About Washington DC
Interesting Facts About Washington DC:
Coordinates: 38°53'42.4"N 77°02'12.0"W
Size: 68.3 sq miles
Time Zone: EST (UTC -5)
Temperature averages: 35° F winter, 80° F summer
Rainiest month (on average): May
Did You Know?
The Washington Monument is DC's largest building - it's roughly a tenth of a mile high.
The "DC" in Washington DC stands for "District of Columbia". The phrase "taxation without representation", often heard here, is based on the fact that DC, not being a state, doesn't have any representation in Congress.
Washington was ranked the #1 Most Walkable City in the U.S. by The Brookings Institution in 2007.
DC's area code is 202, but you're also likely to see area codes like 301 and 240 (for nearby Maryland suburbs) and 703 (for Northern Virginia).
L'Enfant Plaza, in the SW quadrant of the city, is named after Pierre L'Enfant, who is credited with creating Washington's first planned street layout in the late 18th century.
DC's current Mayor, Adrian Fenty, was the youngest person ever to assume the post (at age 36). He is also an avid runner who competes regularly in local road races.
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At the northern end of the Skyline Drive, Front Royal has the valley's widest array of outdoor activities: golfing; horseback riding; and canoeing, rafting, kayaking, and inner tubing on the sometimes lazy, sometimes rapid South Fork of the Shenandoah River. And if you didn't disappear into the caverns in Luray, you can go underground here. If you're not headed into the great outdoors, you can see the town's sights in half a day.
Strategically located on a plain near a pass in the Blue Ridge and at the juncture of the north and south forks of the Shenandoah River, Front Royal was named for a royal oak that stood in the town square during the Revolutionary War. In those days, it was a wild...
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