National Public Radio

Washington, DC

Fans of Morning Edition and All Things Considered can see where the magic happens at National Public Radio's ecofriendly headquarters. Hour-long tours peek into the newsroom and a high-tech production studio. The guides – usually former employees – entertain with insider stories. Reservations required. The on-site shop sells nifty gifts such as the Nina Totin' bag (named for longtime reporter Nina Totenberg).

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1. National Postal Museum

0.42 MILES

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2. Union Station

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DC's main rail hub, a 1907 beaux-arts beauty designed by Daniel Burnham, is an eye popper. The Grand Concourse is patterned after the Roman Baths of…

3. Union Station Plaza

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This grassy space with a large fountain cascade spreads in front of Union Station. The area is also known as Columbus Circle, since the fountain is a…

4. National Building Museum

0.64 MILES

Devoted to architecture and urban design, the museum is housed in a magnificent 1887 edifice modeled after the Renaissance-era Palazzo Farnese in Rome…

5. National Japanese American Memorial

0.66 MILES

Tucked back from the road and providing a peaceful sanctuary, the memorial centers on a statue of two cranes bound with barbed wire. During WWII, some 120…

7. Surratt House Site (Wok & Roll)

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Today this building is the Chinese restaurant Wok & Roll, but in 1865 it was the boarding house where Abraham Lincoln's assassins met and plotted their…

8. National Law Enforcement Museum

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