Washington is the modest capital of a huge country
The capital of the United States of America is Washington is a relatively young and planned city. During his reign, President George Washington initiated a new large-scale development here, which would become the symbol of the new US capital. Today, all the country's authorities and financial organisations of global importance are concentrated in Washington. Representatives of all branches of the federal government, dozens of diplomatic embassies, the main headquarters of the World Bank and the IMF work here.
On the map of the capital, 6 out of 10 of the most outstanding architectural structures of the USA were noted at once. Among them are the Cathedral, the presidential residence of the White House, the Capitol, the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials and the memorial to veterans of the Vietnam War. Another famous place of interest of the US capital is the Washington Monument, which is the tallest building in the city. A popular place for shopaholics is the Ronald Reagan shopping centre with an area of almost 300,000 square metres.
Your city guide marks the cultural and scientific centre of the capital – the National Alley, which faces the facades of museums of American and natural history, aviation and astronautics, and the museums of the Smithsonian Institution.
The subway lines and bus routes form the public transport network of Washington and connect it with the surrounding area. On weekdays, residents of the suburbs come to work in the city itself, doubling its population. Therefore, the Washington Metro takes second place in terms of congestion, after the New York subway. The capital city is the first in the US to implement a system of public use of bicycles. Now everyone can rent two-wheeled vehicles in one of many locations around the city.
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