Last year, we wrote a blog about every city within a direct flight of the Northwest Florida Regional Airport. Until now, that list was complete. Not anymore. On March 25th, US Airways will begin service to Washington, DC’s Reagan National Airport (DCA) from VPS. Washington, DC is our nation’s capital, but don’t be fooled, there is far more to do than listen to political pundits all day. The city is filled with history and life.
In July of 1790, Washington, DC was founded. Unlike any other city in the nation, DC was established by the United States Constitution specifically for the purpose of serving as the capitol. The location was chosen as a compromise between the northern states, led by Alexander Hamilton, and the southern states, led by Thomas Jefferson. President George Washington, for whom the city is named, chose the site along the Potomac and Anacostia rivers for its commercial and cosmopolitan potential. Ten years later, in 1800, Washington, DC began serving as the capitol of the United States of America.
With a population approaching ¾ million, DC is a bustling city. Some interesting statistics, the greater Washington area is home to America’s largest population of adults with advanced degrees at 19%. That is more than twice the national average. Of people who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, the national average is 27%. In DC, the percentage is far greater, holding steady at 46%.
The District has a fairly temperate climate with mild winters and summers and pleasant springs and falls. January is the coldest month, with an average low of 24, and July is the warmest with an average high of 89.
So, what should you do while you’re in town?
There are several historical attractions including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Naval History, the National Air and Space Museum, and the National Museum of American History. There are also a number of memorials visited by millions every year. The Lincoln Memorial, World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Memorial, and the FDR Memorial all receive more than 3 million visitors annually.
Washington, DC is also where eight professional teams including the Redskins, Wizards, Mystics, and Nationals play. There are four major sporting venues with seating for more than 165,000 spectators. There are also numerous performing arts venues and more than 50 private tour companies offering regular tours to show you the city.