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About Washington

The foundation of American history

The site of multiple historic events and blockbuster films, home to iconic monuments and fascinating museums, Washington DC has almost too much to offer. Despite avoiding the hustle and bustle of New York City, holidaymakers will still be spoilt for choice in a city that has more tourist attractions than you can shake a star-spangled banner at.

Washington DC was founded in 1790 and named after George Washington, the first President of the United States. The focal point of the city is the National Mall, a landscaped park that encompasses the most recognisable of US monuments, including the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Smithsonian Museums, The Capitol Building and, of course, The White House. The Mall is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and receives around 24 million visitors annually.