Washington D.C. is situated on the east coast of the USA, along the banks of the Potomac River. Most visitors begin at the National Mall. Zero Milestone is the proposed reference point for distances on all US maps. To the north is the White House. To the south stands the Washington Monument. The US Capitol Building, atop Capitol Hill, is the nation’s seat of federal government.
The Mall is also home to many of the nation’s Smithsonian buildings, including the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Reflecting Pool is surrounded by tributes to its heroes and founding fathers, including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial. Washington D.C.’s Capital Bikeshare system makes it easy to reach downtown neighborhoods such as DuPont Circle and Foggy Bottom.
Georgetown is the oldest district in Washington D.C. Wisconsin Avenue and M Street have boutique stores and galleries. To the north is the National Cathedral, the Smithsonian National Zoo and the International Spy Museum. Just across the Potomac is Arlington National Cemetery.