The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world with a collection of more than 160 million objects. It contains 535 miles of bookshelves, stocked with over 36 million books, including the largest rare book collection in North America.
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Upon its completion in 1884, the Washington Monument was the tallest structure in the world. Three years later, it was eclipsed by the Eiffel Tower. At 555 feet, the obelisk still remains the tallest object in Washington, DC.
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Georgetown’s Old Stone House is Washington, DC’s oldest unchanged building. Built in 1765 in the British colony of Maryland, the house was already 59 years old when the British invaded the District in 1814.
Baseball season is here and the Nationals are in full-swing. Make your way to Nationals Park, located along the Anacostia River in Southeast Washington, DC, to catch one of 80+ home games this season.
Numerous transportation options are available to those looking to make their way to Navy Yard – Nats Park. Download our Guide to Getting to the Ballpark to avoid crowded Green line trains and transfers. and explore alternatives to taking the car.
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Getting to the National Mall
With more than 24 million visitors from around the world each year, the Mall is an international stage where people gather for celebrations and commemorations. A popular destination with limited parking, the best way to access the Mall is by public transit.
A century-old DC landmark, Union Station is located just blocks from the U.S. Capitol and is considered the city’s top transportation hub. Whether travelling into or out of the District, you’ll be surprised how many transit options are available at this leisure destination.
Located just three miles south of Washington, DC, the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is the nearest commercial airport to the capital city and serves the metro DC area. It is directly accessible by Metrorail and Metrobus, as well as a multitude of other shuttle and rideshare options.
Getting to Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI)
Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport may be located about 30 minutes east of DC, but don’t let the distance fool you—there are plenty of affordable transportation options available. From light rail to bikeshare, this international airport has been ranked one of the top 10 easiest airports to get to.
The biggest and busiest airport in the metro DC area, the Washington Dulles International Airport is located 45 minutes west of DC in Virginia. Currently, the best way to access IAD is by bus, but Metrorail’s Silver Line will service the airport upon it’s completion in 2020.
DC is said to be a city of neighborhoods, each with its own unique history, culture, architecture, demographics and geography. These neighborhoods are the heart of the city—beyond the museums and marble-clad monuments. Select a neighborhood below to explore popular destinations in that area:
Home to numerous museums and theaters, highlights of this centrally-located area include the Verizon Sports and Entertainment Center and designated Historic District.
Known for its diverse mix of independent businesses, bars and lounges, this neighborhood is a cultural hub with a burgeoning restaurant scene.
From the front yard of the White House to Dupont Circle, this neighborhood encompasses most of Washington’s central business district.
This northwest neighborhood hosts a unique mix of restaurants, shops and high-rise apartments, as well as DC’s Convention Center.
One of the oldest residential neighborhoods in DC, Capitol Hill is home to more than just politics. Street fairs, secondhand shops and michelin-starred restaurants reside in this neighborhood.
Home to the Washington Nationals, this new and upbeat neighborhood is located just south of the Capitol, between Capitol Hill and the Anacostia River.
Known for its ivy-league status, Georgetown’s cobblestone sidewalks take visitors to a wide range of retail and restaurant options along the C&O Canal.
Located just east of the Potomac River, this newly revitalized neighborhood is steeped in both history and heritage. Not to mention the views!
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