The nation’s capital resides within its own district, spanning the state of Maryland on one side and the Commonwealth of Virginia on the other.
Packed into its relatively modest borders, Washington D.C. is a dense depository of history, politics in action, arts, culture and a top-of-the-line restaurant scene which caters to presidents, diplomats and tourists alike.
As the 20th most populous city in the United States, the 700,000-plus residents who live here count among them not only American government officials and workers, but emissaries and embassy staff from every nation the world over. Famous attractions and neighborhoods include Georgetown, the Smithsonian group of museums, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Capitol Building, Adams Morgan, Navy Yards, Dupont Circle, the Vietnam Memorial, Foggy Bottom, and of course, the White House. Several nearby communities of interest are also within easy reach such as Arlington and Alexandria in Virginia, and Bethesda and Silver Spring in Maryland.