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  • 1 National Zoological Park Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    3001 Connecticut Ave NW USA - Washington, DC 20008

    With plants and landscaped environments an integral part of its concept, this "biopark" exhibits more than 2,000 wild animals and serves as a research institution devoted to the study, preservation and breeding of threatened species. Nearly..

  • 2 Georgetown Interesting

    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..

  • 3 Washington National Cathedral Interesting

    Religious buildings

    3101 Wisconsin Ave NW 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..

  • 4 Smithsonian Quadrangle Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1000 Independence Ave. SW USA - Washington, DC

    Topped by a street-level garden, this handsome underground complex occupies a prime site in the shadow of the venerable Castle building. Opened in September 1987, the quadrangle comprises two Smithsonian museums-the National Museum of African Art and..

  • 5 Supreme Court Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1 1st 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..

  • 6 Corcoran Gallery of Art Interesting

    Museums and art

    500 17th St. NW USA - Washington, DC 20006

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

  • 7 Textile Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    701 21st St. NW USA - Washington, DC 20008

    Founded in 1925 by George Hewitt Myers, this small private museum occupies a pair of elegant town houses built by two renowned Washington architects, John Russell Pope and Waddy B. Wood. The museum focuses on the collection, study and preservation of..

  • 8 Tudor Place Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1644 31st St. NW USA - Washington, DC

    The landmark mansion and stately grounds of Tudor Place have dominated this block of Georgetown for some 180 years. Home to the prominent Peter family for six generations, the estate now functions as a house museum and a monument to old Washington tr..

  • 9 Union Station Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    50 Massachusetts Ave. NE. USA - Washington, DC 20002

    Located north of the Capitol, this monumental granite building has long served as the hub of the city's rail travel. It is a formidable embodiment of the oft-quoted premise of its architect Daniel H. Burnham: "Make no little plans." The sta..

  • 10 United States Botanic Garden Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    100 Maryland Ave SW 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..

  • 11 Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Interesting

    Museums and art

    1411 W St. SE. USA - Washington, DC 20020

    Known as Cedar Hill, this quaint Victorian house was the last residence of black statesman, orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. The estate tops a grassy, shaded knoll overlooking the Anacostia River and the Mall area beyond, and serves as a p..

  • 12 Foggy Bottom Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - Washington, DC 20005

    Once industrialized riverfront, this bottomland west of the White House was transformed after World War II into an administrative quarter. George Washington University, the Watergate complex and the John F. Kennedy Center or the Performing Arts are a..

  • 13 Embassy Row Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Massachusetts Ave USA - Washington, DC 20008

    Embassy Row is the popular name of the two-mile portion of Massachusetts Avenue between Scott Circle and Observatory Circle where some 50 diplomatic missions are concentrated. The buildings housing the chanceries (the embassies proper) and the ambass..

  • 14 Dupont Circle Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    New Hampshire Ave NW USA - Washington, DC 20036

    At the beginning of the 20C, this neighborhood was the preferred address of Washington's moneyed elite. Back in vogue, the Dupont Circle area today boasts many of the city's finest boutiques, galleries, restaurants and cafes. The Tax Reform Act of 19..

  • 15 National Museum of Women in the Arts Interesting

    Museums and art

    1250 New York Ave NW USA - Washington, DC 20005

    Behind this Beaux-Arts exterior is the world's only major museum devoted exclusively to the works of women artists. The 2,700-piece permanent collection includes works from the 16C to the present, covering every medium from native American pottery to..

  • 16 N Street Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    N ST NW USA - Washington, DC 20007

    This handsome street contains some of the finest Federal-style architecture in the city. The elegant brick residence at no. 2812 was built in the early 19C. Susan Decatur is said to have lived here after her departure from Decatur House on Lafayette ..

  • 17 Bureau of Engraving and Printing Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    301 14th St. SW USA - Washington, DC 20228

    This nondescript 20C building at the foot of the 14th Street Bridge calls itself, justifiably, "the nation's money factory." Here, paper currency and many of the official documents issued by the US government are produced. Guided tours expl..

  • 18 Dumbarton House

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    2715 Q St. NW USA - Washington, DC 20007

    This brick Federal-style house is a fine example of the imposing residential architecture that predominated in upper Georgetown during the community's golden age. Today it serves as a house museum and the headquarters of a national women's organizati..

  • 19 Dumbarton United Methodist Church

    Religious buildings

    3133 Dumbarton Ave. USA - Washington, DC

    The yellow-brick Dumbarton United Methodist Church was constructed in 1894 in the Romanesque Revival style. During the Civil War the church was used as a hospital, and poet Walt Whitman, serving as a nurse, ministered to the Union wounded here.The cu..

  • 20 Eisenhower Executive Office Building

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1650 Pennsylvania Ave NW (à droite de la West Wing de la Maison-Blanche) USA - Washington, DC 20500

    The massive granite pile that rises like a tiered wedding cake to the west of the White House is one of Washington's foremost architectural treasures. Having survived years of derision and neglect, it has been restored to its former grandeur and hous..

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