5 Reasons why Washington, D.C. is the best city in the USA


Washington, D.C. is both the pulse of America and its best city. Kaplan's English school in Washington, D.C. is literally just a few blocks from the White House, where the country's head of state lives and does business.

Here are the five reasons that Kaplan students flock here to learn English.

1: Country's Capital

It's no secret that Washington, D.C. is the country's capital city. Laws are made and important issues debated here. Don't be surprised if you see a senator, or even the president himself, eating lunch at one of the local food establishments.

What better place to learn English than at the heart of the nation.

2: International Community

Tying into that is the D.C. metro's status as a melting pot of different nationalities and cultures. The city is home to 176 foreign embassies and an extremely diverse population. This means a ton of variety in the people you'll interact with everyday.

Also makes for a great food scene, with cuisines from around the word represented, whether it's Ethiopian, Bolivian, Persian, or just a tasty American chili dog. Washington is truly an international city in every sense of the word.

3: Fascinating Museums

You can find some of the best museums in the country gathered within D.C. – dozens of them. The best part is many of them are free, meaning you can spend all day checking out exhibits without spending a dollar.

Top 5 museums in the city:

  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
  • Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
  • National Gallery of Art
  • International Spy Museum
  • US Holocaust Memorial Museum

4: Historic Landmarks

The city is littered with monuments, memorials, and other landmarks that have become iconic symbols of America. Because of Washington's strict height limits for buildings, Roman inspired architecture forms the focal point of the city, rather than the skyscrapers present in other major cities.

5 landmarks you shouldn't miss:

  • White House
  • Washington Monument
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • National Archives
  • Lincoln Memorial

We'd like to give an honorable mention to the Arlington National Cemetery, where you'll find the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, as well as the graves of former Presidents John F. Kennedy and William Howard Taft. It didn't make the list because it's technically located just outside the city limits, but it's still something you definitely should experience.

5: Public Transportation

With so many things to see and do around town, you're going to need a way to get there. Luckily, the Washington Metro is one of the best subway systems in the US. It's second only to New York City in the number of passengers it transports each day. Pretty impressive considering D.C.'s population is less than a third of New York's.

Is there an aspect of Washington, D.C. that we missed? Feel free to let us know your opinions in the comments section.

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