Attractions

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White House

The 'President's House', built in stages between 1792 and 1829, is an iconic, imposing building that's thrilling to see, but difficult to access. Tours must be pre-arranged: Americans must apply via one of their sta…
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Watergate Complex

Designed by Italian architect Luigi Moretti and DC-based landscape architect Boris Timchenko and constructed between 1963 and 1971, this five-building curvilinear riverfront complex encompasses apartments, fountains…
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Daughters of the American Revolution Museum

This neoclassical behemoth is supposedly the largest complex of buildings in the world owned exclusively by women. They own the entire city block! Enter from D St to reach its museum, where you'll find two galleries…
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Textile Museum

This gem is the country’s only textile museum. Galleries spread over two floors hold exquisite fabrics and carpets. Exhibits revolve around a theme – say Asian textiles depicting dragons or Kuba cloth from the Democ…
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Department of the Interior Museum

Responsible for managing the nation’s natural resources, the Department of the Interior operates this small museum to educate the public about its current goals and programs, but the major drawcard here is the build…
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Renwick Gallery

Part of the Smithsonian group, the Renwick Gallery is set in a stately 1859 mansion. Its two upstairs galleries showcase exhibits of modern and contemporary American crafts and decorative art pieces that are drawn f…
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White House Visitor Center

Getting inside the White House can be difficult, so here is your back-up plan. Housed in the splendiferous 1932 Patent Search Room of the Department of Commerce Building, this center has plenty of artifacts, anecdot…
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National Academy of Sciences

Made up of approximately 2000 members, including almost 200 Nobel Prize winners, these are the folks the government hits up for scientific advice (whether the government listens to them or not is, as you may have gu…
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State Department

The headquarters of the American diplomatic corps is a forbidding, well-guarded edifice – modernist, monolithic and unfriendly. In stark contrast are the elegant, grand diplomatic reception rooms, where Cabinet memb…
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Ellipse

The expansive, oval-shaped park on the White House's south side is known as the Ellipse. It's studded with a random collection of monuments, such as the Zero Milestone (the marker for highway distances all across th…