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    Scottish Rite Masonic Temple

    by TexasDave Written May 20, 2009

    Designed by architect John Russell Pope and built in 1915, this building was modeled after the Tomb of Mausolus in Turkey, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

    1733 16th St, NW at S St. Closest Metro stop is Dupont Circle.

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    Georgetown

    by TexasDave Written May 20, 2009

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    Georgetown is a neighborhood on the West side of Washington which is not near any Metro station or the major tourist sights, but makes for a very pleasant half day walk.
    There is a shuttle service offered from Dupont Circle which charges $1.00 one way (see the website mentioned below). This is more of a residential eating and shopping area and there is a lot of 1800's architecture to admire. Two good examples are on N St East and West of 33rd St.
    Cox's Row, built 1817, is considered the finest group of Federal row houses in Washington.
    Smith's Row consists of 5 nearly identical row houses built in 1815.

    Smith's Row Cox's Row
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    Albert Einstein Memorial

    by TexasDave Written May 19, 2009

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    On the grounds of the National Academy of Sciences you can find this 12 ft high bronze statue, weighing 4 tons. It was unveiled on April 22, 1979, in honor of the centennial of the scientist's birth.

    It is at 2101 Constitution Ave., NW., on the North side of the Mall, near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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    Library of Congress

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Feb 20, 2009

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    The Library of Congress is the national library of the United States and the research arm of the United States Congress. This library is housed in three buildings and it is the largest library in the world by shelf space and holds the largest number of books. The Library was established in 1800 and bolstered by the donation of Thomas Jefferson's personal library in 1815, after the British destroyed the library's original collection in 1814. The Library of Congress was also strengthened when the Smithsonian Institution donated its entire collection of 40,000 volumes. This library receives copies of every book, pamphlet, map, print, and piece of music registered in the United States.

    I have walked by the library a few times, but never had any interest to go in until I was in the brand-new $600 billion Capitol Visitors Center (only 300 percent over budget!), and I saw there is now a tunnel connecting to the LOC. Wanting to avoid the huge crowds at the Capitol, I walked the quiet, almost deserted corridor under 1st Street SE. I strolled past the security station...luckily the security at the Capitol Visitors Center is enough. I then wandered up the stairs and saw an old lady sitting quietly at a visitors (or security?) desk in the main Thomas Jefferson Building so I asked her sheepishly what I could do or see here. She said on the lower level was a Bob Hope display plus a Gershon room, but everything else to see was upstairs. I knew about Gina Gershon from the movie Showgirls, so I was all about checking that out! Too bad the exhibit was actually about a guy named Gershwin who apparently played the piano. Such disappointment I face at every turn.

    When my acute dejection subsided and my tears dried, I wandered upstairs and was instantly amazed by the bright Great Hall with its white marble columns and stairs along with the predominantly yellow and blue mosaics covering the ceilings. I continued up the next flight of stairs and my first stop was the "Creating the United States" display then the Thomas Jefferson Library with a sterile environment of circular shelves displaying the man's original books, numerous others that were purchased to restore the original library, plus blanks for missing books. I next walked over to the nearby Main Reading Room Overlook which gives a stunning perspective into a fairyland working library... how could anyone research in this beautiful environment? Finally, I walked back downstairs and checked out the Giant Bible of Mainz and the Gutenburg Bible (one of only four originals in the whole world!). It took me another 20 minutes to find my way out the lower front doors of this amazing library.

    LOC from the new $600+B Capitol Visitors Center

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    This is CNN!

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Nov 20, 2008

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    During my last visit to Washington DC, I was fortunate to get to visit the CNN Washington Bureau studios. My friend's brother-in-law is a camera man there, so we got the insider's tour. He showed us where "The Situation Room" with Wolf Blitzer is filmed, and we met several of the people who make the show happen behind the scenes. He let us try out a few of the cameras, and we got our pictures taken in the studio used for remote interviews. Unfortunately Wolf was on vacation, so we couldn't hang out with him while he got his manicure and his nose hairs trimmed.

    Parking is limited around CNN, so take the Metro to Union Station, just a block away. CNN Washington studios are located along 1st Street NE in a building shared with the Department of Education. The Accenture corporation and Station Cafe are also in this building.

    One of the other main studios at CNN A studio at CNN Washington Main studio where the Me at a production room at CNN Another production room
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    "Sunset Boat" in the Garden

    by lonestar_philomath Updated Sep 5, 2008

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    This exhibit was in the garden this summer. The exhibt lasted form 29 March 2007 - 8 October 2007 and now has disappeared.

    These glass sculptures were made by Dale Chihuly. The only place you can now see his work is in the basement office of the Ripley Museum membership office.

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    Alexandria, Virginia - take a boat over!

    by jbkac Written Feb 28, 2008

    One of the highlights of our trip was a little gem called Alexandria. Small town with alot of history. Want a break? Take the boat over. Take a walk in town, have lunch and enjoy a town almost overshadowed by it's big neighbor. No crowds, quaint, rich in history and tourist freindly.

    Welcome to Alexandria Welcome to Alexandria Look at the size of the white house! Gadsby's Tavern Veiw from the boat Look at the size of the white house! Another veiw from the boat Gadsby's Tavern Veiw from the boat Another veiw from the boat
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    Alternative Washington

    by aero198 Written Sep 9, 2007

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    Besides the typical things you must see in Washington, it's worth a visit to the northeast districts of the city, for example the neighborhoods of U Street Corridor and Adams Morgan. After years of decadence, these zones are now full of bistros, cafes, jazz clubs.

    You should also visit Georgetown, an area full of historical buildings. Each sunday, on the parking of Arlington County courts, from 8:00AM to 4PM you can visit a popular market with good antiques.

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    Mount Vernon

    by traveldave Updated Aug 31, 2007

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    The home the nation's first president, George Washington, Mount Vernon was constructed between 1741 and 1742. The estate, which was originally owned by George Washington's brother, Lawrence, was inherited by George Washington when his sister-in-law, Anne Fairfax Washington died in 1761.

    Mount Vernon was a 500-acre (202-hectare) plantation which consisted of a border of deep woods, rolling meadows, cultivated fields, and groves of trees. After acquiring the property, George Washington made improvements which included a pleasure garden and a kitchen garden. It was a self-sustaining plantation, meaning that nothing was bought that could be produced on the grounds.

    Nowadays, Mount Vernon is a museum dedicated to the life of George and Martha Washington. The museum has a collection of over 30,000 objects that were owned by the Washingtons. The artifacts are divided between the Curatorial Collections, which includes physical objects such as sculptures, ceramics, glassworks, textiles, cooking utensiles and tools, and George Washington's famous dentures; and the Library/Archives, which includes papers, manuscripts, rare books, and prints. After the death of George Washington, most of his possessions were distributed to various heirs and scattered across the country. The museum has worked hard to re-acquire much of the Washington memorabilia over the years. The Washingtons are buried on the property, and it is possible to view their graves when visiting Mount Vernon.

    Mount Vernon is located along the Potomac River, 15 miles (24 kilometers) south of Washington, D.C.

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    C&O Canal- General Information & Boat Ride

    by globetrotter_2006 Updated Jun 20, 2007

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    RIDE "THE GEORGETOWN"

    Ride along the historic C&O Canal in a boat pulled by mules, and experience the boat rising 8 feet in a lock. You can also hear Park Rangers in period clothing describe what life was like for the families that lived and worked on the canal.

    One hour trip cost: $8 Adults, $6 Senior Citizens & $5 Children

    The Georgetown is in dry dock until April 2006

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    Daughters of the American Revolution Museum

    by rexvaughan Updated Mar 21, 2006

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    This museum may not be to everyone’s taste but if you are interested in American History, the American Revolution and general Americana it has an amazing amount of stuff. The DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) was founded in the late 19th C and is dedicated to “promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children.”

    It features displays of a wide range of historic manuscripts as well as lots of ceramics, furniture, toys, glass, quilts, etc from various times and places in American history. There are period rooms depicting typical rooms from different states which is an interesting and eclectic collection of representative parlors, kitchens, bedrooms and more furnished in the style of that state and time.

    The museum has an all American address: 1776 D Street, NW and is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can take a self-guided tour or docents are available for guided tours.

    I have included photos of the Georgia oom as that is where we live, and the Oklahoma Room as that is where my wife and I were both born and raised.

    The DAR Museum The Georgia Room The Oklahoma Room Another view of the Oklahoma Room
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    WASHINGTON'S MOST HIDDEN GIFT SHOP

    by Rich62 Updated Nov 17, 2005

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    The photo shows my cousin and my wife entering the White House Historical Association Gift Shop. Few tourists know that it exists. You have to read the plaque on the front of the building to see if you have the right place.

    Anyway, inside they sell very nice gifts relating to the White House. It could be described as an upscale gift shop, I suppose. We purchased the 2005 White House Christmas ornament, for example. I think it was about $20.

    If I remember right, it is located at 740 Jackson Place. From the northwest corner of the White House, go north a block or two and you should find it. Look for the entrance in my photo.

    THE WHITE HOUSE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION GIFT SHOP ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL ENTRANCE ON THIS BLOCK THE 2005 WHITE HOUSE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
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    Anti-War Protest - Sept. 2005

    by Richmond Written Oct 12, 2005

    The demonstrations followed an anti-war rally in Washington on Saturday Sept. 24, 2005 which attracted more than 100,000 people condemning the US military presence in Iraq. Sheehan and prominent anti-war campaigner George Galloway, a member of the British parliament, addressed the rally, condemning Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

    But the White House shrugged off the demonstrations, saying that opponents were free to speak out but would not change the president's views.

    Presidential spokesman Scott McClellan, when asked what effect Saturday's crowds had on Bush, replied: "I don't know of any it had on him ... We continued with our schedule."

    Bush, who had left Washington on September 23 to visit areas battered by hurricanes Katrina and Rita, believes that, "people have the right to express their views", McClellan told reporters.

    "The president just strongly disagrees with those who say we need to withdraw from the Middle East. That would be the wrong approach, that would make us less safe and less secure," he added.

    "This is a global war that we're engaged in. I know that there are some that would argue that we should withdraw from Afghanistan and that we should withdraw from Iraq and we should withdraw from the Middle East," said McClellan.

    But the September 11, 2001, attacks "showed us in a very vivid way that we are engaged in a global war, and we must take the fight to the enemy so that we're fighting them there, not here", said McClellan.

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    DUPONT 5 Cinema

    by rsleisk Updated Aug 18, 2005

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    The Dupont 5 gets its appeal for offering fascinating foreign and independent movies, non-mainstream films or indie gems.

    When I was here I saw one of my all-time favorite films LOST IN TRANSLATION.
    Although this film is not unheard of there are other great films that show here that you can't find anywhere else in DC, like The Motorcycle Diaries.

    The South exit of the Dupont Circle station on the Red Line.

    1350 19th St NW
    Washington, DC 20036

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    James A. Garfield Statue

    by crzymallard Written Aug 14, 2005

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    Be sure when your walking around the Capitol grounds to check out this statue of James A. Garfield who served with distinction in the Union Army during the Civil War.

    Garfield left the army on his election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1863. He was later nominated as the Republican candidate for the Presidency in 1880 and became the 20th president of the United States.

    James A. Garfield Statue in front of the Capitol
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