Washington D.C. Off The Beaten Path

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Washington D.C. Off The Beaten Path

  • Other Notable Buildings

    Washington D.C. Off The Beaten Path

    The Organization of American States is the world’s oldest regional organization, whose history dates back to the First International Conference of American States which was held in Washington, D.C., from October 1889 to April 1890. The Organization’s four main areas of investment include advocating for democracy, defending human rights, increasing...

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  • Other Memorials / Monuments

    Washington D.C. Off The Beaten Path

    You can probably be excused if the existence of the Boy Scout Memorial doesn't light an immediate flame of recognition in your eyes. Its on the Ellipse (now called President's Park) and to be honest most people are on the way to try to get a few good pictures of the White House so they might easily miss this memorial. The Memorial was inaugurated...

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  • Day Trips

    Washington D.C. Off The Beaten Path

    One of the most recognizable towns in Virginia is Arlington. Here is a picture of the Lee Mansion. During the Civil War, Union Soldiers were buried here and that was the beginning of what is known today as Arlington Cemetery. This is a favorite tourist destination that shouldn't be missed. This was also the site where people from town would...

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  • Neighborhoods / Residential Areas

    Washington D.C. Off The Beaten Path

    Your first reaction to that heading may be something along the lines of, "What is this idiot doing calling Capitol Hill 'Off the beaten Path'"? Obviously, Capitol Hill and the Capitol Building are high on the list of must see locations for most visitors to our nation's capital but I am strongly suggesting that after you see the Capitol Building you...

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  • Parks / Gardens

    Washington D.C. Off The Beaten Path

    Right behind the Smithsonian Castle you will find a lovely garden. This is an especially lovely, shaded, quiet place to relax after you have been schlepping around the monuments and memorials and all your companions are tired. The Gardens are named after Enid Annenburg Haupt, her father founded the publishing empire. Ms Haupt was an avid...

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  • National Cathedral / Other Churches /...

    Washington D.C. Off The Beaten Path

    Take a tour of the Washington National Chathedral, it is beautiful and worth spending time at. After the tour stop in the little museum shop that offers unique gifts. I bought a few pencil sketches of buildings in the D.C. area including a lovey version of this Cathedral. Inside you will see this stained-glass window. It commemorates the flight...

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  • Other Tours / Museums / Libraries

    Washington D.C. Off The Beaten Path

    Located directly across the street from the statue of Baron von Stueben in Lafayette Square is what looks like a very ordinary brick home . Actually, it is anything but ordinary. Originally it was built for naval here Steven Decatur and is one of three remaining designed by Benjamin Latrobe. Today it houses the Center for White House History and...

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  • Arlington VA. / National Cemetery

    Washington D.C. Off The Beaten Path

    The Land that Arlington National Cemetery is located once belonged to the family of General Robert E. Lee. After the Civil War the property was auctioned off and bought by the US government. The Mansion and the two hundred acres surrounding it were designated officially as a military cemetery June 15, 1864, by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton....

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  • Smithsonian Institute Museums / National...

    Washington D.C. Off The Beaten Path

    This is a 1947 Allan Herschell Carousel located right in front of the Smithsonian Castle. It was erected in the National Mall in 1967. Open year-round, weather permitting. Hours: 10 am-5:30 pm Daily; Labor Day-Feb 28: 11 am-5 pm Daily, $2 admission fee. Smithsonian Castle address is 1000 Jefferson Drive, SW Washington, DC Metro...

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  • Organization of American States

    Washington D.C. Off The Beaten Path

    The Museum of the Americas is sponsored by the Organization of American States, which showcases the visual arts from all of its member states on a rotating basis in this museum Exhibits change every three months.. The Building itself is small, directly behind the OAS building. For example, what I saw today was an exhibit of sculpture and visual...

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  • C &O Canal / Potomac River

    Washington D.C. Off The Beaten Path

    In 1885: Mrs. Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore, upon returning to Washington from her first visit to Japan, approached the U.S. Army Superintendent of the Office of Public Buildings and Grounds, with the proposal that cherry trees be planted one day along the reclaimed Potomac waterfront. Her request fell on deaf ears. Over the next twenty-four years, Mrs....

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  • U.S. Botanical Garden

    Washington D.C. Off The Beaten Path

    After visiting a number of landmark buildings, we were craving for our prime interest - greenery. We found beauty blooming in Washington, DC at the United States Botanic Garden. Located on the west side of U.S. Capitol Building, the Botanic Garden includes a conservatory and Bartholdi Park gardens. We spent some time in Bartholdi Park that offered...

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  • FDR Memorial

    Washington D.C. Off The Beaten Path

    The FDR memmorial is a beautiful place to be in .. its on the shore of the tidal basin on one side ... and it is sculpted with amazing fountains and the most memmorable saying of FDR ... and also since he was a handicap ... the whole area is made in a handicap friendly manner !!

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  • Veterans War Memorials

    Washington D.C. Off The Beaten Path

    The Navy Memorial was dedicated in 1987 and the museum opened in 1991. The monument itself features four fountains, two flagpoles, 26 small bronze sculptures commemorating various Navy achievements, and a life-size sailor surveying a granite map of the globe. The following quotes are engraved on the monument: * “I have not yet begun to fight!” -...

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  • Markets / Shops / Malls

    Washington D.C. Off The Beaten Path

    I found that this gentleman had really great prices on Pakistani rugs. His name is Ahmad Arsalan and the company is "Ansaf Sure Bazar. All kinds of Hand Made Carpets & Kilim's Center." Denise is going to have him make a special size and colour.

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  • University Campuses

    Washington D.C. Off The Beaten Path

    Located at 37th & O Streets NW, in the Georgetown area of Washington D.C. the Georgetown University campus was impressive and comfortable. I came here twice, first to tour the campus and second to sit in on a class. The first visit was in the late afternoon. We walked through several lovely buildings, and walked along the tree lined pathways...

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  • Mary Livingston Ripley Memorial Garden

    This is a restful and pretty floral walkway just west of the Hirshhorn Museum. It is nice to amble through here, taking it down a notch and regaining your equilibrium and breath.It is a "quiet oasis" maintained by the Smithsonian.

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  • ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES

    The Organization of American States is the world’s oldest regional organization, whose history dates back to the First International Conference of American States which was held in Washington, D.C., from October 1889 to April 1890. The Organization’s four main areas of investment include advocating for democracy, defending human rights, increasing...

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  • Boy Scout Memorial on the Ellipse

    You can probably be excused if the existence of the Boy Scout Memorial doesn't light an immediate flame of recognition in your eyes. Its on the Ellipse (now called President's Park) and to be honest most people are on the way to try to get a few good pictures of the White House so they might easily miss this memorial.The Memorial was inaugurated in...

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  • Bureau of Engraving and Printing

    We had to get up and get to D.C. early because we had a 7:30 a.m. tour of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. I remember my mom and dad taking us here in the 80's. This time we had a very grumpy guide. In an area with a low ceiling, she yelled at people for reaching up and touching the ceiling. I don't know why. It was an interesting tour, but...

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  • Enid Haupt Garden

    Right behind the Smithsonian Castle you will find a lovely garden. This is an especially lovely, shaded, quiet place to relax after you have been schlepping around the monuments and memorials and all your companions are tired. The Gardens are named after Enid Annenburg Haupt, her father founded the publishing empire. Ms Haupt was an avid gardener...

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  • SPECIAL TOUR OF THE U.S. CAPITOL

    In February 2013, I was able to take a unique off the beaten track tour at the U.S. Capitol Building that took us to remote areas of the building or places one can’t get into when the Congress is in session. The first stop, was deep in the basement of the Capitol building, in a utility room with two marble bathtubs, which are all that remain of the...

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  • The Summer House - US Capitol Grounds

    The Summer House is a small, red hexagonal brick building just downhill of the Capitol Building on the northwest side. It really resembles an old World War II bunker, but don't be confused. The Summer House was completed in 1880 or 1881 as a place for visitors to stop to get water on their way to the Capitol Building. The building has three arched...

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  • American Red Cross Headquarters

    If you are walking toward the White House after coming from seeing the monuments stop for a moment to take a long look at the mansions around the square. In front of you will be the Old Executive Building with the large shiny statue in front of itOn 17th Street (right next to the Corcoran) you will see a lovely Neo-Classical mansion. The dead...

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  • President James Buchanan Monument

    The President James Buchanan Monument is a small, off the beaten path memorial located at Meridian Hill Park. This seldom-visited monument was established in 1930, and funded by the former First Lady Harriet Lane (actually President Buchanan's niece.Before becoming president, Buchanan served as a member of the Pennsylvania state assembly, 10 years...

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  • I have not yet begun to fight!

    You were coming from seeing the new Martin Luther King Memorial and you hurried across the street (since there are few pedestrian crossings there) to the DC War Memorial. If you kept going youll be right at the end of West Potomac Park, the area directly adjacent to the Tidal Basin. There you will see a monument to someone that was clearly in the...

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  • George Mason Memorial

    George Mason was a Revolutionary War patriot, member of the Virginia legislature, and delegate from Virginia to the U.S. Constitutional Convention. He is often called the "Father of the Bill of Rights" due to his insistence on the addition of the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution. He was also the principal creator of the Virginia Declaration...

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  • John J Pershing monument

    John J "Black Jack" Pershing monument is located in Pershing Park, part of what is now Freedom Plaza. The funny thing is that everyone who comes to Washington passes by this park, its directly across the street from the Sherman monument next to the White House. Located at 14th and Pennsylvania Avenue. Pershing (1860-1948) led the US Expeditionary...

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  • Decatur House

    Located directly across the street from the statue of Baron von Stueben in Lafayette Square is what looks like a very ordinary brick home . Actually, it is anything but ordinary. Originally it was built for naval here Steven Decatur and is one of three remaining designed by Benjamin Latrobe.Today it houses the Center for White House History and...

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  • Museum of the Americas

    The Museum of the Americas is sponsored by the Organization of American States, which showcases the visual arts from all of its member states on a rotating basis in this museumExhibits change every three months.. The Building itself is small, directly behind the OAS building. For example, what I saw today was an exhibit of sculpture and visual art...

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  • Who is this man and why is he here?

    At first glance this statue bears a striking resemblance to an English (or Continental) jurist of old, with the robes and wig. Since it is in front of the US Courthouse (E. Barrett Prettyman)you would certainly expect that the statue is of a noted jurist. Sir William Blackstone (1723-1780) was an english judge and jurist noted for writing...

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  • National Gallery of Art-Sculpture Garden

    This is something I came across on my last trip to see the museums downtown. If you are coming from the Smithsonian towards the National Archives building you have to cut through this. It is actually quite refreshing. There is a very nice cafe in the sculpture garden, and right in front of that is an outdoor ice skating rink.Honestly, most of the...

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  • Temperance Fountain

    This is a somewhat different monument. The fountain was given to the city by Dr Henry Cogswell in 1882. He believed that providing clean drinking water would keep people from drinking alcoholic beverages. The Women's Christian Temperance Union later went forward with Cogswell's ideas, trying to implement more drinking fountains. Part of the reason...

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  • John Marshall Memorial

    John Marshall (1755-1835) was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. He was a powerful orator and distinguished legislator from the state of Virginia. He was a lawyer and Revolutionary Hero and later served as Secretary of State in the Adams administration. He became Chief Justice in 1801 and is credited with making the...

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  • George Mason Memorial

    If you are on your way to the Jefferson Memorial, make this tiny little detour. Off to the left, in West Potomac Park, is the memorial to George Mason. It really is easy to see how a lot of people never get to see this memorial. It is labelled, but its not a very big memorial so you can easily miss it. Dedicated in 2002 by President Bush, it is one...

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  • Farragut Square

    Most visitors to Washington might have heard Farragut North, which is a stop on the Red Line (Connecticut Ave & K Street). To locals this is at the center of the city, right in the middle of the K Street Corridor where there are lots of law and professional offices. This area has been cleaned up considerably in the last 20 years, a lot of new tall...

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  • Public Art

    For those of us who live here, graffiti is not always a good thing. One artist though is something of a local legend. I remember even during the toughest times you had to be amazed at this guy. You could be walking down the street and suddenly notice his tag on a wall..or a bridge or something totally common. You can see a lot of his work if you...

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  • Butt Millet Fountain in President's Park

    President's Park today is what used to be called the Ellipse before. Ordinarily, you sort of expect memorials and monuments in important locations like this to be of soldiers, statesmen or others of great stature, right?This fountain, which really gives you no particular clue as to why it was erected, memorializes Archibald Butt and David Francis...

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  • Washington Area Law Enforcement Memorial

    This small memorial honors Law Enforcement officers in the Washington DC metropolitan area who died in the line of duty. In memory of those who have given their lives in dedicated service to their community. Their sacrifices secure our personal libertiesLadies Auxiliary Fraternal Order of PoliceJerrard F Young Lodge No. 1-F, D.C. May 12,...

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  • National Law Enforcement Officers...

    This memorial honors the memory of over 19,000 law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. The Memorial was dedicated in 1991 and every year on May 13, during National Police Week, there is a Candlelight Vigil where they add the new names to the wall. The names belong to law enforcement officers from state,local and federal...

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  • Church of the Presidents

    St. John's Episcopal Church is located at 16th and H Streets, across Lafayette Square from the White House. This church was nicknamed the Church of the Presidents because every President from Madison onwards has come to this church at least now and then. President Tyler reserved the use of pew 58 for Presidents of the United States in perpetuity.

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  • Moon Rock

    Take a tour of the Washington National Chathedral, it is beautiful and worth spending time at. After the tour stop in the little museum shop that offers unique gifts. I bought a few pencil sketches of buildings in the D.C. area including a lovey version of this Cathedral. Inside you will see this stained-glass window. It commemorates the flight of...

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  • A Day Trip to Virginia!

    One of the most recognizable towns in Virginia is Arlington. Here is a picture of the Lee Mansion. During the Civil War, Union Soldiers were buried here and that was the beginning of what is known today as Arlington Cemetery. This is a favorite tourist destination that shouldn't be missed. This was also the site where people from town would gather...

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  • Capitol Hill

    Your first reaction to that heading may be something along the lines of, "What is this idiot doing calling Capitol Hill 'Off the beaten Path'"? Obviously, Capitol Hill and the Capitol Building are high on the list of must see locations for most visitors to our nation's capital but I am strongly suggesting that after you see the Capitol Building you...

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  • A Day Trip to West VA, Harper's Ferry!

    Harper's Ferry became famous because John Brown, an abolitionist, and his rag-tag group of men decided to rob the US Army Asenal located in this small town. He failed to escape and was later tried in Alexandria and there hanged. The details of this story are found at the Harper's Ferry outdoor museum and well worth a day trip to this fantastically...

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