The capital city of America, Washington DC is possibly the most important city in the world. It offers the perfect combination of cultural attractions and natural beauty as it is a short drive to the Chesapeake Bay, Potomac River and Shenandoah National Park. It is possible to fly direct to Washington from the UK but for many visitors Washington is visited by renting a car and driving from New York or Philadelphia.A large proportion of the attractions on offer are related to the workings of the US government. It is possible to take guided tours of The White House, Capitol Building, FBI Building and the Pentagon but these must be booked or planned in advance. For those interested in the history of the United States, it is worth visiting the Lincoln Memorial (site of Martin Luther King's Dream speech), The Vietnam Memorial, and Arlington Cemetery (Home of the eternal flame that marks the tomb of President John F Kennedy).Historical sites such as Arlington Cemetery and the Pentagon are located just outside Washington, in the states of Virginia and Maryland. Well-priced car hire has lead to countryside apartments in these states becoming increasingly popular as a base from which to explorer both central Washington and more rural areas such as The Blue Ridge Mountain Range.
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