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Visiting D.C.

Layout of Washington DC
Layout of Washington, DC

Washington, D.C., is divided into four sections: Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, and Southeast.  The U.S. Capitol, at the east end of the Mall, is the hub of Washington's streets.  The Capitol is situated at the intersection of  East Capitol Street, South Capitol Street, North Capitol Street, and the Mall.  The three streets and the Mall split the city into these quadrants.  The White House is the geographic center of Washington's original 10-mile square.  

All numbered streets run north and south, and lettered streets run east and west.  Streets with state names, such as Rhode Island and Pennsylvania, are diagonals.


How to Get Around in Washington

The Metro

Washington has a subway system, called the Metro, which can take you to all of its major tourist attractions, the Pentagon and even National Airport, for a very reasonable fare.  Trains arrive in each Metro station every five minutes during rush hours (6:00 a.m.-9:30 & 3:00 p.m.-6:30) and every ten minutes during the rest of the day.

For information on routes, schedules and fares, visit Metro's website at www.wmata.com.

The Metro bus system is another inexpensive and reliable means of transportation.  Taxicab fares are also reasonable.

The Tourmobile

The Tourmobile and Old Town Trolley are ideal ways to get around the downtown sightseeing area.  Both tours make scheduled stops at points of interest on and near the Mall, including Arlington National Cemetary.  For your convenience, you may get off at any stop, then reboard and continue the tour.  Check their website for more information.

Items of Interest in Washington

The Washington D.C. metro area is full of culture, architecture and activities fit for any lifestyle.  From the downtown to outside the beltway, you can do it in DC!

United States Capitol West Front
credit: Senate Photography Studio
Capitol Hill
Corcoran Gallery of Art
credit: Senate Photography Studio
Museums and Galleries
Jefferson Memorial
Monuments and Memorials
Washington National Cathedral
Cathedrals and Churches
The Arts and Industries Building
The Smithsonian Institution
The White House
Government Buildings
Mount Vernon, Virginia
Historic Area Homes
Union Station
Other Historic Sites
Theodore Roosevelt Island Memorial
Parks and Gardens
Monticello, Virginia
Day Trips from DC

The Smithsonian Institution provides visitors to Washington with culture, history, and heritage with museums, events, and festivals.  Visit their Web site for more information.  (this will take you outside senate.gov)

The D.C. Heritage Tourism Coaltion is dedicated to showcasing the cultural attractions and special events in Washington to visitors from across the globe.  Go to their site for more information (this will take you outside www.senate.gov).

Washington.org is the perfect site for visitors new to Washington, D.C.  Check out their site! (this will take you outside senate.gov)

Click here for more information on the federal government from Firstgov.gov, "your first click to the US Government."

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