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9 Famous Movies Filmed in Washington D.C.

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If you are in love with the most emblematic city in the United States and you are also a movie lover, you are going to love this article!

Washington DC has served as a set of fascinating films. The Capitol, the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, among others, are places that everyone may visit in a Day Trip to Washington DC from New York, since those places have been part of the intrigues and conspiracies of the seventh art.

Keep reading this post with us and meet 9 famous movies filmed in the DC streets. And after that, create your own list of the favorite places to visit in your next Washington trip from New York.

1. Forrest Gump, 1994

movies filmed in WashingtonThe story describes the life of Forrest Gump, a boy with a slight mental and motor disability who, despite everything, became a heroic character during the Vietnam War. One of the most memorable scenes in the film is when Tom Hanks, the lead actor in this film, is running in the reflecting pool of the Lincoln Memorial right in the Washington Obelisk direction. This sequence, which was engraved in the memory of moviegoers, is one of the places to visit in Washington that, for sure, you cannot miss.

2. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, 1939

blockbuster movies filmed in Washington D.CIt is a dramatic comedy film, directed by Frank Capra and starring Jean Arthur, James Stewart and Claude Rains. It deals with the politics of the United States which led it to be nominated for 11 categories of the Academy Awards, winning as the best adapted screenplay. In 1989, the film was considered culturally, historically and aesthetically significant, for being recorded in one of the most visited places in Washington DC, the United States Library of Congress.

3. The Silence of the Lambs, 1991

Films set in Washington StateReleased in 1991 and directed by Jonathan DemmeIt, The Silence of the Lambs is a horror thriller film based on the story of Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a serial killer and cannibal. Although the film was mostly filmed in Florence, it was also partly filmed in the historic city of the United States. Another reason why the Library of Congress has become one of the places to visit in Washington, and one of the places that may be in your itinerary.

4. All the President’s Men, 1976

Films shot in WashingtonAll the President’s Men tells us about the famous “Watergate” scandal investigation, which caused Richard Nixon to resign as President of the United States. Two reporters from the Washington Post investigated a political issue that apparently has little importance, but at the end they uncover a dirty issue that involves the White House and the president of the nation himself. In this film, several scenes were shot in the Library of Congress and the White House, both located in the nation’s capital.

5. The Exorcist, 1973

movies in WashingtonThis horror film tells the story of a 12-year-old girl who has strange behaviors by going through a demonic possession. Her worried mother seeks the help of a local priest who requests to perform an exorcism.

One of the most terrifying scenes of the movie was shot on a staircase in Georgetown, it was also the movie poster and, since the film, it turned out to be a new “icon of the district”. From this well-deserved recognition the staircase will long remain as a favorite destination for residents and tourists.

6. JFK, 1991

Glorious Movies Filmed in WashingtonThe film features the investigation into President John F. Kennedy assassination , led by Jim Garrison, a New Orleans District Attorney. After the assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged assassin, Garrison reopened the investigation and found evidence of an extensive conspiracy following president Kennedy’s death. As soon as you come to the United States you will notice that DC is full of history ready to be told.

7. Captain America: the Winter Soldier, 2014

famous movies that were filmed in WashingtonSuperheroes have also fought major battles in the American capital,battles where the world has been prevented from being destroyed. Fortunately, it has always been possible to keep these iconic places to visit in Washington standing, such as the White House and the Capitol. Locations that you may see on your next one day tour to Washington.

8. Independence Day, 1996

movies filmed in Washington D.C.It is a science fiction film, released in 1996, that tells the story of an alien invasion over the Earth just 2 days before the American independence day. This film was the winner of an Oscar in the category of best visual effects, as well as a Saturn Award for the best science fiction film of 1996. This wonderful film shows us one of the tourist places of Washington that you definitely cannot miss, The Pentagon.

9. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, 2009

movies filmed WashingtonIt is a comedy that shows a huge adventure experienced by a former guard of the American Museum of Natural History, in Manhattan. The characters in this film, with the exception of Larry Daley (Ben Stiller), the guard, are part of the museum’s exhibition who come to life every night.

Due to changes in the Natural History Museum, part of the exhibition will be transferred to the Smithsonian – a renowned institute, museum and research center based in Washington DC – that will host all of these objects but it will also be influenced by the magic that the new visitors carry from New York.

In Night in Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian we could see how great pieces of art and some other magnificent exponents of history come to life, such as Amelia Earhart, Napoleon Bonaparte, Al Capone, Albert Einstein and Abraham Lincoln himself, this immense representation of the former president that is located in the renowned Lincoln Memorial.



We are sure that there are hundreds of films that have taken this beautiful city as their stage. However, today we have taken the time to show you this extraordinary selection so that you can get to know the capital of the United States from the perspective of the seventh art, where, regardless of the film genre you choose, you will be able to appreciate everything the city has to offer.

Dare to discover these unforgettable places to visit in a Day trip from DC to NYC that will make you feel part of the film industry.


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12 Interesting facts about Niagara Falls

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Year after year there are many travelers that want to meet an awesome new destination, but it may be one that leaves them amazed. Well, if you are one of those passionate travelers, right at the border between Canada and the United States, there is an inexhaustible source of water that achieves this amazing purpose, the Niagara Falls.

For you to get to this place, it is possible to travel even from Canada or the United States, but make sure that you plan a good tour so that you have all your permits up to date, specially in case that you want to cross the border.

From the United States it is very common to make a Trip to Niagara Falls from NYC, by car, this way you can reach this majestic place without thinking about accommodation or additional transportation since when you purchase the excursion you have a complete round trip transportation package to the Big Apple.

We are convinced that you won’t regret making Niagara Falls one of the next destinations to visit.

Every year, the Niagara Falls are visited by millions of people, from around the world, so, today, we want to help you awaken the curiosity of visiting this tourist destination, one that you must see at least once in your life. But before, here is a list of some amazing facts that you may know about

1. Origin of Niagara Falls

More than 12,000 years ago, the Niagara Falls were created as a result of the emission of a gigantic Canadian glacier that, in its journey through the eastern area, formed new glaciers over the Niagara River and the Great Lakes of North America. This natural effect increased the water flow eroding the adjacent rocks, naturally creating a 54 meters high and about 1,000 meters wide waterfall.

2. The Niagara Falls have a world record for the highest volume of water fall

Facts & Information About Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls are not the widest or highest waterfall in the world, however, because they are a “funnel” of 3 different waterfalls, they have won the largest volume of waterfall world record. We are talking about 110,000 m3 per minute, it is practically 3,000 tons of water per second.

3. Where does the Niagara Falls name come from?

The term “Niagara” comes from the terminology used by the Iroquois Indians, a native community of the region. This population lived near Lake Erie and believed that the falls, due to their immensity, were the home of Hinu (God of Thunder), therefore they called the place as “Niagara” or thunder of water .

4. It has been a stage for movies and TV series

Interesting facts about Niagara Falls

Since the Waterfalls or hydroelectric plants are an excellent stage for the Hollywood plot, many film and television producers have chosen the Niagara´s surroundings to record films such as Superman II, Pirates of the Caribbean, Bride of Chucky, Niagara and episodes of the Ninja Turtles series. It is, definitely, a fortune to appreciate the magic of nature.

5. It is a source of natural resources

For the United States and Canada, Niagara Falls are a fundamental part of the energy and drinking water production. Each year it generates more than 4,000,000 kilowatts of electricity, for both countries, and a little more than 20% of the drinking water consumed by the closest to the falls USA cities.

6. The falls ran out of water

Spectacular Facts about the Niagara Falls

On March 29th, 1848, around midnight, Niagara Falls were left without water for almost 40 hours in a row, just because during the night there were strong wind waves that made ice blocks to move towards the outcrops of Eire Lake. It caused the Niagara River channels to be blocked and the water did not flow towards the falls drying the great waterfall up.

7. Magic and acrobatics on the waters

In 1990 the magician David Copperfield performed one of his shows at the falls, it was called “The Challenge of Niagara Falls” and it consisted of falling from the top tied and locked into a sarcophagus, a few seconds after the fall he appeared in a helicopter flying over the area. How did he do it? A magician never reveals his secrets.

8. Jumps into the void

There are those who have jumped into Niagara´s void for fun and others who have done it to end their life. The most famous free falls have been the ones of Sam Patch (1829) and Annie Edson Taylor (1901), who wanted to experience an adrenaline sensation by jumping from the top. Sam jumped from a trampoline located in the Canadian area and survived the impact, for years many others wanted to follow him without the same fortune until Annie Edson threw herself locked in a barrel surviving the fall. This has been quite a show because the chances of surviving are very low.

The fortune of many others hasn’t been the best after falling through the falls. Either by accident or intentionally, each year there is an average of 25 people who died during the fall.

9. Niagara Falls has a state endorsement

The American side of Niagara Falls is protected by an environmental protection entity in charge of creating the Niagara Falls State Park, since 1885, becoming the first park of its kind in the USA. The architectural paths and spaces were designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, a famous american architect and landscaper commissioned to design New York’s City Central Park.

10. How many people visit Niagara Falls?

It is estimated that there are more than 30 million people who come each year to see this natural spectacle. There is no season in which the place is completely empty, because each weather season gives them a captivating touch. Those visits benefit the commerce of the surrounding regions, especially cities like Ontario in Canada and New York in the United States, in fact there are plans dedicated specifically to visit the falls such as the popular Niagara Falls one day tour from NYC.

11. Ecological wealth

Once again we announce that this is a natural paradise, home of hundreds of flora and fauna species, many of them in danger of extinction. Some of the animal species found there are the Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) and the American Bald Eagle. In addition, there are some fish species that use free falls as a slide, but of the hundreds of fishes that fall per day it is believed that only 90% manage to survive, because the foam that forms in the water acts as a mattress. There have been cases in which tourists are hit by fish that fall into the void, those that fail to survive are hunted by birds that inhabit the area.

As for the flora, 14 endemic species of plants of the 600 existing species in the area are in danger of extinction.

12. The falls will cease to exist

For several years it has been said that the falls are “alive” because an 11 kilometers movement has been witnessed during its 12,000 years of existence. As a result of the water erosion and the movement of the rocks, the base of the cliff has been affected, making the movement permanent, also affecting the volume of water, the height of the falls and the rocky material. It cannot be specified how many more years we will be able to enjoy this spectacle but it is estimated that they will disappear in the next 30,000 years.

The continuous transformation of the place and how striking it is in each season of the year carries that thousands of people come to see this show with their own eyes. After seeing the Niagara Falls you can leave soaked, burned by the sun, frozen with cold, but it will not cease to be absolutely beautiful and impressive.

If you dare to take the NYC to Niagara Falls Tour, or if you arrive directly from the Canadian side, we are sure that this visit will be part of one of the best trips of your life.

Don’t think about it anymore, get your suitcase ready and let’s go!


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