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Washington DC

Although New York City and Philadelphia each served briefly as the capital of the United States, in 1790, Congress chose the District of Columbia as the permanent seat of government. George Washington helped select the site for the city. Situated on the Potomac River, Washington, D.C., was originally carved out of land transferred from Maryland and Virginia (Virginia's portion south of the river was returned to that state in 1846).

French-born American engineer, architect, and urban designer Pierre-Charles L'Enfant designed the city's basic plan, which features wide avenues radiating from the Capitol building through a grid of streets with numerous circles and parks. Congress first met in Washington in 1800, although construction of the first phase of the Capitol was not completed until 1826. Today, millions come to Washington, D.C. each year to see the Capitol, the White House, the Library of Congress, and the city's many museums and monuments. The flower is the American beauty rose.

Washington, D.C. - Abraham Lincoln Statue

Washington, D.C. - Abraham Lincoln Statue

Washington, D.C. - Adams Morgan Neighborhood

Washington, D.C. - Adams Morgan Neighborhood

Washington, D.C. - Adams Morgan Neighborhood - 2

Washington, D.C. - Adams Morgan Neighborhood - 2

Washington, D.C. - Apex Building

Washington, D.C. - Apex Building

Washington, D.C. - Apex Building - 2

Washington, D.C. - Apex Building - 2

Washington, D.C. - Ariel Rios Federal Building Artwork

Washington, D.C. - Ariel Rios Federal Building Artwork

Washington, D.C. - Arlington Memorial Bridge over the Potomac RiverCarolHighsmith

WashDCArlington Memorial Bridge over the Potomac RiverCarolHighsmith

Washington, D.C. - Auditors Building

Washington, D.C. - Auditors Building

Washington, D.C. - Barn Doors St. Elizabeths Hospital

Washington, DC - Barn Doors St. Elizabeths Hospital

Washington, D.C. - Basilica of the National Shrine

Washington, D.C. - Basilica of the National Shrine

Washington, D.C. - Beer Wagon

Washington, D.C. - Beer Wagon

Washington, D.C. - Bens Chili Bowl

Washington, D.C. - Bens Chili Bowl

Washington, D.C. - Cafe, 1937

cafe. Washington, D.C.JohnVachon1937

Washington, D.C. - Capitol Hill

Washington, D.C. - Capitol Hill

Washington, D.C. - Capitol Hill

Washington, D.C. - Capitol Hill

Washington, D.C. - Chinatown Neighborhood

Washington, D.C. - Chinatown Neighborhood

Washington, D.C. - Civil Rights Demonstrators, 1963

Washington, D.C. - Civil Rights Demonstrators, 1963

Washington, D.C. - Crowd Blocking Suffrage Parade, 1913.

Washington, D.C. - Crowd Blocking Suffrage Parade, 1913.

Washington, D.C. - East Capitol Hill Row Houses

Washington, D.C. - East Capitol Hill Row Houses

Washington, D.C. - East Capitol Hill Row Houses - 2

Washington, D.C. - East Capitol Hill Row Houses - 2