Washington, D.C. is the capital of the USA and is designed specifically to house the federal government, and is not part of any state. Washington has one of the best public transportation systems in the USA. The hub-and-spoke rail system is integrated with an extensive bus system, with all lines converging in downtown D.C. Public transportation is often the fastest way to get around.
Must see destinations include The National Mall, which is a large green space stretching from Capitol Hill westward to the Potomac River. It is also where many famous, world class, museums and monuments are found. The best shopping in the city is at Chevy Chase, while students cluster around Georgetown for its variety of bars and restaurants. The 14th Street/U Street is home to a range of nightclubs, boutiques, galleries, and designer furniture stores.
Washington, D.C. is served by three major airports; Ronald Reagan Airport, in Arlington, Dulles International Airport, 26 miles west of downtown DC and Baltimore-Washington International located 30 miles north-east of the city. The airports are easily accessible via The Washington Metro Rail and The Washington Flyer coach.