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Named in honor of George Washington, the City of Washington was founded in 1791 to serve as the new national capital. George Washington himself chose the site of the new capital because of its geographical position in the center of the new republic. John Adams, the second president of the United States, became the first president to reside in Washington, D.C. in 1800.

Washington, DC is home of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex, which includes 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park. The Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo are open every day of the year and are absolutely free! The Smithsonian Institution was established with funds from James Smithson, a British scientist who left his estate to the United States to found "an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge". Now you can reap the benefits!

The White House, the FBI and the Pentagon are among the few major attractions that you will not be able to visit during your stay in Washington: requests to tour these iconic high-security sites must be submitted six months in advance! On the other hand, many other attractions, including the museums, are free, and open to visitors every day.

In addition to its museums and important political monuments, you will enjoy the natural beauty of the nation's capital. Seasonal highlights include the cherry blossoms in April, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in summer, and the bright foliage of the US National Arboretum in the fall.

For more information, visit the Washington, DC tourism website.

Road trip

  • East
  • Road Trip
  • 21 days
$2624 / adult



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