Washington, DC, was founded in 1791 as the world’s first planned national capital. It is a city of unforgettable memorials; a place where the striking image of the Washington Monument is never far from sight and the stirring memories of a young democratic republic are never far from mind. The capital’s attractions are more than just governmental, though; visitors will find first-class theaters, music, parks, gardens, and the many museums of the Smithsonian Institution. Washington is a showcase city that, like America itself, opens its arms to everyone.
Washington’s modern, efficient Metrorail subway is an excellent way to get around. It provides services throughout the city and outlying communities. The municipal bus service fills in the gaps, but it can be slow-going in Washington’s traffic. Taxis, Uber, and Lyft are viable options for short trips (especially if you share), and they are a good way to avoid city parking hassles. If you want to drive, all the usual rental operators are downtown or at the airports.