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Washington, DC

In our nation’s capital there are is so much history. The city itself was named after our first President George Washington. The exact date that the District of Columbia ( DC) was founded was July 16, 1790. It was considered as a Federal District according to the United States Constitution. There are so many historical things to see while in Washington, DC. The one thing that is a must see while in Washington, DC is the White House. There were tours that used to be scheduled into the White House but in light of September 11th, 2001, these tours are now limited.

Another great place to visit is the National Mall. The National Mall is an open mall that has many monuments of the American Presidents. You will see the Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, the National World War II Memorial, Korean War Memorial and the Veterans Memorial all in the same vicinity. It also connects the White House to the Capitol Buildings. It really is a site to see.

SmithsonianThe Smithsonian Institute has a lot of educational information that students find very useful when learning about the Nation's history. The Institute was originally founded for the purpose of increasing the knowledge base by a bequest to the U.S. from a British Scientist. President Polk, in 1846 signed into law an act by Congress that made the Smithsonian formally established. Scientists all over the world in the years 1857 and 1866 started to converge in this area, creating their own group called the Megatherium Club. The Smithsonian is recognized as a premier national educational facility complete with 19 museums, 9 research centres and over 140 affiliated facilities all over the world.

A trip to Washington, DC would not be complete without seeing the Library of Congress and the National Archives. These buildings are home to literally hundreds of official documents that have existed in every era in the United States History. Some of the most popular papers on display are the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. There are libraries located all over the city including with one to mention being the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

Many schools from all over the country take field trips to the capital of the United States. There really is so much history and so many great landmarks to see that you can spend a week there and you may not get to see everything Washington DC has to offer. But as educational as it is, youngsters want to have some fun on these trips, whether it is a school trip or a trip with your family. There are some great side trips that children will love and should be added to your itenerary if at all possible.

There are sporting events all year around. DC has the D.C. United, Washington capitals, Washington Mystics, Washington Nationals, the Washington Wizards and the Washington Redskins. So no matter what time of year you visit, there is something for the sports nut to enjoy.

If you are traveling to the area near Christmas time, there is the White House Tree Lighting, which is always a popular event. If it's in the fall, the cherry blossoms will be beautiful and there is plenty of shopping that can be done.

As you can see, Washington DC can be a great place to visit for a learning experience or just to get away and have fun in the Nation's Capital.