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Abroad at AU | About Washington, DC

The Capitol lit up at dusk

Washington, DC is the cosmopolitan center of American politics. Along the famed National Mall, nineteen free museums open up a world of American history, culture, and art. World famous monuments and memorials brings the past to life in Downtown DC, and also provides countless photo opportunities! Students can enjoy concerts at the Kennedy Center, festivals on the National Mall, wildlife at the National Zoo, and nightlife in Georgetown and Adams Morgan.

Throughout and beyond the city limits, students can find a variety of parks and bike trails and travel to beautiful mountains and beaches located only a few hours away.

Spring and fall are lovely, with temperatures averaging 67F/20C. Summers are hot and humid, with temperatures averaging 85F/30C, while the winters are mild with temperatures averaging 20F/-7C to 40F/4C, but be prepared for snow!   

The Cherry Blossoms in bloom at the Jefferson Memorial

The Washington Monument at sunset