The Nation’s Capital

Monuments and memorials, eclectic neighborhoods, local flavor – Washington, D.C. is a place unlike any other. Millions of people visit D.C. every year and it’s no wonder: this is an exciting and beautiful city. The culture of this city captures much of the history and spirit of the American experience. Plan your trip to D.C. by checking out the sights to see, things to do, sporting events, live music, dining options, and so much more. Welcome to the capital - we’ll see you in June.

Photo: K. Summerer

Photo: K. Summerer

WAshington, D.C.

Founded after the American Revolution as the seat of government of the newly independent country, Washington was named after George Washington, first President of the United States and Founding Father. Washington is the principal city of the Washington metropolitan area, which has a population of 6,131,977. As the seat of the United States federal government and several international organizations, the city is an important world political capital. Washington is one of the most visited cities in the world, with more than 20 million annual tourists.

Photo: R. Kennedy

Photo: R. Kennedy

Northern Virginia

Northern Virginia comprises several counties and independent cities in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. It is the most populous region of Virginia and the Washington metropolitan area.

Communities in the region form the Virginia portion of the Washington metropolitan area and the larger Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area.

NoVa’s transportation infrastructure includes major airports Ronald Reagan Washington National and Washington Dulles International, several lines of the Washington Metro subway system, the Virginia Railway Express suburban commuter rail system, transit bus services, bicycle sharing and bicycle lanes and trails, and an extensive network of Interstate highways and expressways.



The state of Maryland borders Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia to its south and west; Pennsylvania to its north; and Delaware to its east. The state's largest city is Baltimore, and its capital is Annapolis. Among its occasional nicknames are Old Line State, the Free State, and the Chesapeake Bay State. It is named after Queen Mary of England.