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Top Landmarks In The DC Area

May 28, 2011 8:25 AM

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Smithsonian

Smithsonian (www.si.edu)

Smithsonian

Smithsonian (www.si.edu)

Smithsonian Institute

1000 Jefferson Drive SW
Washington DC 20560
202-633-1000
si.edu

The Smithsonian Institution is just that…an institution! This DC landmark is more than just historic, it’s a staple in the nation’s capital. With 19 museums and galleries, the Smithsonian is the largest museum complex in the world. There are attractions for every age and interest, but you have to see it to experience it. Visit their website for hours, exhibit information, and more.

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington, VA 22211
703-607-8585
arlingtoncemetery.mil

While this may be a somber experience, visiting the Arlington National Cemetery is something that should be given high priority when visiting the DC area. The Arlington National Cemetery is one of only two Cemeteries in the entire country that is run by the military. Whether you’ve lost a loved one and want to pay respects, or you just want to soak up the historical feeling of walking through the grounds, the Arlington National Cemetery is definitely one of DC’s top landmarks, visited by over 4 million people each year.

U.S. Capitol Building

First Street and East Capitol St, NE
Washington DC 20002
202-226-8000
visitthecapitol.gov

The US Capitol is one of the best places in DC to see our Congress in action! Plan your visit so that you can watch the Senate and House of Representatives in session, for free. The general tour is offered six days a week, and every Thursday at 1pm you can hear stories about the Congress and the Capitol from our nation’s archivists and librarians of Congress!

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington DC 20500
202-456-1414
whitehouse.gov

The US Capitol is one of the best places in DC to see our Congress in action! Plan your visit so that you can watch the Senate and House of Representatives in session, for free. The general tour is offered six days a week, and every Thursday at 1pm you can hear stories about the Congress and the Capitol from our nation’s archivists and librarians of Congress!

National Archives

700 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington DC 20408
866-272-6272
archives.gov

The National Archives is the Nation’s record keeper – great information for any history buff! The National Archives in DC are open every day of the year, with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Tours are free and available daily, but they are popular so advanced reservations are recommended. Not only can you see the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence, but you can check out other public records like Lincoln’s telegrams or audio recordings from the Oval Office!

US Botanic Gardens

100 Maryland Ave SW
Washington DC 20024
202-225-8333
usbg.gov

The USBG is one of the largest of its kind in North America! Walk through the gardens and see not only plants native to this region, but plants from all over the world. Learn about the importance of the many varieties to our eco-system. Come during the holiday season for a special exhibit! Interactive tours are available online, but truly nothing compares to the experience of walking through them yourself.

US Holocaust Memorial Museum

100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW
Washington DC 20024
202-488-0400
ushmm.gov

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is not intended to showcase what occurred during the Holocaust, but rather it exists to encourage citizens to preserve human dignity, prevent genocide, and it stands against hatred. In less than 10 years, the museum has hosted nearly 30 million visitors from around the world. Admission is free, but some areas of the museum require passes which may be obtained (free of charge) at the museum or in advance online (limited number).

International Spy Museum

800 F St NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-654-0950
spymuseum.org

Educational and fun, the International Spy Museum is dedicated to the art of espionage, and teaches visitors about the importance of espionage in history – not just in America, but worldwide. Check out props from popular James Bond films, participate in a hands-on spy mission, or just check out all the incredible spy gadgets! Tickets prices start at $14, and tickets are available for a variety of experiences.

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