Washington, D.C.

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  • 1. American Red Cross

    White House area | Building/Architectural Site

    The national headquarters for the American Red Cross, a National Historic Landmark since 1965, is composed of four buildings. Guided tours show...Read More

  • 2. Art Museum of the Americas

    White House area | Museum/Gallery

    Changing exhibits highlight modern and contemporary Latin American and Caribbean artists in this small gallery, part of the Organization of...Read More

  • 3. Daughters of the American Revolution Museum (DAR)

    White House area | Museum/Gallery

    The beaux arts–style Memorial Continental Hall was the site of the DAR's annual congress until the larger Constitution Hall was built, and now...Read More

  • 4. Decatur House

    White House area | House/Mansion/Villa

    Home to the David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History, located across from the White House, this was the first and last private...Read More

  • Department of State

    5. Department of State

    Foggy Bottom | Government Building

    U.S. foreign policy is administered by battalions of brainy analysts in the huge Department of State building (often referred to as the State...Read More

    Department of State
  • 6. Department of the Interior

    White House area | Government Building

    The outside of the building is plain, but inside a wealth of art, contained in two separate collections, reflects the department's work. The...Read More

  • Federal Reserve Building

    7. Federal Reserve Building

    Foggy Bottom | Government Building

    This imposing marble edifice, its bronze entryway topped by a massive eagle, was designed by Folger Library architect Paul Cret. Its appearance...Read More

    Federal Reserve Building
  • 8. Renwick Gallery

    White House area | Museum/Gallery

    This luscious French Second Empire–style building is across the street from the White House and the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, and...Read More

  • 9. The Octagon House

    White House area | House/Mansion/Villa

    Why this six-sided building is named the Octagon remains a subject of debate. Some say that even though the main room is a circle, it resembled...Read More

  • The White House

    10. The White House

    White House area | Government Building

    America's most famous house was designed in 1792 by Irish architect James Hoban. It was known officially as the Executive Mansion until 1902...Read More

    The White House
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  • 11. Treasury Building

    White House area | Government Building

    Once used to store currency, this is the largest Greek Revival edifice in Washington. Robert Mills, the architect responsible for the Washington...Read More

  • 12. World War I Memorial

    White House area | Park/Playground

    In late 2014 Congress redesignated this quiet, sunken garden, which was formerly named Pershing Park in tribute to General John J. "Black Jack...Read More

  • 13. Corcoran Gallery of Art

    White House area | Museum/Gallery

    In 2014, the Corcoran's historic 17th Street building and the College of Art + Design became part of George Washington University and ownership...Read More

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