- By Kevin
- On Jul 14, 2017
- North America
- Travel Tips
Washington D.C, once known as the District of Columbia, is the capital city of the United States of America (USA). The city is bordered by the states of Virginia and Maryland and is located on the Northeast of the USA along the Atlantic Coast. Getting to know the weather in Washington DC, and know what to wear during Washington DC vacation with Washington DC tours guide.
Washington DC runs on the north bank of the Potomac River, an area which includes the Appalachian Mountains that boast altitudes rising to between 4,000 and 6,000 feet. But while Washington DC is said to be one of the less sunny areas of the USA, it still receives more sunshine throughout the year than most of North West Europe. The highest ever recorded temperature in Washington DC was in August 1918, when temperatures reached a blistering 41°C. Conversely, the lowest ever recorded temperatures was in February 1899 when temperatures dropped to -26°C!
Visiting Washington DC
Washington DC has a lot to offer visitors at any time of the year. This was the first planned capital and was named in honour of George Washington, Americas’ first President.
The topography of Washington DC similar to Maryland is fairly flat and easy to get around. However the gradient does rise slightly from the banks of the Potomac River which is surrounded by low hills in the north and rolling land in the South.
There are 3 major natural flowing bodies of water in the city: Potomac River; Anacostia River and Rock Creek. And the area is divided artificially into 4 quadrants: northeast, northwest, southeast, southwest.
Throughout the region there are a range of sites to enjoy. From the wonderful buildings relating to the legislative and historical aspects of the country to the National Gallery of Art, the exotic plants and flowers at the Botanical Gardens, or the creatures at the National Zoo.
In total there are 74 historical sites to enjoy and a further 70 museums.
Washington DC also boasts a national centre for the arts with numerous performing arts establishments such as National Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera, Shakespeare Theatre Company and The Washington Ballet all offering regular performances.
If you like live jazz music then you might like to try the Bohemian Caverns or Madam’s Organ Blues Bar. If watching a game of sport is more for you, then there are major professional teams in Washington, playing soccer, basketball, baseball, hockey and football.
This city is a great place to enjoy the weather, attractions, culture or sports. Check our weather averages to ensure you gain a clear idea of when the best time would be for you to visit.