Washington, D.C.

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  • 1. Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

    Foggy Bottom | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 2. Smithsonian National Zoological Park

    Upper Northwest | Zoo/Aquarium

    The Smithsonian's National Zoo features 1,800 animals, representing 300 species, in as close as you can get to their native surroundings. Arrive...Read More

  • 3. American Red Cross

    Foggy Bottom | Notable Building

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

  • 4. Art Museum of the Americas

    Foggy Bottom | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 5. Black Lives Matter Plaza

    Foggy Bottom | Plaza/Square

    After President Trump held up a Bible on June 1, 2020, for a photo op in front of historic St. John's Church, calling out the national guard...Read More

  • 6. Constitution Gardens

    The Mall | Garden

    Many ideas were proposed to develop this 52-acre site near the Reflecting Pool and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Paths wind through groves...Read More

  • 7. Corcoran School of the Arts + Design at GW

    Foggy Bottom | Museum/Gallery

    The Corcoran School, a prestigious art school since 1878, is now in partnership with George Washington University. As part of that collaboration...Read More

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

    Foggy Bottom | Museum/Gallery

    The Beaux Arts Memorial Continental Hall, built in 1929 as the headquarters for the Daughters of the Revolution (DAR), is home to Washington...Read More

  • 9. Decatur House

    Foggy Bottom | Historic Home

    Decatur House was built in 1818–19 on Lafayette Square, just across from the White House, for naval hero Stephen Decatur and his wife, Susan...Read More

  • 10. Federal Reserve Building

    Foggy Bottom | Government Building

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

  • 11. The Octagon Museum of the Architects Foundation

    Foggy Bottom | Historic Home

    Designed by Dr. William Thornton (original architect of the U.S. Capitol), the Octagon House was built by enslaved workers for John Tayloe III...Read More

  • 12. 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

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  • 13. U.S. Department of State Diplomatic Reception Rooms

    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

  • 14. U.S. Department of the Interior Museum

    Foggy Bottom | Museum/Gallery

    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

  • 15. U.S. Department of the Treasury

    Foggy Bottom | 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

  • 16. White House Visitor Center

    Foggy Bottom | Visitor Center

    If you aren't able to obtain tickets to visit the White House (or even if you have), visiting the White House Visitor Center is an excellent...Read More

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