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

    I did think we could see it much more closer, even though I heard they wont let you in anymore. But the barriers were even more far than usually (what we´ve seen from tv etc) and there was many people with huge cameras and lots of security people all around, men with huge guns at the top of the building. Then I saw through my camera lense, that...

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  • Washington Monument

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    The Washington Monument probably would have rated as my favorite had our view from the top not been fogged in (be aware of sky conditions before you ride the elevator up). Before I met my wife she took a trip with her family to D.C. and was able to go up to the top at dusk, just as the city was aglow with lights!

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  • U.S. Capitol Building

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    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

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    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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  • The National Mall

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    Surrounding and within close proximity to the central green space known as the National Mall, are many of the numerous free historic sites and monuments for which D.C. is famous. The White House and its lawn anchor the northernmost end of the Mall, the aforementioned U.S. Capitol building anchors the far east end, the Jefferson Memorial anchors the...

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  • Korean War Veterans Memorial

    5 out of 5 stars

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    When we saw some photos of this memorial, we thought this is the most impressive one we´ve seen. So we walked this side of the mall to go and see it in good time. And it was really impressive in deed! You could allmost feel like the figures are real, and you are watching their faces in real situation. Only the bus parking backround and groups of...

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  • Arlington National Cemetery - House

    5 out of 5 stars

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    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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  • 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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  • National Archives

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    Visit here mainly to pass through The Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom, which contains The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, The Bill of Rights, and other historic documents. There are other exhibit rooms with a variety of themes represented and the displays change periodically. This is one D.C. venue that frequently has long...

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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. Shell I tell them the truth?). But the rain... I couldn't see much!

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  • Ford's Theatre - Petersen House

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Union Station

    4 out of 5 stars

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    If you don't arrive in Washington by train, you should definitely make your way down to Union Station. It's a grand building, designed by the great Daniel Burnham, the architect behind New York's Flatiron Building and the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. It's an awe inspiring structure, competing with the likes of Grand Central Terminal in...

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  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial

    5 out of 5 stars

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    When you come to Washington DC, a large portion of your time will likely be taken up with visiting the National Mall, with its Monuments and Memorials. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is quite stirring - a long, black wall, into which the names of the Vietnam war dead are etched in chronological order, according to the date of casualty, and then...

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  • Library Of Congress

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    The Library of Congress is the library of the American people. It ranks alongside the British Library in London as the biggest in the world, with over 150 million items in its collection. While the general public can't borrow books from the library, it has become the de facto national library, promoting literacy and American literature throughout...

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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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  • S.I. National Air and Space Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    This was the big one. I've visited air museums around the world, including one in Belgrade that hosted the only stealth fighter ever to be shot down and the Israeli Air Force museum in the middle of the Negev desert. This was the one I'd always wanted to see. The US invented the airplane and landed a man on the moon, and so the museum hosts some...

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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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  • S.I.Natural History Museum

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    The Natural History Museum is a favorite of my wife and I. I enjoy the dinosaurs and the marine exhibits while she enjoys the Earth Science exhibits of rocks and Minerals in particular that large rock called the Hope Diamond. I think this is a great museum for kids as well since what kid doesn't like looking at Dinosaur bones. We recently visited...

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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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  • International Spy Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    A fun museum. I was unfortunately harried for time, but I still had a very adventurous experience. sadly I didn't have time to explore the museum itself, which is half the enjoyment, but I DID get to participate in "Operation Spy," which is quite a lark. I highly recommend this experience, but make sure you allot 2-3 hours for it to savor it most...

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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. 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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  • U.S. Supreme Court

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    Even though it was much longer walk from White house than it looked from the map, and we had not eaten anything, and were in little bit hurry, I wanted to go and see the place. I don´t look some many movies and not so many "law and order" -type of tv-series, but at least I had seen it on the news, when something big has been nappening and told in...

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  • Old Post Office Pavilion

    4 out of 5 stars

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    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 better. It is the third highest building in D.C. Built in 1899, the Old Post Office's clock tower houses the Congress Bells, a Bicentennial...

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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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  • National Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    One day we drove to the northwestern part of the city, where we toured the National Cathedral. Designed much like the older cathedrals of Europe, the cathedral features intricate stained-glass windows and offers a skyline view of Central Washington from its tower.

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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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  • Smithsonian Museums

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    Definitely don't miss this one! The Smithsonian Institution is truly amazing, and with so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to know which ones you most want to visit during your time in Washington, D.C. When I went, my friends and I went to the Air and Space Museum, the Art museum, spent almost a whole day at the Natural History...

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  • Georgetown

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    It was quite amazing to see this big monument since it has been seen in so many movies, documents and such. But it seemed to be even bigger thing to Americans, who are really patriotic in our eyes. Of course we Finns do love our homeland, but it is something so different in USA, that it is allmost strange to us, But to those people this kind of...

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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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  • Iwo Jima Memorial

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    Across from Arlington National Cemetery, in an area of riverfront parklands, stands the impressive Iwo Jima Memorial statue. We did stop over to see this depiction of American soldiers working together to victoriously plant the Stars and Stripes, as originally captured in a famous World War II photograph. I was surprised by the sheer size of the...

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  • Capitol Hill Historic District

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    Another well know, iconic building of our government...here are my interesting facts about Capitol HIll 1. The Capitol has its own subway. And I bet it doesn't smell like subways usually smell. 2. The statue that sits atop the dome is called the Statue of Freedom. This 130 year old statue is 19 1/2 feet tall and weighs 15,000 pounds. 3. Often...

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  • Lafayette Park

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    Lafayette Square is in downtown Washington DC directly across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House. In 1824 it was named for the Marquis de Lafayette, the French noble who was a hero in the American Revolutionary War. Today, it is considered part of President's Park, the National Park Unit that includes the Ellipse to the south of the White...

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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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  • National Arboretum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    One of the more unexpected areas of the Arboretum is the grouping of 22 sandstone columns standing in an open field. Prior to their life in this field, the columns supported the dome of the National Capitol building, but were replaced in the mid 20th century. The columns were added to the Arboretum landscape around 10 years ago. A reflecting pool...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Martin Luther King Memorial

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Washington D.C. Things to Do

    Another of the newer monuments - this one has an impressive stone carving of Dr. King as he looks out towards the Jefferson Memorial. Surrounding him are walls adorned with some of his most famous quotes. Entering the memorial from the north, you pass through the "mountain of despair" on your way to see "the stone of hope." I found the memorial to...

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