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Washington Dulles International Airport is a public airport operated and owned by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. It serves the Baltimore - Washington metropolitan area, and is located between Dulles and Chantilly in the US State of Virginia. The airport was named after John Foster Dulles, the 52nd Secretary of State who served under the President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Washington Dulles International Airport, or colloquially Dulles, is the busiest airport in the Washington metropolitan area and the second busiest airport in the larger Baltimore – Washington Metropolitan area, after the main Baltimore – Washington International Airport. It serves some 21 million passengers every year, and is considered as the busiest international airport in the mid-Atlantic outside the New York metropolitan area. On a typical day, it caters to more than 60,000 passengers, and serves some 125 destinations around the world. The Dulles is a known hub for United Airlines and Silver Airways, and a focus city for Frontier Airlines (until October 2014 of this year).

The airport’s terminal complex consists of a main terminal and two midfield terminal buildings called Concourse A/B and Concourse C/D. The entire terminal complex has 123 gates and 16 hardstand locations, from which passengers can board or disembark using the airport's plane mate vehicles. It has four concrete runways, measuring 9,400 feet, 11,500 feet, 10,501 feet, and another 11,500 feet runway, respectively. A fifth runway is planned in the future.

What to see & do

Washington, District of Columbia, or Washington, D.C., is the capital of the United States of America. It is a compact city that is situated on the Potomac River and bordering the states of Maryland and Virginia. It is defined by its elaborate and imposing neoclassical monuments and buildings, and the power that it exudes – being the place of office of the leader of the said cooperation of states. Apart from its historical and political value, its museums and performing arts venues are considered world class, and are worth the visit for travellers who have come to this treasure chest.

Washington, District of Columbia, or Washington, D.C., is the capital of the United States of America. It is a compact city that is situated on the Potomac River and bordering the states of Maryland and Virginia. It is defined by its elaborate and imposing neoclassical monuments and buildings, and the power that it exudes – being the place of office of the leader of the said cooperation of states. Apart from its historical and political value, its museums and performing arts venues are considered world class, and are worth the visit for travellers who have come to this treasure chest.

National Museum of Natural History – Opened in 1910, the Museum of Natural History is one of the buildings within the National Mall. It is one of the most visited natural history museums in the world, and is the most visited museum of any type in North America. It holds a collection of over 126 million specimens, including plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, and human cultural artefacts. It is also home to about 185 professional natural history scientists, the largest group of scientists that is dedicated to the study of natural history and cultural history in the world. Some of its main exhibitions include the Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals, where the Star of Asia, a large 330-carat cabochon-cut star sapphire can be found; the Hall of human Origins, The Hall of Paleobiology/Dinosaurs Hall, Hall of Mammals, Insect Zoo, Ocean Hall, African Voices, Butterflies and Plants, Korea Gallery, Hall of Bones, and others. Several temporary exhibitions can also be found here, including temporary shows on Forensic files of the 17th Century Chesapeake, the Hidden Life of Ants, and the Rastafarian sub-culture.

National Museum of Natural History – Opened in 1910, the Museum of Natural History is one of the buildings within the National Mall. It is one of the most visited natural history museums in the world, and is the most visited museum of any type in North America. It holds a collection of over 126 million specimens, including plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, and human cultural artefacts. It is also home to about 185 professional natural history scientists, the largest group of scientists that is dedicated to the study of natural history and cultural history in the world. Some of its main exhibitions include the Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals, where the Star of Asia, a large 330-carat cabochon-cut star sapphire can be found; the Hall of human Origins, The Hall of Paleobiology/Dinosaurs Hall, Hall of Mammals, Insect Zoo, Ocean Hall, African Voices, Butterflies and Plants, Korea Gallery, Hall of Bones, and others. Several temporary exhibitions can also be found here, including temporary shows on Forensic files of the 17th Century Chesapeake, the Hidden Life of Ants, and the Rastafarian sub-culture.

How to get around within Washington, D.C.

Although the city is mainly described as a walking and biking city, there are several types of transportation that travellers may use whenever they find themselves within Washington. One is through the Metro, operating Monday through Thursdays from 5:00 in the morning up to 12:00 midnight, Fridays from 5:00 in the morning until 3:00 in the morning (next day), Saturdays from 7:00 in the morning up to 3:00 in the morning (next day), and Sundays form 7:00 in the morning up to 12:00 midnight. Buses can also be considered especially if going to areas that are not reached by the metro, while circulator buses are best for people who wish to reach main attractions easily. Other options include taxis, pedicabs, and rental vehicles. Note that parking fees are steep here.

How to get there

Washington Dulles International Airport is the main gateway to the capital of the United States. Airlines that travel to the airport include Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Air China, Air France, All Nippon Airways, Alaska Airlines, Avianca, Delta, British Airlines, Icelandair, KLM, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, and many others.

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