As the nation's capital, Washington D.C., draws millions of tourists from all around the world. The District features a variety of museums, art galleries, federal buildings and national landmarks, as well as the home of the President of the United States. The extended D.C. Metro area also includes lovely suburban communities which appeal to many active adult retirees.
Washington D.C., is located in the Mid-Atlantic along the border of Maryland and Virginia. The area experiences all four seasons, with hot, humid summers and relatively mild winters. Spring is a popular time to visit, especially during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, yet autumn months also bring a beautiful mix of fall foliage. Although winters are often mild with light snowfall, some years bring heavy snowstorms.
Visitors to the District will notice that the city is laid out in a wheel-and-spoke pattern, with grid streets bisected by traffic circles and diagonal roads. Architecture throughout the city includes many styles, encompassing a blend of historic and modern designs. Neighborhoods in the District are diverse as well and there are many tours available to explore the more well-known areas, such as Capitol Hill, Chinatown, Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom and Georgetown.
First-time visitors will certainly want to explore the National Mall. This iconic area stretches from the Lincoln Memorial to the U.S. Capitol, with the White House to the north and the Jefferson Memorial to the south. The National Mall features landmarks such as the Washington Monument, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and several Smithsonian Museums. Other popular attractions along the Mall include the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of Natural History, the National Gallery of Art and the U.S. Botanic Gardens.
The District is also a thriving center for the arts. Overlooking the Potomac River, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts features world-class performances by the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera and the Washington Ballet, as well as touring performances of popular Broadway shows. The Marine Barracks offers performances by the United States Marine Band, and the Arena Stage houses many companies including the Shakespeare Theatre Company and Studio Theatre.
While many visitors come to the nation's capital for its history and cultural attractions, the city also provides a wide range of modern entertainment. Sports lovers can root for several professional league teams, including the Washington Redskins (NFL), the Washington Wizards (NBA), the Washington Nationals (MLB), the Washington Capitals (NHL) and the Washington Mystics (WNBA). Indie music is celebrated at venues like the 9:30 Club or The Black Cat, and convention centers throughout the city host events such as concerts, home and garden show, car shows and annual festivals.
Active adults who choose to live in the Washington D.C., area often settle in suburban communities in Virginia or Maryland. These communities offer their own local shopping centers, restaurants, entertainments and services, while still being in close proximity to the District. Just a few of the great active adult communities in the area include Heritage Harbour, in Annapolis, Maryland; Cameron Grove, in Upper Marlboro, Maryland; Potomac Green, in Ashburn, Virginia; and Heritage Hunt, in Gainesville, Virginia.
With easy access to the many attractions in the District, suburbs in the D.C. Metro area offer the perfect settings for visiting tourists or relocating active adult retirees.