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Overview Washington D.C. is the capital city of the United States and the center of the three branches of government: legislative, executive and judicial. The U.S. capitol. White House and Pentagon are momentous sights in the city. It features a wide array of monuments and museums. Washington DC is the host to 176 foreign embassies as well as the headquarters for World Bank, International Monetary Funds (IMF), the Organization of American States (OAS), the Inter-American Development Bank and the Pan Am Health organization (PAHO). It is also the headquarters of many institutions as trade unions, non-profitable organizations, lobbying groups and professional associations.
Population 601,723 in 2010. It is the 26th most populous city of the U.S.
Airport Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, commonly known as National Airport, is located in Arlington County, Virginia and is the closest airport to downtown Washington, DC. Dulles International Airport is located 26 miles from Washington, DC in Chantilly, Virginia. The airport is about a 40 minute drive from downtown Washington, DC in non-rush hour traffic. Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, commonly known as BWI Airport, is located south of Baltimore.
Climate According to Koppen: Cfa, Washington is located in the humid subtropical climate zone and has four distinct seasons: Spring and fall are warm, while winter is cool with annual snowfall averaging 14.7 inches (37 cm). Blizzards affect Washington on average once every four to six years
Best Season The best time to visit Washington is at the end of August/early September, when Congress is still "out" and families return home to get their children back to school, or between Thanksgiving and mid-January, when Congress leaves again and many people are ensconced in their own holiday-at-home celebrations. Hotel rates are cheapest at this time, too, and many hotels offer attractive packages.
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To avoid Avoid visiting Washington specifically, from about the second week in September until Thanksgiving, and again from about mid-January to June (when Congress is "in"), hotels are full with guests whose business takes them to Capitol Hill or to conferences. While mid-March through June traditionally is the most frenzied season,
Pros The growing industries of the District are on the areas of education, finance, public policy, and scientific research. Georgetown University, George Washington University, Washington Hospital Center, Children's National Medical Center and Howard University are the top five non-government-related employers in the city . According to statistics compiled in 2011, top companies with multi- billions worth of capitals are located in Washington DC. Among the 500 fastest growing companies in the area as JMA Solutions, Satory Global, North star Group, Intridea, Menkita Group, Acuity, Vari Q etc.
Cons According to a 2010 study, Washington-area commuters spent 70 hours a year in traffic delays, which tied with Chicago for having the nation's worst road congestion. Housing and cost of living are the highest in the country. People working in Washington DC experienced high stress in living.
Tips For business people with limited budget, consider staying at one of Washington’s hostels. Not only will a hostel save you money, many of them are within walking distance from the White House and the Capitol Building. Certain hostels, such as the Hilltop in Northwest Washington, also provide free wireless Internet and satellite TV. You can also stay at the Washington International Student Center enjoy its complimentary breakfast and its great location in the trendy Adams Morgan neighborhood. Most of these hostels charge about $25 to $40 per night (as of May 2010)
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