Globetrotters visiting America who wish to step outside Los Angeles' glitz, or New York's grind, may find the nation's capital - Washington DC - just right. Washington boasts one of the country's best subways, best newspapers (for only a quarter - HK$2 - ), cherry blossom and dogwood trees, museums, and lessons in government. The city can be reached round trip with all major American airlines for about $7,000. Taking in the hustle and bustle of government for a few days may be more fun than being a part of it, unless you are President Bill Clinton. The White House is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and can be toured from Tuesday to Saturday. Although the present structure, actually made of sandstone and painted white, has not been home to all 42 presidents, artifacts from every presidential era are on display. Visitors are also welcome in the Capitol building where both legislature branches, the Senate and House of Representatives, meet. Summer is a great season to witness debate among lawmakers as their August vacation generally forces argument on a number of pressing issues. Before strolling the Washington Mall, a mile- long park running the heart of the city and featuring famed monuments and museums, visitors can enjoy 'a power lunch' at a number of excellent restaurants adjacent to the Capitol. Walk to the end of the Mall where the Washington Monument, a 168-metre-tall white marble obelisk, stands. It was dedicated in 1855 to the nation's first president - George Washington - and can be seen from almost the entire city. The Lincoln Memorial features a seated and solemn statue of the 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. Born in a log cabin, 'Honest Abe' ranks among America's greatest orators and many of his speeches, like the Gettysburg Address, are inscribed on the monument. Built in honour of the third president, Thomas Jefferson's memorial sits on the Potomac River basin. The building is a powerful mixture of Rome's Pantheon and the neo-classical architectural style Jefferson developed and built across his home state Virginia. The Library of Congress, containing over 80 million items in 470 languages, has to be seen. Visitors are welcome all day to view one of the world's largest collections. The Smithsonian, comprised of nine museums along the Mall, a zoo and five other museums scattered across the city, is verifiably the world's largest museum. Everything from serious American artifacts, like the world's first manned aeroplane flown by the Wright brothers to recent television nostalgia, is on view. Seeing one of America's most controversial monuments in recent memory, the Vietnam War Memorial, may be a solemn note to depart on. Designed by then 20- year-old college student Maya Ying Lin, the V-shaped black granite wall lists the names of all 58,000 Americans who died in the war. SIZE: 176 square kilometres. POP: 570,000; FACTS: City rebuilt in 1814 after being burnt by the British. UNIQUE: Instead of a state, Washington is the nation's only district. As Washington, the District of Columbia, its tax structure and representation in the House and Senate is different from the rest of the nation.