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  • 1 Federal Bureau of Investigation Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    E St between 9th and 10th Sts NW USA - Washington DC 20535

    See for yourself why the FBI has long been the stuff of legend in American minds. Since it started holding tours in 1937, the FBI has treated visitors to a peek at the inner workings of the agency that - under the 48-year leadership (1924-1972) of di..

  • 2 Library of Congress Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1st St. and Independence Ave. SE USA - Washington DC 20540

    A renowned Beaux-Arts landmark, the original Library of Congress is reputedly Washington's most richly ornamented building. The largest library in existence, it retains in its varied and ever-growing collections more than 18 million books, as well as..

  • 3 National Zoological Park Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    3001 Connecticut Ave. USA - Washington DC 20008

    With plants and landscaped environments an integral part of its concept, this "biopark" exhibits more than 3,600 wild animals and serves as a research institution devoted to the study, preservation and breeding of threatened species. Nearly..

  • 4 Georgetown Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - Washington DC 20007

    When Washintonians think of Georgetown, they usually think of nightlife. It's true that DC's choicest neighborhood contains more than its share of bars and clubs, but beyond the club scene there are wonderful restaurants and upscale shopping surround..

  • 5 National Museum of Natural History Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Constitution Ave. at 10th St. NW. USA - Washington DC 20560

    The National Museum of Natural History, part of the Smithsonian Institution, ranks as one of the most visited museums in the world. Two floors of exhibits and two large-format cinemas explore life on earth through clues nature has left behind-among t..

  • 6 Washington National Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Massachusetts and Wisconsin Ave. USA - Washington DC 20016

    Officially named the Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, the imposing Gothic-style edifice overlooking the city from its 57-acre site on Mount St. Alban is popularly known as the Washington Cathedral or National Cathedral. This magnificent 20..

  • 7 Supreme Court Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1st and E. Capitol Sts. NE. USA - Washington DC

    Positioned directly across the street from the Capitol, this white marble monument to the supremacy of law houses the highest court in the land. Within its walls the third branch of government exercises its mandate to protect and interpret the spirit..

  • 8 National Portrait Gallery Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    USA - Washington DC 20001

    This museum might be thought of as the nation's family album. Modeled after its namesake in London, the National Portrait Gallery conserves some 15,000 paintings sculptures, photographs, engravings and drawings of "men and women who have made si..

  • 9 Freer Gallery of Art Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Jefferson Dr. at 12th St. SW USA - Washington DC

    The Smithsonian's first museum on the Mall devoted exclusively to art, the Freer Gallery possesses an outstanding Asian collection and one of the world's largest collections of works by James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903).

  • 10 Corcoran Gallery of Art Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    17th St. and New York Ave. NW USA - Washington DC 20006

    In a city now dominated by federal museums, the Corcoran Gallery of Art can claim to be the capital's oldest institution and its most venerable private gallery. Although it houses a fine collection of European art, the Corcoran is primarily known as ..

  • 11 US Botanic Garden Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    100 Maryland Ave NE USA - Washington DC

    Situated at the foot of Capitol Hill, this lush conservatory serves as the nation's living plant museum. The first greenhouse was established in 1842 to conserve the collection of exotic specimens brought from the South Seas by a team of US explorers..

  • 12 Hillwood Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    4155 Linnean Ave. NW. USA - Washington DC 20008

    On a placid residential street above Rock Creek Park lies the 25-acre estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post (1887-1973), heiress to the Post cereals fortune. Her mansion, art collection and grounds are now open to the public and administered by a priv..

  • 13 The Phillips Collection Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    1600 21st St. NW. & Dupont Circle USA - Washington DC 20009

    On a quiet corner a few steps from the bustling shops and restaurants along Connecticut Avenue stands a small museum of great distinction. The Phillips Collection, the nation's first museum of modern art, exhibits outstanding works by prominent Ameri..

  • 14 Foggy Bottom Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - Washington DC 20005

    Once industrialized riverfront, this bottomland laying west of the White House was transformed after World War II into an administrative quarter. Today it houses private institutions, government departments, a celebrated performing arts complex and t..

  • 15 Diplomatic Reception Rooms Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    23rd St. between C and D Sts. NW USA - Washington DC 20520

    Housed in an undistinguished 1960s government office building, these reception rooms have been transformed into architectural masterpieces of 18C interior design. They are furnished with one of the most impressive collections of American decorative a..

  • 16 US Holocaust Memorial Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    USA - Washington DC

    A deeply moving, wholly absorbing history lesson awaits visitors to this large museum-research complex, conceived "to commemorate the dead and to educate the living." Occupying nearly 2 acres of land adjacent to the Bureau of Engraving and ..

  • 17 Downtown Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - Washington DC 20005

    Traditionally the commercial heart of Washington, Downtown reflects the flavor of the city's past and present. Large office buildings and retail complexes tower above 19C shopfronts, and the process of revitalization is apparent everywhere. Sights co..

  • 18 National Museum of African Art Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    USA - Washington DC

    Originally located in a row of Capitol Hill town houses, the National Museum of African Art today occupies more spacious quarters in the underground Smithsonian Quadrangle complex. Devoted to the research, acquisition and display of traditional Afric..

  • 19 National Archives Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Constitution Ave. USA - Washington DC

    Classical Revival "temple" just off the Mall holds the nation's documentary treasures, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

  • 20 National Museum of American History Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Constitution Ave. USA - Washington DC

    The repository for such popular national icons as the Star-Spangled Banner, Archie Bunker's chair and various First Ladies' gowns, this unique museum captures the essence of America by presenting the objects and ideas that have figured prominently in..

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