The Ultimate Washington, DC Quiz

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How many people visit D.C. each year?

More than 20 million people come the U.S. capital each year to enjoy its monuments, museums, and cuisine.

Which two states donated land for the city?

D.C. is surrounded by Maryland and Virginia, both of which donated land for the city.

How large is Washington D.C.?

At just 68 square miles (176 square kilometers), D.C. is not a very large city. It was originally designed to be 100 square miles, but the 32 miles donated by Virginia were returned in 1847.

How are the names of D.C. streets running north to south organized?

You will notice that the streets that go north to south are numbered, extending outward from the Capitol.

Streets that run diagonally are all named after what?

The diagonal streets in Washington are all named after states, with Pennsylvania and Maryland meeting at the Capitol.

Approximately how many people live in D.C.?

More than half a million people live in the city, which is considerable given its size.

How would residents describe the weather patterns in D.C.?

Washington's weather is entirely unpredictable. Some winters you get a few feet of snow, while other years you get only a few inches. The temperatures vary greatly from day to day regardless of the season, so be forewarned.

How much will a one-way taxi ride from BWI airport cost you?

Baltimore Washington International airport is really in Baltimore, M.D., an hour away from D.C. If you land there, expect to pay around $65 dollars for a taxi to the District.

Where does D.C. rank in terms of traffic?

Washington D.C. is third, behind Los Angeles and San Francisco, among the worst traffic-ridden cities in the U.S. Add to that the difficulties navigating the city and you'll understand why most residents prefer the light-rail system.

How do D.C.'s residents refer to the light-rail system?

D.C.'s Metrorail system is a brilliantly designed light-rail system that gets you to just about any part of the city -- not Georgetown, though -- in a few minutes. Residents call it "the Metro."

The majority of tourist attractions are in which quadrant of D.C.?

The vast majority of tourist attractions, including the White House, Capitol Building, and Smithsonian Museums, are located in the Northwest quadrant.

Which of these festivals attracts more than one million visitors to D.C. every year?

The beauty and serenity of D.C.'s cherry blossoms, combined with the one million people who annually attend the National Cherry Blossom Festival, make for one of the exciting times on the D.C. calendar.

How many columns does the Lincoln Memorial have?

At the time of Lincoln's assassination the United States was made up of 36 states, and each is represented with a column at his memorial, on the west end of the Capitol Mall.

Which of these famous speeches is inscribed on the wall of the Lincoln Memorial?

On the wall of the southern chamber of the Lincoln Memorial is an inscription of the Gettysburg Address. The northern chamber has an inscription of his Second Inaugural Address.

What is the name of the D.C. museum devoted to flight and space exploration?

The National Air and Space Museum is one of the most popular museums on the Mall. Get there early, because the lines are quite long.

How many paintings by Leonardo da Vinci are housed at the National Art Gallery?

There is only one painting by da Vinci anywhere outside of Europe, and it is housed at the National Art Gallery, at 600 Constitution Ave. NW.

How tall is the Washington Monument?

The tallest building in D.C., by law, is the Washington Monument, which stands at exactly 555 feet (169 meters) tall. You can climb the 898 steps to the top, if you really want to.

Including the National Zoo, how many Smithsonian Museums are there?

The 19 museums of the Smithsonian make up the world's largest collection of museums.

What is the name of Washington D.C.'s football team?

The Washington Redskins are the much-beloved football team of Washington D.C., though their name has been a source for controversy for many years.

Which of these men designed Washington D.C.?

Pierre Charles L'Enfant, a French-born American patriot, was the primary architect of the city of Washington, D.C.

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