National Archives

Top choice landmark in Downtown & Penn Quarter

It's hard not to feel a little in awe of the big three documents in the Archives: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, plus a copy of Magna Carta. Taken together, it becomes clear just how radical the American experiment was. The archival bric-a-brac of the Public Vaults makes a flashy rejoinder to the main exhibit. In spring and summer, you can reserve tickets (www.recreation.gov) for $1.50 and use the fast-track entrance on Constitution Ave.

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