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Washington D.C. , the US capital city, sits between the states of Maryland to the north and Virginia to the south. Founded in 1790, this city sits on the banks of the Potomac River. Its downtown area is filled with federal government agencies, museums and other attractions. Chinatown is near the downtown area as well. The Metro Rail and Metro Bus system allow for easy transport about the city and into outlying areas. A commuter rail network from Union Station, a national rail hub, also extends into the suburbs. The national Amtrak ine departs from there as well.
Washington is the 9th largest greater metropolitan area in the county. It is inhabited by over 5.3 million people. The municipal boundaries themselves are home to roughly 600,000 residents.
The climate in winter tends to seldom drop below -1 degree Celsius. Harsh snow or hurricanes seldom affect this inland city. More than 55% of the city proper is populated by persons of African descent. Around 36% is white and the remainder is composed of a variety of distinct groups.
There are professional teams in most major leagues sports categories in or around this city. Several universities are here as well. Hotels and diverse eateries can be found that cater to the full spectrum of budgets and tastes. There are many pubs and night spots largely around the Du Pont Circle area and northwards from there.
Public transportation in this city ceases to operate after 11 PM. Taxis do not have a metered system but rather a rate that is based on travel between zones of the city. The rate is posted inside of the cabs for riders to see.
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The Adams Morgan Festival is this city’s oldest annual event. It is a 1-day, fall celebration of one of this city’s most popular dining out neighbourhoods. The international restaurants, bars and boutique shops here participate in the annual street fair. Latin American, African and American music are all part of the live entertainment at the festival and in this neighbourhood year round. (http://www.adamsmorgandayfestival.com/)
The Green Festival is organized annually by Global Exchange and Green America. More than 300 environmentally sound businesses and more than 100 activist and expert speakers are on the bill each October for 2 days. Effective green solutions in Maryland and Virginia are highlighted here. (http://www.greenfestivals.org/washington-dc/)
The DC Annual Blues Festival is more than 20 years old. It is a one day event held in September on the Saturday of Labour Day Weekend at the end of summer. The event is organised by the DC Blues Society. Artists begin performing in the early morning hours. No admission is charged. (http://www.dcblues.org/)
Late March through mid-April is when the National Cherry Blossom Festival is celebrated here. Special museum exhibits, entertainment, and finally a parade and street festival are part of the annual activity. (http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/cms/index.php?id=390)
Early to mid March is the time when the DC Independent Film Festival screens each year. Master classes, workshops and seminars are found here as well as films from around the globe. Phoenix Theatres at Union Station is where the event is centred. (http://www.dciff.org/dciff/DCIFF/)
holidays - How to Get There
The briefest flight on Delta from Sydney (SYD) to Dulles (IAD) has 2 layovers and is scheduled to arrive 23 hours and 3 minutes after initial departure. Northwest Airlines offers 1 shorter flight of 21 hours and 3 minutes on Delta and American Airlines' crafts.
The shortest Qantas flight from Sydney is 22 hours and 30 minutes of estimated duration with two stopovers. 22 hours and 50 minutes is the shortest travel estimate for this same trip on American Airlines.
The Australian Embassy is located at 1601 Massachusetts Ave. NW in this city. (http://www.usa.embassy.gov.au/)