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  • 1 C&O Canal Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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..

  • 2 Smith Row Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    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.

  • 3 Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    17th and G Sts. NW

    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..

  • 4 Folger Shakespeare Library Interesting

    Museums and art

    201 E. Capitol St. SE

    The world's largest collection of Shakespeare's works is conserved behind this Art Deco exterior. Renowned as a research institution, the Folger also encourages a larger public appreciation of the traditions of Elizabethan England and the Renaissance..

  • 5 Cox Row Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    3327-3339 N St. NW

    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..

  • 6 Daughters of the American Revolution Interesting

    Museums and art

    17th and D Sts. NW.

    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..

  • 7 The Kreeger Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    2401 Foxhall Rd. NW.

    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..

  • 8 The Octagon Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1799 New York Ave. NW

    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,..

  • 9 National Postal Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    2 Massachusetts Ave NE

    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..

  • 10 Smithsonian American Art Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    F St NW

    Housed in the landmark Old Patent Office Building, this museum contains the country's oldest federal collections of art. Its holdings run the gamut of American art from early-18C portraiture and 19C landscapes to the free-form sculpture and large, ab..

  • 11 Renwick Gallery Interesting

    Museums and art

    1661 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

    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..

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

    Museums and art

    2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW

    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..

  • 13 Decatur House Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1610 H Street NW

    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..

  • 14 Smithsonian Quadrangle Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1000 Independence Ave. SW

    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..

  • 15 The Textile Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    2320 S St NW

    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..

  • 16 Tudor Place Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1644 31st St. NW

    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..

  • 17 Union Station Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    50 Massachusetts Ave. NE.

    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..

  • 18 Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Interesting

    Museums and art

    1411 W St. SE.

    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..

  • 19 Dupont Circle Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    New Hampshire Ave NW

    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..

  • 20 National Museum of Women in the Arts Interesting

    Museums and art

    1250 New York Ave NW

    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..

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