Washington DC, sometimes simply referred to as DC, is the capital city of the United States of America. DC is located on the Potomac River’s northern shore, between the waterway and the land transport. It is a beautiful city known for its tourist attractions, and historically rich artifacts. Make sure to visit all the tourist spots on your Washington DC private tours.
The DC city was built on a wide and low peninsula in the land surrounded by Potomac River and Anacostia (its tributary). It is encircled by a chain of terraces, some of which even rise up to 400 feet above sea level. The Rock Creek Park (earlier known as The Ravine) separates DC from the city of Georgetown. This place was not very developed until the late 19th century, but after the ravine was built, public transportation became available.
The architecture of DC is influenced by three factors, namely conservatism, classicism, and limitations on the altitude of the structures. The 1800’s architecture was inspired by Classicism, and then the city evolved through many styles like Georgian, Greek Revival, Second Empire, Art Deco-influenced Neoclassical style; by the mid 20th century, the architecture became highly influenced by Modernism.
The United States government owns around half of the land in DC. Thousands of people work in the DC metropolitan area for the federal government. At the late twentieth century, there was a “suburban flight” that contributed to the loss of one-fourth of the city’s population. However, when new jobs in high-tech industries started coming up in Virginia and Maryland, the suburban population increased by 50% in each decade. During the first few years of the 21st century, many young workers moved to revitalized cities for jobs, leading to a marked increase in Washington’s population. In spite of all these shifts, the district’s as well as Maryland’s and Virginia’s economy, remained interdependent.
The climate in Washington DC usually includes high humidity levels. The precipitation here is between 3 to 4 inches per month, distributed evenly throughout the year. Winter in DC is damp, and heavy snowfall and extreme temperatures are not very likely. The daytime temperature in winter can be 2 degree Celsius, while at night it goes below zero. In the summer, high temperature with dense humidity is common. During daytime, the temperature can vary from 24 to 39 degree Celsius. Autumn and spring are pleasant and are longer than winter and summer.