Washington, D.C.

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  • 1. C&O Canal

    Georgetown | Park/Playground

    George Washington was one of the first to advance the idea of a canal linking the Potomac with the Ohio River across the Appalachians. Work...Read More

  • 2. Ford's Theatre National Historic Site

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    The events that took place here on the night of April 14, 1865, shocked the nation. During a performance of Our American Cousin, John Wilkes...Read More

  • 3. National Archives

    The Mall | Library/Archive

    Monument, museum, and the nation's memory, the National Archives, headquartered in a grand marble edifice on Constitution Avenue, preserves...Read More

  • 4. National Portrait Gallery

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    The intersection of art, biography, and history is illustrated here through images of men and women who have shaped U.S. history. There are...Read More

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  • 5. Newseum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    The setting, in a dramatic glass-and-silver structure on Pennsylvania Avenue, smack between the White House and the Capitol, is a fitting location...Read More

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  • 6. Smithsonian National Zoological Park

    Upper Northwest | Zoo/Aquarium

    Carved out of wooded hills in Rock Creek Park, The National Zoo houses 1,800 animals, representing 300 species, in innovative compounds showing...Read More

  • 7. Tidal Basin

    The Mall | Promenade/Boardwalk

    The Tidal Basin is the setting for memorials to Thomas Jefferson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr., and George Mason. ...Read More

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  • 8. Bureau of Engraving and Printing

    The Mall | Government Building

    Paper money has been printed here since 1914, when the bureau relocated from the redbrick-towered Auditors Building at the corner of 14th Street...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. East Potomac Park

    Southwest | Park/Playground

    This 328-acre finger of land extends south of the Jefferson Memorial from the Tidal Basin, between the Washington Channel to the east and the...Read More

  • 11. International Spy Museum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    It's believed that there are more spies in Washington than in any other city in the world, making it a fitting home for this museum, which displays...Read More

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  • 12. Marian Koshland Science Museum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    Part of the National Academy of Sciences, this small but engaging museum invites older kids and adults to interact with current scientific issues...Read More

  • 13. National Building Museum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    Architecture, design, landscaping, and urban planning are the themes of this museum, the nation's premier cultural organization devoted to the...Read More

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  • 14. National Geographic Museum

    Dupont Circle | Museum/Gallery

    Founded in 1888, the National Geographic Society is best known for its magazine, and entering this welcoming 13,000-square-foot exhibition space...Read More

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  • 15. Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

    Anacostia | Museum/Gallery

    A pioneer in the community museum movement, in a historically black neighborhood in Southeast Washington, this museum examines the impact of...Read More

  • 16. Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

    The Mall | Museum/Gallery

    This unique underground building houses stunning galleries, a library, photographic archives, and educational facilities. The rotating exhibits...Read More

  • 17. Smithsonian National Postal Museum

    Capitol Hill | Museum/Gallery

    The National Museum of Natural History has the Hope Diamond, but the National Postal Museum has the envelope wrapping used to mail the gem to...Read More

  • 18. West Potomac Park


    Between the Potomac and the Tidal Basin, this park is known for its flowering cherry trees, which bloom for two weeks in late March or early...Read More

  • 19. National Aquarium

    White House area | Zoo/Aquarium

    Established in 1873, the country's oldest aquarium has an incongruous location inside the lower level of the Commerce Department Building, near...Read More

  • 20. National Aquarium

    Downtown | Zoo/Aquarium

    Established in 1873, the National Aquarium is the nation's first public aquarium, welcoming visitors since 1932 to its location inside the lower...Read More

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