Washington, DC, the country’s capital, is the location created to be the epicenter of policy and government for the United States. The core of Washington, DC is at its own structures, like the White House, the Capitol, the Supreme Court, its own memorials, and also its many open areas, such as the National Mall.
Washington, DC is a fantastic place to live with many different options for recreation and lifestyles. There are an array of cultural activities, entertainment, shops, festivals, outdoor recreation, and good restaurants available throughout the year.
The DC area provides a number of getaways within a couple of hours drive, like the shore, mountains or massive towns (Baltimore, Annapolis, Wilmington, Philadelphia, and New York). A number of these places are accessible by train or bus in case you don’t own a vehicle.
The Washington, DC region is also home to a diverse population of various cultural backgrounds, nationalities, and religions. There are also many different types of homes in the area such as apartments, suburban townhouses, single-family houses, and rural farmlands.
THERE ARE 1,000-2,000 ITEMS LOST IN THE METRO MONTHLY.
Reports say they find about 300-350 sets of keys, 300 cellphones, and 300 pairs of glasses each month. Apparently among the oddest things lost has been a 3 feet long alligator head.
WASHINGTON DC RESIDENTS WERE NOT ALLOWED TO VOTE FOR PRESIDENT UNTIL 1961
DC still does not have any representation in the Senate.
WASHINGTON DC WAS ASSEMBLED ON TOP OF A MOSQUITO INFESTED SWAMP
The town has its own good share of nature as 20 percent of DC is park property.
THERE IS A PASSAGEWAY OF PRIVATE SUBWAYS THAT CONNECT THE CAPITOL BUILDING AND ALSO THE SENATE OFFICE BUILDINGS.
Because of 9/11, access is limited to just staff.
THE CITY ISN’T NAMED AFTER WHO YOU THINK IT IS
If Washington DC was named after George Washington, that would be obvious. However, its named after Christopher Columbus (The District of Columbia).
THERE IS A MARBLE TUB IN THE CELLAR OF THE CAPITOL
Initially, there were four marble bathtubs because the majority of the senators lived in boarding houses where they did not have water.
THE BIGGEST LIBRARY ON EARTH IS THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
It had over 162 million items in its own collection.
TWO AMERICAN PRESIDENTS KEPT ALLIGATORS AT THE WHITE HOUSE.
It is true; Herbert Hoover and John Quincy Adams had pet alligators in the White House.
PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER LOVED TO WATCH MOVIES IN THE WHITE HOUSE.
Still, no other president has beaten his record of watching 480 movies in the White House movie theatre.
WASHINGTON DC CITIZENS LOVE THEIR WINE.
It’s true these folks drink more wine per capita than any other state.
DARTH -VADAR ADORNS THE NATIONAL CATHEDRAL.
This iconic building includes many gargoyles and a few could be the sculpted head of Darth Vader.
WASHINGTON DC IS MISSING “J” STREET.
The town uses letters rather than numbers for the streets, however, because DC was built before the letter J existed, there isn’t a J street in the city.
YOU CAN FIND ELEVATORS IN THE CAPITOL BUILDING THAT ARE OFF LIMITS.
That is because they’re reserved for senators.
DC’S METRO IS THE SECOND BUSIEST SUBWAY SYSTEM IN THE U.S.
Second to the New York Subway station, during the week it has over 9 million riders.
THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS WEREN’T ORIGINALLY FROM WASHINGTON.
The team was born in Boston.
THERE IS A SPY MUSEUM HERE.
Certainly one of the only museums of its kind, the International Spy Museum continues to wow its visitors.
THERE IS A GHOST CAT IN THE CAPITOL.
In the Supreme Court room in the Capitol, you can find cat paw prints just beyond the doorway, and nobody knows where they came from. Legend tells of a phantom kitty lingering in the Capitol.
THERE IS A NUCLEAR FALLOUT SHELTER UNDER THE WASHINGTON CRYPT IN THE CAPITOL.
There are several more across the city and around the country as well.
WASHINGTON DC GETS MORE RAIN THAN SEATTLE.
Only two inches more than Seattle, but this is still shocking.
JOHN ADAMS WAS ACTUALLY THE FIRST PRESIDENT TO LIVE IN THE WHITE HOUSE.
It was built after George Washington’s Death.
You Can Find 35 BATHROOMS IN THE WHITE HOUSE.
Crazy right! There are also 132 rooms and 6 floors. What is even more astonishing is that it has 412 doors, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, 3 lifts and 147 windows.
THERE’S ONLY ONE US PRESIDENT BURIED IN WASHINGTON DC.
Woodrow Wilson is buried at the Washington National Cathedral.
THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS IS THE LARGEST LIBRARY IN THE WORLD.
You can find a lot more than 160,000 items in this library, for example, it has 6,000 books originally owned by Thomas Jefferson.
THERE WAS A TYPO IN THE ORIGINAL ETCHING OF THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL.
It has since been fixed, nevertheless, the letter E had been unintentionally sculpted into the beginning of the word Future on the north wall of this memorial.
THE OLDEST FISH MARKET IN THE UNITED STATES IS IN DC.
The Maine Avenue Fish Market opened its doors in 1805 and it has been open ever since.