The District of Columbia is surrounded by Maryland to the northwest, north, northeast, east and southeast and Virginia to the south, southwest and west. The Potomac River divides the District of Columbia from Virginia.
Given its designation as the U.S. capital, it is natural that government, national and international politics, and diplomacy are the major industries here. Trade and service industries follow, with finance, law, health care and tourism leading the way.
The District’s sports teams include the National Basketball Association’s Washington Wizards; the National Hockey League’s Washington Capitals; Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals; and Major League Soccer's D.C. United.
In a city that hosts 176 diplomatic missions, Washington, D.C.’s food culture is a mixture of everyone else’s, but there are some noteworthy distinctions. For a complete listing of DC top 100 restaurants please click here.
Washington, D.C., is sister cities with Accra, Ghana; Athens, Greece; Ankara, Turkey; Bangkok, Thailand; Beijing, China; Brussels, Belgium; Dakar, Senegal; Paris, France; Pretoria, South Africa; Rome, Italy; Seoul, South Korea; and Sunderland, England.
There are many attractions to stimulate the cultural, intellect
• African American Civil War Memorial
• Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
• Corcoran Gallery of Art
• John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
• National Mall
• Smithsonian Institution Museums
Please see the Washington D.C. Official Visitors Guide for more information.