Washington D.C. Things to Do

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Washington D.C. Things to Do

  • The White House

    4 out of 5 stars

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    So, this looks like the official site regarding information on White House tours. It appears not just anyone at anytime can visit the White House. A request must be made by one's member of Congress in advance (at least 1 month and as early as six months in advance). Okay, so I wasn't sure how to look up this information. I started a search on the...

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  • Washington Monument

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    Because of an unexpected earthquake August 23, 2011, when we visited in 2013, the Washington Monument was enclosed completely in scaffolding. The monument is now open to visitors Free Tickets - The Washington Monument Lodge, located along 15th Street, opens at 8:30 a.m. for distribution of free, same day, timed tickets on a first-come...

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  • Lincoln Memorial

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    The Lincoln Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial, are two of my favorite monuments. Like many buildings in D.C., they are Greek in design, featuring columns, wide stairways and, of course, imposing statues as their centerpieces. The Lincoln Memorial is situated at the end of a long reflecting pool and the Jefferson Memorial sits across a tidal basin...

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  • U.S. Capitol Building

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    Our most unusual experience in Washington was our tour of the U.S. Capitol Building. We previously visited the nearby offices of our representative to procure tickets to watch Congress in session from the balcony. We actually took a special underground, open-air people mover that whisked us from that building to the Capitol itself. In the Capitol,...

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  • National Gallery of Art

    5 out of 5 stars

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    The National Gallery of Art is a hidden gem. Most tourist visit the Natural History Museum,The National Archives, Air & Space or the Hollocaust Museum and this one is just there waiting to be discovered. The museum is divided into theree areas; the West Building , the East Building and the Sculpture garden. If you enter through the Main floor of...

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  • Jefferson Memorial - The Tidal Basin

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    The Lincoln Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial, are two of my favorite monuments. Like many buildings in D.C., they are Greek in design, featuring columns, wide stairways and, of course, imposing statues as their centerpieces. The Lincoln Memorial is situated at the end of a long reflecting pool and the Jefferson Memorial sits across a tidal basin...

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  • Chinatown

    3 out of 5 stars

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    Who says I don't appreciate Chinatown? Where else could I buy an umbrella by $5, right exiting the restaurant, to face an unexpected rain? (The French group was surprised, thinking I was prepared, and carried the umbrella with me. Shall I tell them the truth?). But the rain... I couldn't see much of Chinatown!

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  • Ford's Theatre - Petersen House

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    Abraham Lincoln died at the Petersen House at 7:22 AM on April 15, 1865, across the street from Ford's Theatre where he had been shot in the head the night before. The house contains the bed where Lincoln died, complete with the pillow he used, and the furniture in the house at the time. Another room is the room where Mary Lincoln waited with...

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  • Arlington National Cemetery - House

    5 out of 5 stars

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    I enjoy visiting cemeteries. I find them peaceful and meaningful. On this particular day that I visited the Arlington Cemetery it was very chilly and I didn't get to experience what all the cemetery has to offer. I opted to take the warm bus tour which cost US$7.00 and we visited John F. Kennedy's final resting place and the eternal flame. We also...

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  • U.S. Holocaust Museum

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    the u.s.h.m.m is a fasinating and disturbing history of nazi germany and the holocaust. to see the permanent exhibit you get a ticket at the information counter on the main floor. you are then given a "passport" which is a copy of a ID card and brief biography of a victim of the holocaust. then you take an elevator to the fourth floor to begin the...

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  • The National Mall

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    The idea of creating a botanic garden was first put forward by the Columbian Institute in 1816. The idea was immediately supported by Congress, who gave the Institute a swampy piece of land at the bottom of Capitol Hill. The Institute managed to create a small garden in the 1820s by draining and levelling the ground. Only a few short years after...

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  • World War II Memorial

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    Located at the center of the National Mall, the National World War II Memorial opened to the public on April 29, 2004 with the Washington Monument to the east and the Lincoln Memorial to the west. National Park Service keeps it open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It consists of 56 Pillars and a pair of Arches surrounding a Plaza and Fountain....

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  • Union Station

    4 out of 5 stars

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    Maybe you don't have time for a movie but if you did, you can see it here at Union Station. Lots of places to choose from to have a bite to eat and shop til you drop because there are many retail stores here. And, if you need to catch a train, you actually can. Located on the lower level.

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  • Library Of Congress

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    This was visually the most beautiful place I visited in DC. The detail in design and architecture was really amazing. During our visit we were able to view Thomas Jefferson's library collection of books. The book titles ranged from medical to law books. Some classic fiction books. There were thousands of books he had and seems to have been...

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  • Korean War Veterans Memorial

    5 out of 5 stars

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    There is sooo much to see in DC but visiting the Korean War Veterans National Memorial was meaningful to me. My dad grew up in Japan. Oddly enough, he was born a United States citizen. So, at 18 years of age he returned to the US to find he was immediately drafted into the army to fight in the Korean War. He doesn't elaborate as to what he did in...

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  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial

    5 out of 5 stars

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    The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, atempting to soften painful memories, joins three elements: the Three Servicemen Statue and Flagpole, the Vietnam Women's Memorial and the Wall of names. This one is the center of attention, for people that easily forgets the other elements. Almost hidden in the lawn, a long black wall registers the name of the...

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  • S.I. National Air and Space Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    Escaping from the rain, the museum was a good idea, though, as a matter of fact, I expected more from it. Maybe because I'd been in Cape Canaveral, I appreciated the way the interactive displays attracted the children, but the collection didn't seem very rich. Anyway, we passed an interesting (and dry) couple of hours.

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  • FDR - Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    This memorial (which we visited late in the day) has sequence of four outdoor rooms, one for each of FDR's terms of office. . Each of the four "rooms" representing Roosevelt's respective terms in office contains a waterfall. As one moves from room to room, the waterfalls become larger and more complex, reflecting the increasing complexity of a...

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  • National Archives

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    The Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States and Bill of Rights is on display at the National Archives in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom. The Rotunda entrance is on Constitution Avenue. The National Archives is open from 10am-5:30pm during Fall-Winter and 10am-7pm during Spring-Summer. Admission is Free. For more...

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  • Georgetown

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    We finished our day in Georgetown by visiting two very different historic cemeteries located quite close to one another. The first, Oak Hill Cemetery, was founded in 1848 on a 15-acre plot of land bought by William Wilson Corcoran, the same retired banker turned philanthropist responsible for the Corcoran Gallery of Art. In the 1830s, the...

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  • Smithsonian Institute Castle

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    The Smithsonian Institute is unique. Its name has become synonymous with recognizing greatness. To be put in the Smithsonian is one of the most important indicators of one person's contribution to mankind. They have built up perhaps the finest collection of Museums in the world, almost all of which are in Washington D.C. and all of which are...

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  • International Spy Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    This was much more interesting than I expected! I'm scouting out DC on my own and thought, what the heck. I'll go check this out. The Smithsonian Museums do not cost anything for entry. This is not a Smithsonian museum. So, there are various admission fees depending on what you want to get out of your visit. Lots of items on display and short films...

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  • FBI Headquarters

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    That's what is written on front of the bronze statue of three individuals, outside the FBI building in Pennsylvania Avenue. The building was ready for use in the mid 70's and officially named the J Edgar Hoover Building. at one time there were conducted tours but at the moment they have been suspended.

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  • U.S. Supreme Court

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    The US Supreme Court building was completed in 1935. The Neoclassical-style building sits behind the Capitol and was designed by American architect Cass Gilbert, who unfortunately died before the building was completed, with the idea of providing the United States with a Temple of Justice. On weekdays, visitors are welcome to tour around the...

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  • National Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    My sister has never had the chance to travel to Europe, so what a pleasure it was for me to take her to the Washington National Cathedral! Although it was built in the 20th century, its impressive size and Gothic architecture make it easy to compare it to some of Europe's finest Medieval cathedrals. It took no less than 83 years - even with our...

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  • S.I. National Zoo

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    The National Zoo is part of the Smithsonian Institution,as such it is free to the public and one of Washington's most popular attractions. Getting to the Zoo- there is parking, but the easiest way to get to the Zoo is by public transportation. RED LINE stop at Woodley Park/ZOO will leave you on Connecticut Avenue, just follow the crowds, its...

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  • Cherry Blossom Festival

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    One of the rites of spring for us here in the Washington DC area is the coming of the cherry blossoms. For us it is one of the signs that spring is finally here. Every year the Cherry Blossom Festival is held on the Tidal Basin (basically right in front of the Bureau of Printing and Engraving on the other side of the street) by the Jefferson...

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  • Smithsonian Museums

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    National Museum of Natural History is definitely worth the visit. You can learn all about the Evolving Earth, the Diversity of Life, the Human Connection, and our Connected Planet. The hours are 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Admission is free. The museum is closed on December 25 open the rest of the year.

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  • U.S. Botanic Garden

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    Our guide didn't even mention a big building by the Capitol, but I had to make a picture of it. Back home I found that it is the US Botanic Garden with a very rich history, and, for sure, a great visit... if it weren't the rain and shortage of time. Next time... I will know.

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  • S.I.Natural History Museum

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is just fantastic! Plenty of exhibits to see and some short films to observe. The museum is free but some special exhibits may cost a fee. I think my favorite part was the gems and minerals. They have amassed an amazing collection of them. If you know how crystals are formed and see what they have,...

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  • Basilica of the National Shrine of the...

    5 out of 5 stars

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is a Catholic basilica located in Washington, D.C. It is one of the largest Catholic churches in the United States and one of the tallest buildings in D.C. The Church is constructed on land donated by Catholic University of America, of which yours truly is a humble student!

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  • Old Post Office Pavilion

    4 out of 5 stars

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    The Tower is closed until 2016 as the entire building is currently undergoing major renovations. The Washington Monument has opened again. We went up into the Old Post Office building tower because we had been told that the views from there were really better than those from the Washington Monument because you are lower down and can see things...

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  • The Pentagon

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    This was my last stop on the first night, and it was a rough one to get there - I ended up turning around because my GPS took me to a secure parking lot, then I made my way over to a mall parking lot, from which I had to walk through a pedestrian tunnel under the interstate in order to get to the far end of the Pentagon lot. By this time of night,...

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  • The National Museum of the American...

    4 out of 5 stars

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    This is the newest of the Smithsonian museums, opened in 2004. It celebrates the life, languages, culture and histories of the Native American peoples of the Western Hemisphere. Given that very wide focus I have to say that though the museum was very nice, it was difficult to follow in places because the focus was so very wide. Hours- 10-5:30...

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  • Kennedy Center

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    Be sure to go on the Kennedy Center webpage and be on the lookout for free things to do here. Just today the 20th of March I attended a free Concert by Punjabi MC an Indian DJ who combine hip hop with his native Indian rhythms. This was part of an 2 day explore India event. Also every September the Kennedy Center has a Open House with many free...

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  • Capitol Hill Historic District

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    Completed in the year 1800, the US Capitol in Washington is the seat of the American congress and an international symbol of democracy. Shortly after its completion, it was burned down by the British army during the War of 1812, but reconstruction began in 1815. The Capitol's distinctive dome was added in 1850, and our first stop on the tour was in...

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  • Lafayette Park

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    Lafayette Square is an urban park that lies just north of the White House. It features statues of Revolutionary War heroes at its four corners, and an equestrian statue of Marquis de Lafayette at its center. Of course, most visitors head straight to the White House once they spot it across the square, but there are also a few buildings worth seeing...

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  • Hirshhorn Museum

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    The Hirshhorn was my favorite venue in D.C. I returned there three times on three separate days. For some reason I particularly favored the works of Giacometti (1901-1966.) ALL Smithsonian museums feature FREE admission.

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  • Iwo Jima Memorial

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    The US Marine Corps War Memorial, usually referred to as the Iwo Jima Statue, is a larger than life statue inspired by the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph taken by Joe Rosenthal on February 23, 1945, of six marines hoisting an American flag on top of Mount Suribachi on the tiny island of Iwo Jima, Japan. The bronze statue sculpted by Felix de...

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  • Martin Luther King Memorial

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    The MLK Memorial was dedicated in 2011, it exemplifies the fundamental values of Dr. King during his quest for equal rights for all citizens. The centerpiece for the memorial is based on a line from King's "I Have A Dream" speech: "Out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope. The 30 feet tall relief of King named the "Stone of Hope" stands past...

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  • Freer and Sackler Art Galleries

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    The Peacock room was originally a room in the home of british shipping magnate Frederick Leyland to show off his collection of Asian pottery, mostly in blue and white. The initial design was made my Thomas Jekyll and later additions were made my James Whistler, the American painter living in England at the time. Charles Lang Freer, who later...

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  • Embassy Row

    4 out of 5 stars

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    We got our very first taste of Washington by walking up Embassy Row, and a fancy one it was! Let's just say that all of my sister's fears about Washington being a hot bed for crime quickly evaporated. Our hotel was located near Embassy Row so we thought we'd explore the area on our way to the National Cathedral by walking up Massachussets Ave. NW....

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  • Mount Vernon

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    Are you in Washington or Alexandria and want to visit Mount Vernon? Consider taking the boat! Spirit Cruises offers round-trip cruises, departing daily from Washington's Pier 4 (6th St and Water Street SW). Cruises depart daily (except Monday) from the end of March through early September, and Friday through Sunday from September through late...

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  • American Indian

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    I've watched short movies about different native Americans' communities in National Museum of the American Indian. Through stories of casual natives, I've learnt about the deliberate and often difficult choices of indigenous people made in order to survive economically. I realized how difficult it might be to save their languages from extinction,...

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  • Hillwood House Museum

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    “Since I have no son to give to the war, I will offer the Sea Cloud.” — Marjorie Merriweather Post’s reasoning for leasing her yacht to the US Navy for $1 a year in 1942 SONS AND DAUGHTERS Mrs. Post did not have a son, but she did have three daughters. A portrait of herself with Adelaide and Eleanor (see photo #1), from her first marriage to...

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