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Frequently Asked Questions About Washington, DC


What is the distance from one end of the National Mall to the other?

The distance between the Capitol, at one end of the National Mall, and the Lincoln Memorial at the other, is 2 miles.

More information: On the National Mall in Washington, DC

Where can I find public restrooms on the National Mall?

There are public restrooms located at the Jefferson Memorial, the FDR Memorial and World War II Memorial on the National Mall. All of the museums on the National Mall also have public restrooms as well.

More information: Map of the Restrooms on the National Mall.

Is Washington, DC safe?

Washington, DC is as safe as any large city. The Northwest and Southwest sections -- where most of the museums, shopping, hotels and restaurants are located-- are quite safe. To avoid problems, use common sense and secure your purse or wallet, stay in well-lit areas, and avoid less-traveled areas late at night.

How many foreign embassies are located in Washington, DC?

178. Every country that maintains diplomatic relations with the United States has an embassy in the nation's capital. Many of them are located along Massachusetts Avenue, and other streets in the Dupont Circle neighborhood.

More Information: Washington, DC Embassy Guide

When do the Cherry Blossoms bloom?

The date when the Yoshino cherry blossoms reach their peak bloom varies from year to year, depending on the weather. Unseasonably warm and/or cool temperatures have resulted in the trees reaching peak bloom as early as March 15 (1990) and as late as April 18 (1958). The blooming period can last up to 14 days. They are considered to be at their peak when 70 percent of the blossoms are open. The dates of the National Cherry Blossom Festival are set based on the average date of blooming, which is around April 4th.

More information: Washington, DC’s Cherry Trees - Frequently Asked Questions

What events are planned for Memorial Day weekend?

Memorial Day weekend is a popular time to visit Washington DC’s national monuments and memorials. Major events include the annual Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally (250,000 motorcycles ride through Washington in a demonstration seeking to improve veteran benefits and resolve POW/MIA issues), a free concert by the National Symphony Orchestra on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol and the National Memorial Day Parade.

More information: Memorial Day in Washington, DC

What happens in Washington, DC on the Fourth of July?

The Fourth of July is a very exciting time to be in Washington, DC. There are festivities throughout the day, leading up to a spectacular fireworks display at night. Major events include the Fourth of July Parade, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, an evening concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol and the Independence Day Fireworks on the National Mall.

More information: Fourth of July in Washington, DC

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