Did you know? Did you know why American foreign policy has been described by some as "foggy?" The U.S. Department of State is headquartered in Foggy Bottom, Washington, DC.
Overview of Washington DC
On July 16, 1790, the Residence Act was passed, creating the area we now know as the Federal District of Columbia, or Washington, D.C. The center for all three branches of the United States federal government is located here. In 2014, there were more than 600,000 residents of the District.
Different Neighborhoods in Washington DC
Check out some of the different neighborhoods Washington DC has to offer.
Foggy Bottom: Along the riverside, Foggy Bottom is home to George Washington University. The area has been the center for much of the industrial development of DC with breweries, glass makers and gas works located there.
Adams Morgan: The Adams Morgan neighborhood is known for being extremely diverse, and the Adams Morgan Day Festival is a favorite local event.
DuPont Circle: The old town of Washington, DC is represented by the DuPont Circle, named after Civil War Union General Samuel Francis DuPont. The rowhouses are styled in Queen Anne and Richards Roman revival styles.
Columbia Heights: The Columbia Heights neighborhood is home to the renovated Tivoli Theatre, Howard University and George Washington University. This central D.C. area was known as "Cowtown" in the 1880s.
Downtown: The northwest quadrant of Washington DC is the official Downtown area or business district with numerous attractions, including the International Spy Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum and Verizon Center.
Top 5 Washington DC Adventures
- Grab some peanuts and Cracker Jacks and watch the Washington Nationals win another game: The town is cheering after getting its Major League Baseball team back. Did you know that the Minnesota Twins used to play as the Washington Senators before relocating?
- Rub elbows with senators and enjoy food and drinks at the Capital Grille DC: This is a highly rated dining establishment located in the heart of the action.
- Learn about your neighbors at DuPont Circle: The DuPont Circle Citizens Association promotes the circle traffic area and offers tours of historical buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Take great pictures of the Washington National Monument at the Washington National Monument Park: This 555-foot marble obelisk is a tourist favorite.
- Learn all of these tidbits of history that you have been missing at the Smithsonian Institution: This is a great place that makes learning fun.