Washington: a proud and challenging city of majestic boulevards
Washington is a proud and challenging city of majestic boulevards, legendary monuments and idyllic views of the Potomac River. However, the museums and historic sites of the city are all dedicated to both. The beautiful and the terrible past, and even if you don’t have a lot of time left to explore it, you can still tour the heart of America thanks to the touching paintings of American artists.
For a long time, Washington DC gave an image as a boring government city because of its reputation. “The city of southern well-being and northern charm,” as John F. Kennedy described it, often seemed operating in slow motion and pretty boring to visitors.
But nowadays the capital of the United States has an image of renewed energies, making it a very interesting holiday spot for domestic and international travellers as well. There are many famous museums and very neighbourhoods here. With the emergence of numerous restaurants and fashionable boutiques, the District of Columbia has become a cultural centre of the world.
The District of Columbia today is much more than just a site of museums and memorials, or a great backdrop for the evening news. There are four-lined districts. Three of the four surveyors’ lines became the North Capitol, East Capitol, and South Capitol streets. The fourth dividing line stretches west from the Capitol along the middle of the National Mall to the Potomac River, the central area of Washington, D.C.
The city has also many restaurants of the world’s nations, and many stunning theatres. It is worth taking a deeper look into the life of the city in which, among other things, there are plenty of unforgettable landmarks. One of them are the cobbled streets, which are home to over 50% of African-American population.
Washington is a city which is inhabited not only by politicians but also by owners of hereditary mansions. in Washington also live and many immigrants from countries like El Salvador, Haiti, Russia, Italy, etc.
Many free monuments and museums
The intellectual energy of Washington DC. attracts many artists, musicians, architects and other creative personalities. This fact make the city a major destination for more successful and talented people, than one would’ve expect from a city of this size.
Over 3 million people live in Washington DC and the suburbs of Virginia and Maryland. The population of the city itself has about 670 thousand inhabitants
The sights of Washington fit into a rather limited space. A rectangle stretching from Union Station and the Library of Congress in the east to Watergate and the Lincoln Memorial near the Potomac River in the west. Georgetown area, which existed prior to the birth of the Capital city, occupies the northwestern part of this rectangle. Arlington Cemetery stretches along the western coast of the Potomac.
Almost all monuments and museums are free to visit. It may take a couple of days to see the major portion of the city. However, it takes months to get to know the modern Washington that is loved by its inhabitants.
If you do not like walking, especially in the hot summer days, as the city usually suffers from heat and high humidity during the height of summer, you can use the services of multilingual guide, which specialises in auto-walking sightseeing for individual and VIP tourists. You can also use other options of a transport company that runs past the city’s major monuments, museums and government buildings. It stopped in different places, especially at the Capitol, Esplanade and the White House.
Like much in American history, the DC story is a story of compromise. In this case, the balance fluctuated because of the politicians of the North and South. The South politicians dreamed of placing the capital in their zone of influence. After the rejection of such candidates as Boston, Philadelphia and Baltimore, the politicians decided to establish a new city in the midst of 13 colonies, on the banks of the Potomac River. The land was donated by the states of Maryland and Virginia (which took their land back in the 19th century).
Washington was originally ruled by Congress. The British set fire to the city during the 1812 War. In 1846, with talks about the abolition of slavery in the capital, they returned the subordinate port of Alexandria to Virginia.
Over the years, Washington has been developed in different directions. As a sanctuary for the federal government and home for federal employees. On the one hand, and as a ghetto for African Americans and overseas immigrants going north, on the other.
To make it easy to navigate the city,, two designers participated in its planning. Unfortunately, their ideas about the capital came into conflict with each other. Pierre L’ Enfant’s diagonal streets, named after states, are adjacent to the Andrew Ellicott grid. However, remember, that letters go from east to west. The numbers go from north to south. On top of that, the city is divided into four sectors with the same addresses in different parts.