History of Washington D.C.
The United States Constitution established Washington D.C. to serve as the nation's capital. It was officially founded on July 16, 1790. Maryland and Virginia both ceded land to create a distinct area for the capital. During the War of 1812, Washington D.C. was nearly destroyed by British troops. Over the years, the borders have expanded and retracted due to war and popularity. Washington D.C. became the district it is today after the Civil War. It continued to develop with the additions to the National Mall and other famous monuments. In the last 200 years, Washington D.C. has become a diverse and historic area.
Whether you are traveling with family or by yourself, you will find something interesting to see! Washington D.C. is home to the Smithsonian Museum which consists of 20 museums and other galleries. The city hosts numerous events including the Cherry Blossom Festival featured below. With more than 2,200 restaurants in the area, the whole family can find something to enjoy!
Find out more visitors information on the Official Tourist Website.
Seasonal Feature: Cherry Blossoms Festival 2019
Do you know the history of cherry blossoms?
In 1912, Japan sent 3,020 cherry trees to the United States as a gift of friendship. First Lady Taft and the Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese Ambassador, planted the first two cherry trees on the northern bank of the Tidal Basin. These two original trees are still standing today near the John Paul Jones statue at the south end of 17th Street. The annual Cherry Blossom Festivals are organized and hosted by The National Cherry Blossom Festival. This year, the official festival is hosted on March 20 through April 14.