By Susan Diranian
There is no city in the world quite like our nation's capital. It's a place where history meets modern day, power meets compromise, conflict meets peace. It's vibrant, peaceful, political, cultural, sensational, livable and wonderful. From the marble steps of the U.S. Capitol building and the White House to the monumental monuments and museums to the tranquil neighborhoods and parks, it's all captured in this detailed photographic portrait. Many of the city's memorials and monuments have been ranked as America's most favorite architecture by the American Institute of Architects, including the United States Capitol building, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial and the National Cathedral. Neighborhoods, such as Adams Morgan, Chinatown and Dupont Circle, exemplify the vibrancy and diversity found throughout D.C. The surrounding landscape, such as the cherry blossoms, reminds visitors and residents of the sheer beauty that abounds. Take a look at what makes Washington, D.C. so extraordinary. These stunning photographs will take you inside D.C.'s most storied buildings, institutions, memorials, monuments, and landmarks and help make clear that there really is no other place in the world like our nation's capital.