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    • Radar: National Weather Service radar; shows short range base reflectivity radar image for Washington (weather code KLWX)
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    • Forecast: National Weather Service forecast; forecast for Washington, DC; shows forecast as well as current conditions at Ronald Reagan National Airport, Washington
    • Satellite: Goestationary infrared image; satellite image for Eastern United States sector, infrared image; provided by National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Dept of Commerce
    • Air Quality: Ground Level Ozone Maps; Greater Washington D.C./Baltimore Areas; click map for county data
    • Bouys: Northeast USA Recent Marine Data; get readings from marine buoys about water and weather conditions through a clickable, graphical map of the Atlantic off the Northeast USA coast; provided by the National Data Buoy Center, National Weather Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Dept. of Commerce
  • Cams: Live views of Washington; helpful for finding out about current weather and road conditions
    • Earthcam: Smithsonian Cam; shows live views from the National Mall
    • Camera Works: Washingtonpost.com; provides views of Washington, DC sights
    • Panda Cam: National Zoo Pandas
  • News: News and reports about what's going on in Washington
    • Google News: Google news search for DC; finds news and sports stories about DC from a variety of news sources; includes photos
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    • Topix News: Topix news search for DC; local news for DC continually updated from thousands of sources on the web
    • Traffic: from Trafficland
    • Gas Prices; graphic image showing low and high gas prices; reported by users of WashingtonGasPrices.com Web site

Facts

Look up information about Washington such as maps, facts, and census information

  • Maps: Online mapping services; these allow you to zoom in and out and select specific features to view on the map
    • Hot: Washington DC city map; pannable, street map showing the locations buildings and museums; you can search by street
    • MapQuest: Washington map; integration with digitalcity.com city Internet guide
    • NASA: Interactive DC map; shows Washington DC space-related sites and the Washington DC-Baltimore area
    • Yahoo: Washington map; integrated with Yahoo's Get Local city Internet guides
    • Virtual: Virtual Tour of Washington, D.C.; map with links to information or tours of National Mall buildings
    • -USA Maps-: More online mapping services; you can use this list of sites to get more maps of the area or specialized maps such as historical, topographic, or satellite imagery
  • Info: Look up basic facts about Washington from online reference works
    • Almanac: Information Please Almanac; entry for Washington; gives a page of basic facts about the city, including a general description and current facts
    • Answers: Answers.com reference search for Washington; shows reference information for Washington from various sources such as dictionary, encyclopedia, weather, and Wikipedia entry
    • Books: DC Books; a page presenting books about the city of Washington
    • Encyclopedia: Information Please Encyclopedia; article about Washington giving a very brief overview of the city's neighborhoods, points of interest, history, and bibliography
  • Census: Information from the United States Bureau of the Census
    • Washington: District of Columbia; QuickFacts about people, business, and geography
    • CMSA: Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area (CMSA); shows the population breakdown of the Washington--Baltimore Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area (CMSA) which includes the District of Columbia, and parts of Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia; this CSMA is composed of the Washington, DC Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA), the Baltimore, MD PMSA, and the Hagerstown, MD PMSA; these PMSA's consist of counties and/or cities

Washington, DC Living

Find out about things to do and places to see in Washington

Activities

Washingtonians take part in many clubs and organizations; activities include interest groups, clubs, hobbies, community centers, organizations, and groups

  • -Directories-: Search organization directories; there are hundreds of thousands of organizations, associations, societies, and nonprofits in the US covering many interests; as the national capital, Washington DC is home to many thousands of these organizations; use directories to help you locate an organization
  • Activism IFC: InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington; brings together the Islamic, Jewish, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Baha’i, Hindu-Jain, Latter-day Saints, Sikh, and Zoroastrian faith communities for dialogue and social action
  • AA: Alcoholics Anonymous; Washington Area Intergroup Association
  • Alumni: Capital Alumni Network; fosters activities, networking between local alumni club members of many different colleges and universities
  • American Indian: American Indian Society of Washington, DC; a group that represents as many tribes as possible
  • Anacostia Watershed: Anacostia Watershed Society; works to protect and restore the Anacostia River and its watershed
  • Artist Resources: Find Art Information Bank; An artists listing and resource service
  • Arts VSA: VSA Arts; people with disabilities can learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts
  • Audubon Society: Audubon Society of the District of Columbia; the study and enjoyment of bird sighting
  • Blues: DC Blues Society; preserves and promotes the blues
  • Capitol History: United States Capitol Historical Society; educational organization that promotes the history of the Capitol and Congress
  • Catholic JP2 Ctr: Pope John Paul II Cultural Center; Roman Catholic activities and interests
  • Celtic: CelticDistrict.com; directory of Celtic events and groups in the District of Columbia
  • Community Development: Community Development Support Collaborative; works to revitalize and stabilize low-income, distressed neighborhoods in the District of Columbia
  • Cultural Alliance: Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington; works to sustain and increase regional leadership, appreciation, support and resources for arts and culture
  • Dancing: DCDanceNet; information about dancing places, classes, clubs, competitions of all kinds in the DC area
  • Film Society: Washington, DC Film Society; members enjoy mainstream, international, and independent films
  • Folklore FSGW: The Folklore Society of Greater Washington; activities related to folk music and folklore
  • Folk Music WFMA: World Folk Music Association; promotes contemporary and traditional folk music and keeps the folk community involved and informed
  • French: Alliance Française de Washington, DC; French classes and cultural activities in Washington, DC
  • German: Goethe-Institut Washington; German culture and language activities in Washington, DC
  • GLBT: Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland Community Center for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender; provides a space for activities and events of interest
  • Hands on DC: Works for better schools in the District of Columbia; volunteer work-a-thon to improve conditions in the public schools and raises money for college scholarships
  • Happy Hour: dcHappyHour.com; bars and events in the DC area
  • Hiking Club: Capital Hiking Club; walks in the DC area
  • Historical Society: Historical Society of Washington, DC; City Museum of Washington, DC
  • Housing Habitat: DC Habitat for Humanity; works to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness in the nation's capital by building affordable, energy efficient homes
  • Housing Manna: Assists in home ownership; serves low and moderate income families, assisting them to achieve home ownership
  • Humane Society: Washington Humane Society; animal protection agency; serves homeless, lost, and abused animals in DC
  • Internet Society: Chapter of the Internet Society; serves the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia, and Maryland; helps promote the development and growth of the Internet
  • Italian: Italian Cultural Institute of Washington, DC; Italian activities and culture in DC
  • Jazz: DCjazz; DC's online jazz community
  • Jewish Ctr: District of Columbia Jewish Community Center; programs, classes, education, culture, activities, and events of Jewish life in DC
  • Kiwanis: Kiwanis; community service organization
  • Korean: The Korean American Coalition; service, education, and advocacy organization for the Korean American community
  • Latino: Council of Latino Agencies; supports and promotes the Latino community in the District of Columbia
  • Lawyers 4 Arts: Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts
  • Legal DCBar: District of Columbia Bar; information about the legal community in DC
  • Literacy Volunteers: Literacy Volunteers of the National Capital Area; provides free tutoring to adults who cannot read in the Washington, D.C./National Capital Area; an affiliate of ProLiteracy Worldwide
  • Mentors, Inc: Matches Washington, D.C. public high school students with trained adult mentors
  • Mentors Sister: SisterMentors; women helping young girls with the path to education
  • Meteorology AMS: District of Columbia Chapter of the American Meteorological Society; promotes knowledge of the atmosphere and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences and the advancement of professional applications
  • Music WAMA: Washington Area Music Association; organization of Washington area musicians, concert promoters, lawyers, recording engineers, managers, graphic artists, and related businesses working together to address areas of common concern
  • Nightlife YTIC: YTIC.com; guide to nightlife, restaurants, bars, clubs, movies, events
  • National Academies: Advisoers to the Nation on science, engineering, and medicine; consist of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council
  • Parenting: Information for parents in metro DC
  • Parks & People: Washington Parks & People; provides assistance with the revitalization of a wide range of parks and communities throughout the National Capital region
  • Press Club: National Press Club; provides people in the news media with a center to advance professional standards and skills, promotion free expression, gain mutual support, and experience social fellowship
  • Red Cross: American Red Cross of the National Capital Area; provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies
  • Reggae: DCReggae.com; Washington, DC Reggae music scene
  • Salvation Army: National Capital Area Salvation Army; preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs
  • Scholarship Fund: Washington Scholarship Fund; committed to providing Washington, DC children with a quality education by giving low-income families the same educational choices for their children that are available to middle class families around the nation
  • Science WAS: Washington Academy of Sciences; umbrella organization for the Scientific Societies in the Washington DC area
  • Scottish: The Capital Scot; Scottish culture, events, and activities in the DC area
  • Service: Commission on National and-Community Service; promotes service through partnerships, national service, and volunteerism; part of DC government
  • Singles: DC Personals; find your match in Washington
  • Ska: the DC Ska scene; Ska is a style of music blending African-Jamaican folk, calypso, and the blues
  • Skeptics: National Capital Area Skeptics; a supposedly independent educational and scientific organization that purports to engage in critical thinking and scientific understanding
  • Songwriters SAW: Songwriters' Association of Washington; benefits aspiring and professional songwriters
  • Speleological: District of Columbia Grotto; chapter of the National Speleological Society; going into caves
  • Supreme Ct History: Court Historical Society; dedicated to the preservation and teaching about the history of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • Sys Admin: dc.sage; an organization of, by, and for computer systems administrators in the Greater Washington DC metropolitan area
  • Tech Comm: Society for Technical Communication Washington, DC chapter; promotes professional technical communication
  • Tech Works: Technology Works for Good; provides a range of technology solutions for nonprofits of all sizes
  • Trade, World: List from the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center; shows links to Trade Organizations in the Washington, DC area, Offices of the U.S. Government Trade Promotion Coordination Committee, Government Organizations Involved in Global Affairs, Multilateral Development Banks, and the Diplomatic Community
  • Tourism, Official: Official Tourism Site of DC
  • Turkish: Turkish American life in the Washington DC metropolitan area
  • United Way: United Way of the National Capital Area; nonprofit partners that provide health and human programs to Washington area residents
  • Urban League: Greater Washington Urban League; resource center in the community for African-American youth internships and scholarships, parenting information, first-time homebuyer assistance, employment/technology training, aging services, and environmental education
  • Volunteers DC Cares: Greater DC Cares; volunteer opportunities designed to brighten the lives of adults and children throughout the Greater Washington area
  • Writer's Ctr: Writer's Center; a literary organization to encourage the creation and distribution of contemporary literature
  • YMCA: YMCA of Metropolitan Washington; community service, childcare, health and fitness, youth and family services; association of men, women, and children of all ages, races, religions and abilities
  • YWCA: YWCA of the National Capital Area; supports women and children to achieve their potential

Events

Washington is famous for its diverse events year-round

  • Listings: Connect to online calendars and databases; show what's going on and where
    • Post Event Guide: Washingtonpost.com; Entertainment guide to bars, clubs, books, movies, museums, music, restaurants, shopping, sports, recreation, and theater
    • OnTap: OnTap Online; guide to bars, clubs, events in DC
    • FLOW: FLOW Entertainment; Guide to social, professional, and cultural events in DC
  • Performing: Washington is home to many performing arts and cultural groups
    • Ballet: Washington Ballet
    • Choral Arts: Choral Arts Society of Washington
    • Embassy Series: Classical Concerts at Embassies; to promote international understanding through music
    • Opera: Washington Opera
    • Opera Camerata: Opera Camerata of Washington; Specializing in revivals of rare operas and operettas
    • PAS: Washington Performing Arts Society; aims to increase the opportunities for artists and the public to share the performing arts in the DC metropolitan area
    • Symphony, Washington: Washington Symphony Orchestra
    • Symphony, National: National Symphony Orchestra
    • Theatre League: League of Washington Theatres; association nonprofit professional theatres and related organizations in the greater Washington metropolitan area; creates greater public awareness, appreciation, and support for theatre in the Washington area
  • Periodic: Washington has many annual or one-day special events, ongoing summer concert series, and recurring trade shows
    • 4 July Parade: National Independence Day Parade; annual parade celebration the independence of the USA; consists of invited bands, military and specialty units, floats, and VIP's
    • 4 July Capitol: A Capitol Fourth; information about the extensive Independence Day festivities in the nation's capital; from the Public Broadcasting System (PBS)
    • Army Ten Miler: 16 kilometer foot race; winds past the Lincoln Memorial, the Capitol, and the Washington Monument
    • ArtBeat: DC ARTBEAT; appears to be some sort of an art festival; Web site does not explain
    • BBQ Battle: Safeway's Annual Barbecue Battle; America's National Barbecue Championship
    • Capital Pride: GLBT Pride Festival and festivities
    • Caribbean Carnival: DC Caribbean Carnival; annual Caribbean-style parade in the District of Columbia; expands awareness of Caribbean culture
    • Cherry Blossoms: National Cherry Blossom Festival; celebrates the original gift of the 3,000 cherry trees from the city of Tokyo to the people of Washington, DC in 1912
    • Constitution Day: Celebrates the foundation of the government by the people of the USA
    • Craft Show Smithsonian: Smithsonian Craft Show; juried exhibition and sale of contemporary American crafts
    • Expo East: Natural Products Expo East; presents natural and organic products
    • Horse Show WIHS: Washington International Horse Show; donates all proceeds to local and national charities each year
    • Jazz Fest: Capital Jazz Fest; showcase of contemporary jazz
    • Kite Fest: Smithsonian Kite Festival; competition, demonstrations, an exhibition on kite history, and a rokkaku kite battle
    • Filmfest DC: Washington, DC International Film Festival;celebrates world cinema
    • Marine Marathon: Marine Corps Marathon; footrace starting and ending at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia
    • Pageant of Peace: Christmas Pageant of Peace; holiday celebration including the lighting of The National Christmas Tree
    • Race 4 Cure: Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation National Race for the Cure; 5-kilometer run or walk to raise money for a cure for breast cancer
    • St Pat's Parade: Washington, DC St. Patrick's Day Parade; celebrates the Irish community
    • Spirit of America: Patriotic, live-action show; presented by the United States Army Military District of Washington
    • Taste: Taste of DC; on Pennsylvania Avenue; food from Washington restaurants; music and the arts on entertainment stages

Places

Washington has many neighborhoods, entertainment venues, museums, and other places with Web sites

  • Sites: Places such as parks, buildings, public gardens and zoos, notable buildings, libraries, interesting places; see also the listings for Venues, Museums, Memorials, Dining, and Housing; see Activities for cultural centers
    • Aquarium: The National Aquarium; Department of Commerce Building
    • Aquatic Gardens: Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens; display of aquatic plants on 283 hectares; part of Anacostia Park
    • Arboretum: US National Arboretum; trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants; a division of the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center of the Agricultural Research Service of the US Department of Agriculture
    • Architecture Great: Architecture of DC; shows off notable architectural landmarks; section of Great Buildings Online, presented by Architecture Week Magazine
    • Archives: National Archives and Records Administration; a repository of the nation's records; notable: US Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights
    • Arlington Cem: Arlington National Cemetery; veterans from all the nation's wars are buried in the cemetery
    • Arts Ctr: District of Columbia Arts Center; supports emerging artists; in Adams Morgan
    • Botanic Garden: United States Botanic Garden; plant museum on the National Mall at the foot of the US Capitol; Architect of the Capitol
    • Burbs: Metro DC cities Yahoo directory; the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area is huge, making up more than 92% of the population of the Washington--Baltimore Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area (CMSA); Washington, DC itself makes up less than 8% of the population of its CMSA
    • Bureau of Engraving: Bureau of Engraving and Printing; prints money (Federal Reserve notes), US postage stamps, Treasury securities, identification cards, naturalization certificates, and other special security documents; site has extensive information about US currency and how to spot forgeries
    • Capitol: Architect of the Capitol; the United States Capitol Complex buildings: the Capitol, congressional offices, Library of Congress, Supreme Court, US Botanic Garden, the Capitol Power Plant, and other facilities
    • Cathedral: Washington National Cathedral; Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul; envisioned in Pierre l'Enfant's 18th century plan for Washington commissioned by President Washington to be a church "intended for national purposes, such as public prayer, thanksgiving, funeral orations, etc., and assigned to the special use of no particular Sect of denomination, but equally open to all."; built from 1907 to 1990
    • Congressional Cem: Congressional Cemetery; unofficial resting place for Members of Congress; members who die in office and are buried elsewhere get a cenotaph here commemorating their service
    • Downtown: Downtown DC Business Improvement District; promotes Downtown DC as the site of museums, cultural venues, restaurants, hotels and shopping; provides cleaning, safety, hospitality, marketing, economic development and homeless services
    • Dumbarton Oaks: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection; housed in a nineteenth-century Federal-style house in Georgetown
    • EEOB: Eisenhower Executive Office Building; formerly Old Executive Office Building; White House offices
    • Eastern Mkt: food and arts market; located in the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood
    • Embassy Row: Electronic Embassy Web; resources for the DC foreign embassy community; includes a list of foreign embassies in DC
    • Farmer's Mkts: List of District of Columbia Farmers Markets; provided by the Agricultural Marketing Service of the US Department of Agriculture
    • Federal Govt: Directory of Federal Agencies/Departments; a list of agencies, most based in DC, from govspot.com
    • Georgetown: Area of DC; guide provided by the Georgetown Partnership Business Improvement District
    • GW Pkwy: George Washington Memorial Parkway, National Park Service; preserves natural scenery along the Potomac River; sites include Arlington House: The Robert E. Lee Memorial, Belle Haven Park & Marina, Clara Barton National Historic Site, Collingwood Park, Columbia Island Marina, Daingerfield Island, Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fort Hunt Park, Fort Marcy, Glen Echo Park, Gravelly Point, Great Falls Park, Lady Bird Johnson Park, Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove-on-the-Potomac, Memorial Avenue, Mount Vernon Trail, Netherlands Carillon, Potomac Heritage Trail, Riverside Park, Roaches Run Wildlife Sanctuary, Theodore Roosevelt Island, Turkey Run Park, U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, and Washington Sailing Marina
    • Govt Printing Office: Government Printing Office; produces, procures, and distributes printed and electronic publications of the Congress as well as the executive departments and establishments of the Federal Government
    • Libraries List: List of area libraries; provided by Libweb; gives link to official Web site and information link; includes academic, public, and special libraries
    • Library: District of Columbia Public Library
    • Library of Congress: Library of Congress; the research arm of Congress; the largest library in the world; more than 126 million items on approximately 850 kilometers of bookshelves
    • Mall: National Mall; central open, green space linking the Lincoln Memorial in the west to the US Capitol building in the east; site of many national events
    • Marshall Ctr: Thurgood Marshall Center; community services center
    • Marian Shrine: Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception;
    • Mount Vernon: George Washington's estate and gardens
    • Naval Observatory: US Naval Observatory; authority on the correct time and astronomical data required for accurate navigation and fundamental astronomy
    • Neighborhoods: Neighborhood Web sites in DC; links take you to neighborhood associations or promotional Web sites
    • Neighborhood Link: Neighborhood Link; neighborhood and nonprofit group information
    • Old Post Office: The Old Post Office Pavilion; retail, dining, events, historic site
    • Parking-Spot Hero: Parking spots around town; rent by the day or longer
    • Parks DC: Department of Parks and Recreation District of Columbia
    • Parks NPS: National Capital Region of the National Park Service; administers the National Mall and monumental core parks (Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Ford's Theatre National Historic Site and Petersen House, Pennsylvania Avenue National Historical Park, and the Old Post Office Tower), historic sites, natural areas, and Civil War battlefields
    • Pennsylvania Ave: Major ceremonial and business street in DC; National Park Service
    • Pentagon: Headquarters of the US Department of Defense; tours of the Pentagon are available to schools, educational organizations, and other select groups by reservation only
    • Reagan Bldg: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center; conference center and information resource for trade activities in the United States; public food court; Capitol Steps musical satire performances; offices; US Center for World Trade; DC Visitor Information Center; Woodrow Wilson Plaza free summer performance series
    • Rock Creek Pk: The oldest and largest urban park in the national park system; National Park Service
    • Supreme Ct: The Supreme Court of the United States; head of the judicial branch of the US federal government
    • Theatres: Guide to Greater Washington, DC Area Theatres, Groups, Performances; maintained by Donn B. Murphy, Ph.D. Professor of Theatre Emeritus, Art, Music & Theatre Department, Georgetown University, Washington
    • Tidal Basin: Paddle boats; view Japanese Cherry Tress and Jefferson Memorial from paddle boats
    • Union Station: Transit and retail complex; catch the Amtrak, Red Line metro, shop, or eat in this active and historic train station
    • Visitor's Info Ctr: DC Visitor's Information Center; located in the Ronald Reagan Building; information about attractions, events, accommodations
    • White House: Residence of the President and executive offices; tour requests must be submitted through one's Member of Congress and will be accepted up to six months in advance
    • Zoo: Smithsonian National Zoological Park; animals on 66 hectares
  • Memorials: Washington, DC is a setting for hundreds of memorials and monuments; this is a selected list of well-known memorials; for a comprehensive directory with photos, see the dcMemorials site
    • African Amer Civil War Veterans: Memorial for US African American troops of the Civil War
    • FDR: Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial; National Memorial
    • Jefferson: Memorial to Thomas Jefferson; born 1743, died 1826; third US President, 1801-1809
    • Korean Veterans: Memorial to Korean War Veterans; Korean conflict, 1950-1953
    • Lincoln: Tribute to Abraham Lincoln; born 1809, died 1865; 16th US President, 1861-1865
    • Law Enforcement: National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial; honors all of America's federal, state and local law enforcers; lists those who gave their lives to protect citizens; dedicated 1991 by President George Bush; located in Judiciary Square
    • Marine "Iwo Jima": United States Marine Corp War Memorial; memorializes marines who gave their lives for their country; statue in the form of marines raising a flag resembling the photo taken by Joe Rosenthal of marines raising a flag on Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, during World War II; dedicated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on November 10, 1954, the 179th anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps; National Park Service
    • Mason: George Mason Memorial; in East Potomac Park near the Thomas Jefferson Memorial; commemorates George Mason, the author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights which inspired Thomas Jefferson when drafting the Declaration of Independence
    • MLK: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial; National Memorial
    • Navy: Lone Sailor statue; "represents all people who ever served, are serving now or who are yet to serve in the Navy"; US Navy Memorial Foundation
    • Roosevelt: Memorial to Franklin Delano Roosevelt; born 1882, died 1945; 32nd US President 1933-1945; along the Cherry Tree Walk on the Tidal Basin
    • Vietnam Veterans: Honors those who served and died in the Vietnam War; dedicated on November 13, 1982 by President Ronald Reagan
    • Washington Monument: Obelisk, 169 meters, on the national mall; honors George Washington; born 1732, died 1799; 1st US President 1789-1797; dedicated on February 21, 1885
    • Women Military: Women In Military Service For America Memorial; honoring all military women--past, present & future
    • World War II Veterans: National World War II Memorial; national memorial dedicated to all who served during World War II; dedicated on May 29, 2004
    • -dcMemorials-: directory of hundreds of DC-area memorials, monuments, statues; shows photos; historical markers & other tourist attractions in the Washington D.C. area & beyond; search by subject, metro station, artist or general locationa
  • Venues: Places for performances, concerts, athletics, conventions, tradeshows, gatherings
    • Arena Stage: at the Mead Center; Old Vat Room flexible-format stage; Kreeger stage, Fichandler stage
    • Convention Ctr: Washington Convention Center; 213,000 square meter convention center downtown
    • DAR Const Hall: DAR Constitution Hall; beaux arts building; eclectic music
    • DC SEC: DC Sports & Entertainment Commission; Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square, RFK Stadium, Festival Grounds at RFK Stadium, Maloof Skate Park at RFK Stadium, DC Armory, Nationals Park
    • FedEx Field: Football stadium; home of the Washington Redskins
    • Ford's Theatre: Historic theatre; presents musicals and plays; where President Abraham Lincoln was shot in 1865; a National Historic site
    • GALA Theatre: Grupo de Artistas Latino Americanos
    • Kennedy Ctr: Performing arts center; Millennium state, National Symphony Orchestra, jazz, theater, ballet, dance, special events, festivals
    • Lisner: Lisner Auditorium; performing arts center; on campus of George Washinton University
    • National Theatre: National Theatre of Washington DC; historic "Theatre of Presidents" operating since 1835; three blocks from The White House; stage shows
    • Nationals Pk: Nationals Park; baseball stadium
    • Patriot Ctr: Arena at George Mason University in Virginia; seats 10,000
    • Reagan Bldg: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center; conference center and information resource for trade activities in the United States; Conference Center includes 6,000 square meters with a 625-seat amphitheater, 2 ballrooms, a 45-meter high atrium and more than 20 special function and conference spaces
    • Verizon Ctr: Multiuse arena; home of the Washington Wizards, Capitals, Mystics; formerly MCI Center
    • Wolf Trap: Performing arts center; Vienna, Virginia; summer home of National Symphony Orchestra; indoor/lawn seating
  • Housing: Find a place to stay or live in Washington
    • B&B: National Capitol Region's Best Bed & Breakfast
    • Hotels DC: Discount hotels
    • Hotels: Budget accomodations; a collection of DC hotels
    • Homes Database: Regional real estate; Maryland, West Virginia, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania
    • -USA Housing-: National lodging and housing directories; there are national directories you can use to locate area lodging or housing
  • Dining: Find a place to eat in Washington
    • Menupix: Restaurants with menus in DC; browse restaurants by area, neighborhood, cuisine, delivery, etc.
    • Restaurants: Directory of restaurants online; DC, MA, VA
    • Restaurants/RAMW: Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington; search for restaurants
    • -USA Dining-: National Dining directories; you can use this link to locate restaurants in the area that may not be listed in the local guides
  • Museums: Displays of objects; includes planned educational activities related to art, history, culture, or science
    • Air & Space: Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum; impressive collection of aircraft, spacecraft, and related artifacts; includes National Mall building and Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Washington Dulles International Airport
    • American History: Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History; objects that reflect the experience of the American people
    • American Indian: Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian
    • Anacostia: Anacostia Museum; Smithsonian Institution museum of African American history and culture
    • Art African: Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African Art
    • Art American: Smithsonian Institution American art museum
    • Art Americas: Art Museum of the Americas; Organization of American States; from Latin America and the Caribbean
    • Art Corcoran: Corcoran Gallery of Art; 19th-century American art; legacy of William Wilson Corcoran
    • Art Freer & Sackler: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art; Smithsonian Institution national museum of Asian art for the United States
    • Art Galleries: Directory of DC art galleries; from Galleries Magazine
    • Art Hirshhorn: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Smithsonian Institution museum of international modern and contemporary art
    • Art Kreeger: Kreeger Museum; art works from the 1850s to the 1970s; legacy of David and Carmen Kreeger
    • Art MOCA: Museum of Contemporary Art DC
    • Art National Gallery: National Gallery of Art; painting, sculpture, and graphic arts from the Middle Ages to the present
    • Art Phillips: Phillips Collection; museum of modern art; opened in 1921 in the home of Duncan Phillips (1886-1966)
    • Art Portrait Gallery: Smithsonian Institution National Portrait Gallery
    • Art Women: National Museum of Women in the Arts; dedicated exclusively to recognizing the contributions of women artists
    • Arts & Industries: Smithsonian Institution Arts and Industries Building; constructed to exhibit materials acquired from the nation's Centennial Exposition at Philadelphia
    • African American: Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture
    • Black Fashion: The Black Fashion Museum; repository for antique and recent garments that have been designed, made, and or worn by people of color
    • Building: National Building Museum; architecture, design, engineering, construction, and urban planning
    • Castle, The: Smithsonian Institution Building, the Castle; Information Center for the Smithsonian's collection of museums on the National Mall and elsewhere
    • Children Capital: Capital Children's Museum; encourages children to climb, taste, touch, and imagine to learn about the world
    • Children Disc Crk: Discovery Creek Children's Museum; focus on environmental education; exhibitions, live animal demonstrations, and teaching
    • City: Historical Society of Washington, DC; information about the national capital's past, neighborhoods, and people; since 1894
    • Crime: the history of crime, punishment, and crime scene investigation
    • Cryptologic: National Cryptologic Museum; displays about the exploitation of enemy codes and the protection of American communication; provided by the National Security Agency; site includes National Vigilance Park honoring aerial reconnaissance crews who lost their lives in the line of duty; located near the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, Maryland
    • Daughters Amer Rev: Daughters of the American Revolution Museum; showcases the furnishings and decorative arts of pre-industrial America
    • Decatur House: Stephen Decatur House Museum; a historic house museum located one block north of the White House on Lafayette Square
    • Douglass House: Frederick Douglass National Historic Site; home of Douglass from 1877 to 1895; Douglass was a 19th-century African American spokesman; National Park Service
    • Drug Enforcement: Drug Enforcement Administration Museum and Visitors Center; educates the public about the history of drugs, drug addiction, and drug law enforcement in the United States
    • Dupont-Kalorama: Dupont-Kalorama Museums Consortium; promotes the "off the mall" museums and their neighborhoods in the greater Dupont-Kalorama area of Washington, DC; members include: Meridian International Center, Woodrow Wilson House, The Textile Museum, Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center, National Museum of American Jewish Military History, The Phillips Collection, Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, Society of the Cincinnati
    • Explorer's Hall NGS: National Geographical Society Explorers Hall; displays about past and current expeditions; information from scientists in the field; artifacts
    • Folklife Ctr: Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage; promotes the understanding and continuity of contemporary grassroots cultures in the United States and abroad
    • Health: National Health Museum; proposed museum about health and health science
    • Health & Medicine: National Museum of Health and Medicine; established during the Civil War as the Army Medical Museum; unit of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology on the campus of Walter Reed Army Medical Center in DC
    • Heurich House: Christian Heurich House Museum, The Brewmaster's Castle; Late-Victorian house, built 1892-1894; National Register of Historic Places
    • Hillwood: Hillwood Museum & Gardens; collection of 18th- and 19th-century Russian imperial art; 18th-century French decorative arts; founder Marjorie Merriweather Post; 10-hectare estate has gardens and with azalea and orchid collections
    • Historical Soc: The Historical Society of Washington, DC; Kiplinger Research Library; Window to Washington Exhibit
    • Holocaust: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; Holocaust history and a memorial to the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust by the Nazi's, collaborators, supporters, and pacifist enablers between 1933 and 1945; the United States didn't enter World War II until 1941
    • Interior Dept: Department of the Interior Museum Program; over 145 million objects and documents in federal collections; this page describes administrative information about this program
    • Jewish: B'Nai B'rith Lutznick National Jewish Museum; collection of Jewish artifacts
    • Marine Corps: National Museum of the United States Marine Corps; museum and heritage center under construction on a 55 hectare site next to the Marine Corps Base at Quantico, Virginia; 48 km south of Washington, DC
    • McLeod Bethune House: Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site; commemorates the life of Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of the National Council of Negro Women
    • Military American-Jewish: National Museum of American Jewish Military History; contributions of Jewish Americans to the peace and freedom of the United States; Jewish War Veterans of the USA
    • Natural History: Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
    • Navy History Ctr: Naval Historical Center; Washington Navy Yard
    • Newseum: Interactive news museum; now closed in Arlington, Virginia in preparation for a new Newseum facility on Pennsylvania Ave and Sixth Street in DC expected 2006
    • Octagon: Museum of the American Architectural Foundation; dedicated to architecture and design
    • Old Post Office: View from 82-meter tower; Richardsonian romanesque architecture; home to the bells of the US Congress; National Park Service
    • Old Stone House: historic home; daily lives of Georgetown's early residents; of Revolutionary War-era architecture
    • Postal: Smithsonian Institution National Postal Museum; located in the old Post Office building next to Union Station
    • Red Cross: American National Red Cross Museum; historic displays about health and safety
    • Sewall-Belmont House: Sewall-Belmont House and Museuem; home of the historic National Woman's Party
    • Science Koshland: Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences; presents science related to public policy; exhibits based on the National Aacademy of Sciences reports.
    • Shakespeare Folger: Folger Shakespeare Library; independent research library on William Shakespeare's work, life, and times; on Capitol Hill
    • Smithsonian: Smithsonian Institution; largest museum complex in the world; organization operating many museums in DC and elsewhere; research and education; founded 1846 with a gift from James Smithson "for the increase and diffusion of knowledge"
    • Spy: International Spy Museum; espionage and international spy-related artifacts
    • Textile: Textile Museum; textile arts
    • Trolley: National Capital Trolley Museum; presents history of Washington's electric street railways; Montgomery County, Maryland
    • Tudor Place: Tudor Place Historic House and Garden; neoclassical house; National Historic Landmark; in Georgetown's Historic District
    • Wilson House: Woodrow Wilson House; museum honoring Thomas Woodrow Wilson, born 1856, died 1924; 28th US President 1913-1921; Wilson lived here after his presidency

Sports

Washington is home to major-league basketball and baseball, pro hockey and soccer, and college sports

  • Pro: Professional sports in Washington
    • Redskins: Washington Redskins National Football League team
    • Wizards: Washington Wizards National Basketball Association team
    • Capitals: Washington Capitals National Hockey League Team
    • Nationals: Washington Nationals Major League Baseball Team
    • DC United: Major League Soccer team
    • DC Divas: National Women's Football Association team
    • Mystics: Washington Mystics Women's National Basketball Association
    • Explosion: Washington Explosion Minor Professional football team
    • Freedom: Washington Freedom Women's United Soccer Association
    • Glory: Washington Glory Women's softball; National Pro Fastpitch; Fairfax
    • Legg Mason Tennis: Legg Mason Tennis Classic
  • College: Area colleges with athletic activities
  • Community: Amateur, organized sports clubs, and special community sporting events
    • Sports Leagues: DC Sports Leagues; Neighborhood athletic association; recreational sports leagues, tournaments and social opportunities for men and women of all ages and skill levels
    • onSports: Link directory on sporting activity in Maryland, DC, and Virginia; covers community, amateur, spectator sports
    • Bicycling: Washington Area Bicyclist Association; works to create a more bicycle-friendly region; information on paths, trails, rides, clubs, gear, issues, news, and events
    • Bowling NCABA: Nation's Capital Area Bowling Association
    • Frisbee WAFC: Washington Area Frisbee Club
    • Little Capitals: Washington Little Capitals Girls Hockey Progra
    • Rugby Renegades: Washington Renegades Rugby Football Club; all-inclusive rugby club welcoming newcomers and experienced ruggers in the DC metropolitan area
    • Rugby West Potomac: West Potomac Rugby
    • Running DC RR: DC Road Runners; chapter of the Road Runners Club of America; also affiliated with USA Track & Field
    • Sailing Club: Sailing Club of Washington; welcomes a range of sailing interest: people who have never sailed but want to learn, "old salts" who've been sailing for years, and those who simply enjoy socializing with other sailing enthusiasts
    • SkateDC: Washington Area Roadskaters; promotes safe and enjoyable in-line skating in the Washington, DC
    • DC outdoor: Independent on-line publication; covers outdoor recreation in Washington, DC region; DCSki focuses on skiing and snowboarding; DCBike and DCHike cover activities such as mountain biking and hiking
    • Softball DCASA: Metropolitan Washington, DC Amateur Softball Association
    • Volleyball: Washington DC Area Volleyball

Washington, DC Civic

Washington's civic life

Government

Washington's government and representatives at all levels

  • Local: City government; Washington and the District of Columbia are the same municipality
    • DC: Washington, DC portal; elected district government information
    • Police: District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department
    • Fire & EMS: District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services
    • Metro Council: Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments; regional organization of Washington area local governments; composed of local governments surrounding DC, plus area members of the Maryland and Virginia legislatures, the US Senate, and the US House of Representatives; addresses regional issues
    • Elections: DC Board of Elections
    • US States: State Services Organization; Hall of the States near the Capitol and Union Station, home to many Washington offices of the fifty states, US territories and associations of state officials; joint venture of the Council of State Governments, the National Conference of State Legislatures and the National Governors Association
  • Federal: The United State's government has an extensive presence in Washington
    • National Federal: Washington is the seat of the United States Federal Government; major top-level Web sites related to the United States government include the White House, Supreme Court, Federal Courts, Senate, and House
    • Shadow Rep: Shadow DC representative to the US House of Representatives; provides services to constituents but cannot vote; District of Columbia residents do not have voting representation in either the US House of Representatives or the US Senate
    • US Dist Ct: United States District Court for the District of Columbia
    • US Bankruptcy Ct: US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia
    • US Ct of Appeals: US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
    • FBI DC: Washington Division Federal Bureau of Investigation; serves DC and parts of Virginia
    • Army Dist: US Army Military District of Washington; major installations include Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, Fort Myer (VA), Fort Belvoir (VA), Fort A.P. Hill (VA), Fort Hamilton (NY), and Fort Meade (MD)
    • Naval Dist: Naval District Washington; United States Navy operations in DC, headquartered on the Historic Washington Navy Yard
    • Andrews AFB: Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland
    • Bolling AFB: Bolling Air Force Base, DC
    • Langley AFB: Langley Air Force Base, Virginia; Air Combat Command and 1st Fighter Wing
  • World: World governments have a presence in DC through representatives
    • Embassies: Electronic Embassy Web; resources for the DC foreign embassy community; includes a list of foreign embassies in DC
    • OAS: Organization of American States; countries of North, Central and South America and the Caribbean working for common goals
    • UN Info Ctr: United Nations Information Centre; for the spread of current data about United Nations activities and a reference library of United Nations documentation

Services

Support for human needs and infrastructure

  • Transport: Washington offers a variety of transit options; it is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country and is part of the transit-rich eastern seaboard corridor including Boston, New York City, and Philadelphia
    • Metro Transit: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority; operates rail and bus transit networks; serves DC, Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland; and Arlington, Fairfax, and Loudoun counties in Virginia
    • Metro Airports: Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority; Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) and Washington Dulles International (IAD)
    • capital bikeshare: Bicycle sharing system; share a bike in Arlington County, VA and DC
    • Car Free: Possible in DC; with great walkability and extensive transit systems, you could easily live without a car in DC
    • Car Sharing: Avoid owning a car; be car-free as much as possible, but keep the idea that you can rent or borrow a car only when you need it--for a big project or trip to far-out areas, for example
    • BWI Airport: Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI)
    • Circulator: The one-dollar crosstown get-around; bus service along east-west K Street/Mass Ave NW corridor and 7th street south from Mt Vernon Place transfer
    • Streetcars: In-development streetcar system; streetcars were previously dismantled from DC in 1962
    • Tourmobile: Bus service to tourist attractions; narrated shuttle tours of sites of interest in DC
    • Commuter Connections: Regional transit information; transit, bicycling, walking, carpooling, vanpooling, telework; coordinated by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
    • CommuterPage: Transit information Arlington; presented by Arlington County, Virginia; information about mass transit, carpooling and vanpooling, bicycling, walking, telecommuting/telework, and other alternatives to driving alone
    • StationMasters: Metrorail Station neighborhoods; information about Metrorail stations and sites of interest near them
    • Washington Flyer: Bus service Dulles airport to Falls Church Metro
    • DASH: Alexandria, Virginia Transit Company; bus service in and around Alexandria
    • Virginia Railway: Virginia Railway Express; provides commuter rail service from the Northern Virginia suburbs to Alexandria, Crystal City and downtown Washington, DC; partnership of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission and the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission
    • Maryland MTA: Maryland Transit Administration; provides a network of transit and rail and freight services throughout Maryland
    • Amtrak: Amtrak passenger train service; from DC's Union Station; train service to destinations around the region and USA
    • Greyhound: National, commercial bus transit company; offers connections from DC to the United States, Canada, and Mexico
    • GotoBus: Bus reservation system; buses connecting many cities including DC
    • Bus Junction: bus ticket search engine; gathers schedules and fares from bus carrier websites; covers Boston-NYC-Philadelphia-Baltimore-Washington
    • Peter Pan: Regional, commercial bus transit company; offers connections from DC to northeast cities including Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston
    • Vamoose: Vamoose Bus DC-NYC; express, non-stop bus service
  • Facilities: Institutions, units, organizations, or systems that build, distribute, plan, or and keep area resources or infrastructure working
    • Energy: DC Energy Office; works for energy efficiency; government of the District of Columbia
    • Public Service Comm: Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia; an independent District Government agency which regulates the electric, gas and telephone companies in DC
    • Water & Sewer: DC Water and Sewer Authority; provides potable water to DC and wastewater collection and treatment services to DC and other jurisdictions
    • Planning NCPC: National Capital Planning Commission; provides overall planning guidance for federal land and buildings in the National Capital Region
  • Human: Health and human services
    • Disability Guide: DC metro disability information resource; helps those with disabilities find the information they need for activities such as shopping, transit, tourism, recreation, supplies, hotels, employment, and entertainment
    • Military: Information for the Washington, DC area military community
    • Health: DC Department of Health
    • UPO: United Planning Organization; community action agency for Washington, DC; plans, coordinates, and implements human service programs
    • -USA Human-: National Health and Human services; you can use these directories to find doctors, hospitals, dentists, and other health and human services

Washington, DC Media

Access information about and in many cases read (or listen to) Washington's media outlets

Periodicals

Washington's many publications offer Web sites with online content

  • Post: Washington Post daily newspaper
  • Times: Washington Times daily newspaper
  • Examiner: Washington Examiner weekly; free weekly tabloid newspaper
  • TBD: Community network of bloggers
  • Times Weekly: National Weekly Edition of The Washington Times; independent and voice covering stories that the dominant Washington Post does not
  • Business Jrnl: Washington Business Journal
  • Politico: political journalism; distributed by Internet, print, television, newspaper, and radio
  • City Paper: Entertainment free weekly
  • Common Denominator: Independent newspaper; published biweekly
  • InTowner: neighborhood news and information; Adams Morgan, Mt. Pleasant and Columbia Heights; Dupont, Scott, Thomas and Logan Circles; Dupont East, U Street, Shaw; Mt Vernon Square, Pennsylvania Quarter; publication is on the second Friday of each month
  • Metro Herald: politics, Culture, and Events weekly
  • The Hill: newspaper for and about the US Congress
  • Roll Call: congressional news and information; published Monday through Thursday while Congress is in session (Mondays only during recess); news of the legislative and political maneuvers that happen every day on Capitol Hill
  • Blade: Washington Blade; weekly news for Washington's Gay community
  • Voice of the Hill: home newspaper on Capitol Hill
  • Washingtonian: Washingtonian Magazine; restaurants, dining, arts, entertainment, tourism information
  • Wash Technology: Washington Technology; national newspaper for government IT systems integrators and resellers
  • Wash Life: Washington Life Magazine; social and cultural scene
  • Washington Flyer: Magazine; official magazine of the Metropolitan Washington Airports authority
  • Pathways: Pathways Magazine; quarterly journal and resource guide for improving the quality of life physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually
  • Wash Diplomat: Washington Diplomat; independent monthly newspaper; regular columns and features focusing on international news and events for the Washington diplomatic community
  • Pros N Hackers: Golf Magazine for DC & Baltimore
  • DC Music News: Music resource sites for independent musicians in DC, MD, and VA
  • Oyez: Supreme Court Multimedia; current news articles and audio archives
  • MetroSports: MetroSports Washington DC; news about participant sports, gear, training, ads, message boards
  • Georgetowner: Georgetowner community news
  • Potomac Tech Wire: Free daily technology email service; that summarizes technology and Internet stories from the greater Washington DC area
  • indymedia: Activist viewpoint and opinion
  • Gazette Net: Suburban newspapers; Frederick County, Montgomery County, Carroll County, Prince George's County
  • Takoma Voice: Suburban Voice Newsmagazines; lower Montgomery County: Takoma Park, Silver Spring, Kensington, Chevy Chase, Bethesda
  • Times Community: Suburban newspapers; Loudoun, Fairfax, Fauquier, Clarke, Rappahannock, Prince William, Classifieds, Marketplace

Radio

DC's radio dial sorted in alphabetical order by call letters; shows stations with Web sites; many of these radio stations offer live, streaming audio of their broadcast, so you can listen on the Internet anywhere in the world; please let me know your knowledge about updates to this list as radio stations change format, Web site addresses, and ownership often; unless otherwise noted, the station is in DC; HD = HD Radio programming

  • -AM-: Click here for the AM stations sorted by frequency
  • -FM-: Click here for the FM stations sorted by frequency
  • -HD-: Click here for the HD stations sorted by frequency
  • VOA: Voice of America; international multimedia broadcasting service; funded by the US government; VOA broadcasts news, informational, educational, and cultural programs to a worldwide audience in 55 languages through radio, satellite television, and the Internet; operations in DC
  • WABS: AM 780 Religious
  • WACA: AM 1540 Spanish
  • WACA: FM 97.1 Spanish
  • WAMU: FM 88.5 Public Radio=HD1 HD2=Bluegrass HD3=BBC/Public Radio; American University
  • WASH: FM 97.1 Adult contemporary=HD1 HD2=Ballads Love Songs
  • WAVA: AM 780 Christian; Arlington, VA
  • WAVA: FM 105.1 Christian; Arlington, VA
  • WBAL: AM 1090 News Talk; Baltimore, MD
  • WBIG: FM 100.3 Classic Hits=HD1 HD2=Oldies 50's & 60's
  • WBJC: FM 91.5 Classical; Baltimore Community College; Baltimore, MD
  • WCSP: FM 90.1 C-SPAN Radio=HD1 HD2=House of Representatives and other C-SPAN programming HD3=Senate and Book TV; Congressional and public affairs
  • WDMV: AM 700 Business
  • WEAA: FM 88.9 Jazz; Morgan State University, Baltimore
  • WEBR: Public Access Cable Radio; Fairfax, VA
  • WETA: FM 90.9 Classical=HD1 HD2=VivaLaVoce Classical Vocal Music
  • WFAX: AM 1220 Christian; Fairfax, VA
  • WFED: AM 1050 Federal News; Silver Spring, MD
  • WFSI: FM 107.9 Religious; Annapolis, MD
  • WGOP: AM 540 Country; Damascus, MD
  • WGTB: FM 92.3 Student media; Georgetown University
  • WGTS: FM 91.9 Christian; Columbia Union College; Takoma Park, Maryland
  • WHFS: FM 105.7 Rock; Baltimore, Maryland
  • WHUR: FM 96.3 Urban=HD1; Howard University
  • WIHT: FM 99.5 Top 40=HD1 HD2=New Contemporary Hits
  • WILC: AM 900 Spanish; Laurel, MD
  • WIYY: FM 97.9 Rock; Baltimore, MD
  • WJFK: FM 106.7 Talk=HD1 HD2=Talk; Manassas, VA
  • WKYS: FM 93.9 Hip Hop
  • WLZL: FM 99.1 Spanish=HD1 HD2=Hispanic AC; Annapolis, MD
  • WMAL: AM 630 Talk
  • WMET: AM 1160 Talk; Gaithersburg, MD
  • WMMJ: FM 102.3 Urban=HD1; Bethesda, Maryland
  • WMUC: FM 88.1 Student media; University of Maryland College Park
  • WMZQ: FM 98.7 Country=HD1 HD2=Classic Country
  • WOL: AM 1450 News Talk
  • WPGC: FM 95.5 Hip Hop Urban=HD1 HD2=Gospel; Morningside, Maryland
  • WPGC: AM 1580 Gospel; Morningside, Maryland
  • WPFW: FM 89.3 Jazz
  • WPOC: FM 93.1 Country; Baltimore, MD
  • WPRS: FM 104.1 Gospel; Waldorf, MD
  • WQSR: FM 102.7 Variety; Baltimore, MD
  • WRBS: FM 95.1 Religious; Baltimore, MD
  • WRQX: FM 107.3 Adult Contemporary
  • WTEM: AM 980 Sports=HD1
  • WTGB: FM 94.7 Classic Rock=HD1 HD2=Adult Alternative; Bethesda, Maryland
  • WTMD: FM 89.7 Adult Album Alternative; Towson, MD
  • WTNT: AM 570 News Talk=HD1
  • WTOP: AM 820 News; Frederick, MD
  • WTOP: FM 103.5 News Talk=HD1 HD2=Variety Hits
  • WTRI: AM 1520 Nostalgia; Brunswick, MD
  • WTWP: AM 1500 News=HD1; Washington Post Radio
  • WTWP: FM 107.7 News Talk=HD1 HD2=Washington Post Radio; Washingtonpost Radio
  • WUST: AM 1120 International
  • WVAU: FM 101.7 Student media; American University
  • WVRX: FM 105.9 Classic Rock=HD1 HD2=Smooth Jazz; Woodbridge, VA; www.smoothjazz1059.com
  • WWDC: FM 101.1 Rock=HD1 HD2=New Rock
  • WWGB: AM 1030 Religious; Indian Head, MD
  • WWMX: FM 106.5 Variety; Baltimore, MD
  • WWRC: AM 1260 Talk
  • WXTR: AM 730 Sports; Alexandria, MD

TV

Television stations in Washington; in alphabetical order by call letters

  • BET: Black Entertainment Television; national network based in DC
  • CSPAN: Congressional and Public Affairs Network; created in 1979 by the cable television industry as a public service; public access to the political process through television, radio, and Internet; televises US House of Representatives and the US Senate when they are in session; covers congressional hearings, White House press briefings, and speeches
  • W28BY: EBITv; Executive Branch Internet Television
  • WBDC: WB 50
  • WDCA: UPN 20
  • WETA: PBS 26
  • WHUT: PBS 32
  • WNVC: Ethnic
  • WNVT: Instructional Programming
  • WJLA: ABC 7 ; Includes news and community network of bloggers
  • WRC: NBC 4
  • WTTG: Fox 5
  • WUSA: CBS 9

Washington, DC Education

Washington's educational opportunities

Higher

The Washington area's colleges and universities

  • Consortium: Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area; comprised of DC universities and colleges; provides students with opportunities to benefit from the combined resources of its members
  • Secretariat: Washington Higher Education Secretariat; association of national, higher education associations representing different sectors and functions in post secondary institutions
  • TWC: Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars; an independent, nonprofit organization serving hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C. and London, England, for academic credit
  • American: American University; independent Methodist; undergraduate, graduate, doctoral
  • Argosy: Argosy University; proprietary; offers undergraduate degrees
  • Art Institutes: system of more than 40 education institutions located throughout North America; offering master’s, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees programs as well as nondegree programs; culinary, design, fashion and media arts professionals
  • CUA: Catholic University of America; independent Catholic; undergraduate, graduate, doctoral
  • Corcoran: Corcoran College of Art and Design; independent; undergraduate
  • Gallaudet: Gallaudet University; independent; undergraduate, graduate, doctoral; undergraduate programs open primarily to hearing-impaired
  • GMU: George Mason University; state-supported; undergraduate, graduate, doctoral; Fairfax, Virginia
  • GWU: The George Washington University; independent; undergraduate, graduate, doctoral
  • Georgetown: Georgetown University; independent Roman Catholic Jesuit; undergraduate, graduate, doctoral
  • Howard: Howard University; independent; undergraduate, graduate, doctoral
  • IWP: Institute of World Politics; independent graduate school of statecraft and national security affairs; master's degrees
  • JMIC: Joint Military Intelligence College; education for senior positions in the US Armed Forces and the national security structure; undergraduate and graduate
  • Marymount: Marymount University; independent; undergraduate, graduate, doctoral; Arlington, Virginia
  • NDU: National Defense University; professional military education; under the direction of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Potomac: Potomac College; proprietary; undergraduate; business administration; computer management
  • Southeastern: Southeastern University; independent; undergraduate and graduate
  • Strayer: Strayer University; proprietary; undergraduate and graduate
  • Trinity: Trinity College; independent; undergraduate and graduate
  • UMD CP: University of Maryland--College Park; state-supported; undergraduate, graduate, doctoral; College Park, Maryland
  • UDC: University of the District of Columbia; independent; undergraduate and graduate
  • WTU: Washington Theological Union; Roman Catholic graduate school of theology educating and forming candidates for the priesthood and other church ministries
  • Wesley: Wesley Theological Seminary; graduate professional school of the United Methodist Church
  • Westwood: Westwood College; proprietary; offers undergraduate degrees; career-focused

Schools

Washington's primary, secondary, career, and trade schools

  • Choice: School Choice information; presented by the American Education Reform Council
  • K12: Washington DC Public Schools
  • Charter: DC Public Charter School Board
  • Broadcasting: Columbia School of Broadcasting; broadcast professional training
  • Language/ICLS: International Center for Language Studies; English as a Second Language; foreign language programs
  • WC Music: Washington Conservatory of Music; community music school

Washington, DC Commerce

Washington's business community

Groups

Organizations promoting business and business opportunities in the Washington area

  • Board of Trade: Greater Washington Board of Trade; regional network of business and non-profit leaders
  • Business Connections: District of Columbia's corporate outreach and business retention program
  • Chamber: District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce; dedicated to improving the climate for business in DC
  • CHAMPS: Capitol Hill Association of Merchants & Professionals; develops business and professional activity in the Capitol Hill area of Washington, DC
  • GWI: Greater Washington Initiative; promotes the Greater Washington region--encompassing the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland--as a location for locating or expanding a business
  • MIT Forum: MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington-Baltimore; dedicated to the entrepreneur community of the greater Washington & Baltimore area
  • WITA: Washington International Trade Association; focus on trade policy, rules and regulations governing international trade, and views of US trade policy from abroad

Notable

Large or well-known companies with headquarters or major operations in the Washington area

  • AES: Energy; Arlington, Virginia
  • American Red Cross: National Headquarters; relief to victims of disaster; health and safety training
  • Amtrak: National Railroad Passenger Corporation; rail passenger service
  • Capital One: Credit cards; McLean, Virginia
  • Fannie Mae: Federal National Mortgage Association; home mortgages; ; DC
  • Freddie Mac: Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp; home mortgages; ; McLean, Virginia
  • Gannett: Newspapers USA Today and others; McLean, Virginia
  • General Dynamics: Defense; Falls Church, Virginia;
  • Goodwill: Goodwill Industries International; employment services to those with barriers to employment; thrift stores; Rockville, Maryland
  • Interstate H&R: Interstate Hotels & Resorts; Lodging: Embassy SUites, Hampton Inn, Hilton, Holiday Inn, Marriott, Radisson, Sheraton, Westin, etc.; Arlington
  • Lockheed Martin: Defense; Bethesda, Maryland
  • Marriott Hotels: Marriott International; Lodging; Marriott, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn
  • Mars: Candy; M&M's, Snickers, Mars bar, 3 Musketeers, Dove, Milky Way, Skittles, Twix, Starburst, Combos, Kudos; McLean, Virginia
  • NASA: National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Space exploration;
  • Salvation Army: Salvation Army National Corporation; humanitarian assistance through human services, disaster relief; Alexandria, Virginia; unit of Salvation Army, based in London, England
  • Sodexho: Food service; Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • Sprint Nextel: telecommunications; Reston, Virginia
  • Unicor: Federal Prison Industries; products made by prison labor; government agency, part of Justice Department
  • USA Govt: United States of America Federal Government; services including national defense; federal republic based on a constitution; headquarters in Washington, DC
  • USMD: University System of Maryland; Higher education; Adelphi, Maryland

Washington, DC Reference

Works to help you find out more about Washington

Guides

Learn more about Washington with online guides that describe area attractions

  • our-dc: Locals guide to DC; guide to DC beyond just the NW quadrant and the museums, giving a perspective on the culture and offerings of diverse neighborhoods
  • OnWashington: Washington Post's guide to DC
  • Cultural Tourism: Links to Washington's heritage and arts
  • ExploreDC: DC cultural and historical guide; produced by public broadcasting station WETA
  • SeeDC: Tourism guide
  • PhotoTour: Photo tour of DC; shows of scenes in many seasons
  • Historic Tours: Historic Tours of America; shows offerings of tours of DC points of interest
  • Boulevards: Travel and tourism guide; from Boulevards New Media
  • Time Out: Entertainment guide; DC's section from timeout.com
  • AOL: City guide; DC's section from AOL
  • About: City resource guide; DC's section from about.com
  • Lonely Planet: Travel guide; DC's section from lonelyplanet.com
  • Suite 101: Travel guide; DC's section from suite101.com

Indexes

Access online information about Washington through general and specialized indexes

  • Google: DC's entry in google.com's directory
  • YahooDC: DC's entry in yahoo.com
  • DCpages: Search engine and directory; directory of greater DC (to Balitmore) Web sites in many categories
  • Crosstown Arts: Music scene; Links to Web sites related to independent musicians, performers, artists, writers, film makers in the area and nonprofit arts organizations
  • DC Registry: Portal for DC; Web site directory, classifieds, cars, real estate, discussions
  • DC Business: Business directory; links to DC businesses online
  • Yellow Pages: Search form; find businesses and organizations using the SMARTpages.com directory

General

Find more information related to Washington

  • craigslist: Online community; classified ads, jobs, housing, personals, for sale, discussion
  • TopUSAJobs: Job search engine for Washington
  • Job-Hunt: Job search resources; DC's entry in jobhunt.org
  • USA index: An index for the United States; resources to help you locate information about activities, events, places, sports, government, media, commerce, and reference information in the USA; You can use this page to locate information on other cities or information you couldn't find here
  • -USA General-: General reference section of USA Index; lookup information in national directories for classified ads, jobs, discussion, or lookup resources
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