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Where is Washington DC?

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Washington DC is located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the east coast of the United States between Maryland and Virginia. The nation's capital is approximately 40 miles south of Baltimore, 30 miles west of Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay and 108 miles north of Richmond. See a Guide to Driving Times and Distances Around the Mid-Atlantic Region.

The City of Washington was founded in 1791 to serve as the U.S. capital under the jurisdiction of Congress. It was established as a federal city and is not a state or part of any other state. The city has its own government to establish and enforce local laws. The federal government oversees its operations. For more information, read DC Government 101 - Things to Know About DC Officials, Laws, Agencies and More.

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Planning to visit Washington DC? See a Washington DC Travel Planner for information on the best time to visit, how long to stay, where to stay, what to do, how to get around and more.

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Washington DC Sightseeing Information

Top 10 Things to Do in the Washington DC Capital Region
National Mall Visitors Guide
A Guide to the Smithsonian Museums
Monuments and Memorials
Best Sightseeing Tours in Washington, DC

Washington DC Maps and Directions

Capitol Beltway Map
District of Columbia Quadrant Maps
National Mall Map and Directions
Georgetown Map
U.S. Capitol Map
Maps, Transportation and Weather Index

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