Historic Washington, D.C., known typically as D.C. or Washington, was founded after the American Revolution as our nation’s capital. Named after our first president, George Washington, visitors can find tributes to our Founding Fathers and pioneering leaders all throughout the city. Located on the banks of the Potomac River bordering the states of Maryland and Virginia, Washington D.C. receives more than 20 million visitors per year. As the seat of the federal government and multiple international organizations, DC acts as a global political and financial capital. While visiting, travelers can see numerous monuments, buildings, gardens, museums, and performing arts venues that showcase American history and culture.