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J1 USA Visa - Welcome to Washington

The capital of the world's wealthiest and most powerful nation possesses a graceful dignity that's captured in its monuments, museums and memorials.

Only a handful of cities rival Washington, DC's history and influence, and visits to the Lincoln Memorial, the White House or the Smithsonian leave lifetime impressions, as do somber moments spent at the Arlington National Cemetery, the U.S. Holocaust Museum or the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Combined with trendy new restaurants and bars, stunning hotels, great nightlife, live music, theatres, charming neighbourhoods, terrific shopping, year round events and festivals, it all comes together to make Washington, DC a fantastic J1 destination and the perfect choice for a taste of the American experience.

General Information

Climate: While the city of Washington DC’s weather is highly seasonal with extreme variations between summer and sinter, it is also unpredictable. Summers tend to be very hot and humid, with very cold winters.

Culture: The National Mall is a large, open park area in the center of the city. Located in the center of the Mall is the Washington Monument. Also located on the mall are the Lincoln Memorial, the National World War II Memorial at the east end of the reflecting pool, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Albert Einstein Memorial.[98] The National Archives houses thousands of documents important to American history including the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

The National Gallery of Art is located on the National Mall near the Capitol, but is not a part of the Smithsonian Institution. It is instead wholly owned by the U.S. government; thus admission to the gallery is free. The gallery's west wing features the nation's collection of American and European art through the 19th century.[106] The east wing, designed by architect I.M. Pei, features works of modern art.[107] The Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery are often confused with the National Gallery of Art when they are in fact entirely separate institutions. The National Building Museum, located near Judiciary Square, was chartered by Congress and hosts temporary and traveling exhibits.

There are many private art museums in the District of Columbia, which house major collections and exhibits open to the public such as: the National Museum of Women in the Arts; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the largest private museum in Washington; and The Phillips Collection in Dupont Circle, the first museum of modern art in the United States.[108] Other private museums in Washington include the Newseum, the International Spy Museum, the National Geographic Society museum, and the Marian Koshland Science Museum. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum located near the National Mall maintains exhibits, documentation, and artifacts related to The Holocaust


It’s easy to travel around the Washington, DC area using public transportation. Since Washington, DC traffic is often congested and parking is expensive, taking public transportation can be a convenient way to get around. Sports, entertainment, shopping, museums and sightseeing attractions are all accessible by public transportation. Commuting to work by subway, train or bus can be less stressful and more convenient than driving a car to some areas around the region. Here is a guide to Washington, DC’s public transportation systems.

Metrorail: The Washington Metrorail is the regional subway system, providing clean, safe and reliable transportation around the Washington, DC metropolitan area using five color-coded lines that intersect at various points, making it possible for passengers to change trains and travel anywhere on the system.

Metrobus: Metrobus is the Washington, DC area's regional bus service and connects to all Metrorail stations and feeds into other local bus systems around the region.

MARC Train Service: MARC is a commuter train providing public transportation along four routes to Union Station in Washington, DC. The starting points are Baltimore, Frederick, and Perryville, MD and Martinsburg, WV. MARC service runs Monday through Friday only. Timetables and prices can be found on the following site:

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Special events throughout the summer

Topaz Bar’s Comedy Show – May 09 – Every Thursday night there is a free live stand up comedy show takes place by local aspiring comics. For more info see :

Nightlife in Washington DC

The nightlife scene of Washington DC has ebbed and flowed in the past few years. Many of the locals and club owners decided that they needed to reinvigorate the city with an earth-shaking addition of everything from electro parties for gay and lesbian scenesters to high end lounges that serve champagne and martinis long into the evening. The result of this uprising has been an incredible jolt of life into DC and all of its tourists and residents. One of the things that makes Washington DC so unique is the seemingly odd blend of stylish, cutting-edge culture and stuffy politicians. While this may not sound appealing at first, the nightlife scene of DC has a personality unlike any other in the country. After all, politicians aren’t super-human, and we all know that they like to party every once in a while; so, it’s fair to say that the uncommon sight of a senator getting drunk in a bar would be hysterical.

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