George Washington by Gilbert Stuart

Washington D.C.

Capital of the United States of America


If you love history, Washington D.C., the capital of the United States, is one of the best places to visit! It became the U.S. capital in 1800. Prior, Philadelphia served as the temporary capital while the city was being constructed. President George Washington chose the site for the city along the Potomac River between Maryland and Virginia. Washington, D.C. is home to the U.S. Government.

All three branches (executive, legislative, and judicial) have their headquarters here. Washington D.C. is also home to many monuments, museums, and memorials. Some of the most popular are the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, National Museum of American History, National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of Natural History, and numerous war memorials.

Washington, D.C. is full of our nation’s history with incredible places to visit and explore. The Rush Revere Crew had a fun time completing Operation Milkshake in the city!

It wasn’t until 1964 that the passing of the 23rd Amendment allowed citizens of Washington, D.C. to vote for president.

D.C. stands for “District of Columbia,” which was derived from a poetic name for the United States used at the time of its creation.

The British burned the Capitol in Washington, D.C. during the War of 1812. After a significant amount of renovations and restorations, The Capitol Building reopened in 1819.

Congress declared Washington, D.C. as the new Capitol of the United States on July 16, 1790.


You can visit the Supreme Court, Senate, House of Representatives, and the White House buildings to get a first-hand look at the U.S. Government.