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  • 1 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..

  • 2 United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW 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 ..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 National Museum of African Art Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    950 Independence Ave SW 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..

  • 5 National Museum of American History Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    14th St and Constitution Ave N 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..

  • 6 National World War II Memorial Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    1750 Independence Ave SW USA - Washington, DC 20004

    Located near the Reflecting Pool on the east-west axis between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, the newly completed National World War II Memorial was dedicated on Memorial Day 2004. Encompassing 7.4 acres, the memorial pays homage t..

  • 7 White House Area Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - Washington, DC 20500

    Inspired by the stately presence of the Executive Mansion, this area maintains a decorous gentility, with manicured parks, elegant row houses and grandly conceived public structures. Lafayette Square, a 7-acre public park, lies just to the north of t..

  • 8 Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    USA - Washington, DC 20007

    Georgetown is the terminus for the old Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, which runs 185 miles through 75 lift locks to Cumberland, Maryland. In 1971 the entire canal was designated a National Historic Park. At lift lock no. 3, a bust of Supreme Court Justic..

  • 9 Washington Monument Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    2 15th St. NW USA - Washington, DC 20001

    The capital's most conspicuous landmark, and the world's tallest freestanding stone structure, this austere white marble obelisk rises from a knoll in the middle of the Mall. Though it took nearly four decades to complete, the monument, ringed by US ..

  • 10 Smith Row Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Between 3255 & 3267 O St. USA - Washington, DC 20007

    This unbroken, manicured block of Federal row houses extends from no. 3267 to no. 3255. Their exteriors have been little altered since they were built by Clement and Walter Smith in 1815.

  • 11 International Spy Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    800 F St NW USA - Washington, DC 20004

    Located across the street from the National Portrait Gallery, the Spy Museum complex of historic 19C buildings houses the world's largest collection of international espionage artifacts on display to the public. Begin your adventure on the third floo..

  • 12 Cox Row Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    3327-3339 O St. NW USA - Washington, DC 20007

    This handsome group of five Federal houses, adorned with swags and high, graceful dormers, was built in 1805 by Col. John Cox. Georgetown's first mayor elected by popular vote, Cox held that office for 22 years (1823-45). No. 3339 was Cox's residence..

  • 13 Daughters of the American Revolution Interesting

    Museums and art

    17th and D Sts. NW. USA - Washington, DC 20006

    This stately complex occupies an entire city block and is reputedly the world's largest group of structures owned and maintained exclusively by women. The national headquarters of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), it houses an extensive..

  • 14 Kreeger Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    2401 Foxhall Rd. NW USA - Washington, DC 20007

    Ensconced behind a high wall in a well-to-do neighborhood, this unadorned post-Modern mansion (1967, Philip Johnson) contains the formidable art collection of former residents David and Carmen Kreeger. Rife with 19C and 20C European paintings by reno..

  • 15 The Octagon Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1799 New York Ave. NW USA - Washington, DC 20006

    Now owned by the American Arcfhitecural Foundation, The Octagon ranks as the oldest museum in the US dedicated to architecture and design, and one of America's best examples of Federal-period architecture. The house was built by Dr. William Thornton,..

  • 16 National Postal Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    2 Massachusetts Ave NE USA - Washington, DC 20002

    Occupying part of the ground floor of the stately Beaux-Arts City Post Office Building next to Union Station, this Smithsonian Institution museum houses the world's largest philatelic collection and chronicles America's mail service from colonial tim..

  • 17 Renwick Gallery Interesting

    Museums and art

    1661 Pennsylvania Avenue NW USA - Washington, DC 20006

    The earliest major example of the Second Empire style in America and an embodiment of Victorian tastes, this ornate brick building adds a touch of quiet elegance to the bustling corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 17th Street. Inside, its galleries hig..

  • 18 Society of the Cincinnati Museum (Anderson House) Interesting

    Museums and art

    2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW USA - Washington, DC

    This distinguished edifice is the headquarters of the venerable Society of the Cincinnati. A bastion of tradition, the society displays an impressive collection of Revolutionary artifacts and preserves its opulent building as a house museum reflectin..

  • 19 Library of Congress Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    101 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 20 million books, as well as..

  • 20 Decatur House Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1610 H Street NW USA - Washington, DC 20006

    For almost a century and a half, this sedate brick town house on the northwest edge of Lafayette Square figured prominently in the social and political life of Washington. The first home built on the square and the last to remain in private ownership..

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