trains, metro, buses, uber, Segways, taxis, and street cars. Biking, walking, are very popular in the city. The rule of the city is to walk left and stand right when on escalators or stairs.
Cost of Living and Neighborhoods
- District of Columbia is an expensive city life. You need to make around $80,000 to live comfortably in Washington DC. Washington DC cannot build up which raises the rent or house cost. The best neighborhoods to live in are listed below.
- Bloomingdale is a miniature version of the city and is 12 blocks long. The neighborhood has an old charm with brick and stone houses lining the streets with beautiful gardens.
- Logan Circle is three story Victorian condos with accessible shopping and beautiful parks to enjoy. The store fronts are multi-color to enhance the neighborhood. The neighborhood was named after Civil War general John Logan.
- Du Point Circle has a glamorous grand yet a low key quiet atmosphere. There are restaurants, shops and a public park near by the neighborhood.
- U Street is northwest of the city and is known for their nighttime entertainments and local art. Musicians and diversified clubs are around this area.
- Adams Morgan is northwest of the city and is known for their ethnic food and live music venues. This is the loudest and most colorful district.
- Georgetown has 18th and 19th century homes with beautiful gardens, quaint allays, and steep hilled streets. You have many tourists and students visiting the boutiques, cafes and art galleries.
- Foggy Bottom is the West bank of Potomac River. The neighborhood is foggy every morning because of the fog from the river. Foggy Bottom is one of the oldest neighborhoods. IMF Bank, World Bank and John F Kennedy Center are around near the area.
- Shaw is brick federal and Victorian lofts. They are known for the urban neighborhood.
- Navy Yards are a waterfront access and runs along the Potomac River. You can kayak and canoe in the River.
- H Street is known as the hipster street for the millennial. The neighborhood has dive bars, trendy eateries and brilliant mural to color the cityscape.
- Downtown is the residential area, workplace and touristy area.
Politics, Consultants, Lobbyists, Military Personnel, High Technology, Trade associations, and PR firms are popular employment opportunities in Washington DC. Hilton worldwide headquarters are located in Washington DC.
Museums and the White House
History is the city of Washington DC. You can visit world class museums and most all museums are free. All the Smithsonian museums are free. The Smithsonian Museums is the largest world museum with around 154 million artifacts. There are hundreds of outdoor sculptures and monuments that decorate the parks, gardens, and avenues. You can see the Washington monument, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Declaration of Independence and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and many more. The Washington monument is the tallest structure in DC. The White House is located on 1600 Pennsylvania. National Mall is a two mile long from Capital Step to the bust of Abraham Lincoln.
Society and Culture
The dress code is formal and conservative. Meat and potatoes are the main staple of the city. French food is the specialty of Washington DC. And there are a wide range of ethnic restaurants to enjoy. Cupcakes are also known as being amazing in the city. Residents of Washington DC love to brunch. DC is filled with diversified entertainment of theaters, historic sites, concerts, art galleries, boutiques, and events happening in the city. Jazz is a definite music venue you have to experience. Washington Redskins and the Baltimore Ravens are the two professional football teams in the city.
You have to go visit the Cherry Blossoms on the Tidal Basin and around the Washington monument. The Cherry Blossoms are gorgeous and a must to see especially on April 4th through April 15th. Weekend getaways can be the beaches or the mountains. Hiking, biking, running, rafting and rowing are fun activities to do on the weekends. The sightseeing areas are the Rock Creek Park, the US Botanic Gardens, Garfield Park and the Meriden Hill.
Shenandoah Mountains are in Virginia which has cascading waterfalls, and spectacular views. Virginia beaches and Chesapeake Bay Poconos are in Pennsylvania. You can see the most beautiful coastal cities and escape the city life.