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Best of Washington DC

Best of Washington DC
Best of Washington DC

© Fernando Revilla

Any "best in" section is by nature incomplete. How could we include all that is "best" about DC when there is so very much? So here's a round-up of the current greatest, but beware that our list of the best is inherently in flux.

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Capitol Building
  • Capitol Building
  • The majestic dome and Rotunda marking the heart of the U.S. Capitol Building not only symbolize the power of the legislative branch of the greatest democracy in the world, but also determine the...
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Library of Congress
  • Library of Congress
  • Established in 1800 through an act of Congress, the Library of Congress originally held 3,000 volumes, and today it is the largest library in the world with more than 138 million items, and increasing by 10,000 more daily.
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Lincoln Memorial
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • In 1922, a racially segregated audience watched President Warren G. Harding preside over the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial, a structure that celebrates President Abraham Lincoln's dexterous preservation of the Union and principled commitment to abolishing slavery.
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Mount Vernon Estate
  • Mount Vernon Estate
  • Mount Vernon Estate is the family home of the nation's first president George Washington. Located along the shores of the Potomac River in Virginia, the grounds and home have been lovingly...
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Museum of Natural History
  • Museum of Natural History
  • When the current Natural History Museum building opened in 1910, a Triceratops skeleton rode a horse-drawn cart to its new home, along with approximately 10 million other objects.
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National Air and Space Museum
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • The Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum is a goldmine for aviation enthusiasts, maintaining the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world, including some of the most famous artifacts of all time: the Wright Brothers' Flyer, Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St.
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National Zoological Park
  • National Zoological Park
  • Orangutans nonchalantly drape themselves across cables 45 feet above the heads of passersby, taking a break as they traverse the O-Line – an orangutan transit system that connects the Great Ape House to the Think Tank at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park.
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Paddle Boating on the Tidal Basin
  • Paddle Boating on the Tidal Basin
  • You can view the Jefferson Memorial and other monuments from the water at the Tidal Basin by renting a Tidal Basin Paddle Boat. If the season is right, you might catch some cherry trees in bloom (late March/early April) during the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
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Smithsonian Institution Building
Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court
  • Arising out of the despair of the Great Depression in 1935, the gleaming white Supreme Court building was heralded by many as a beacon of hope for a floundering nation.
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Washington Monument
  • Washington Monument
  • The Washington Monument is a 555-ft. marble obelisk that stands as a sentinel and memorial to the nation's first president. It is the most prominent landmark in Washington DC, and anchors the National Mall.
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White House
  • White House
  • The White House, while planned by President George Washington and city architect Pierre l'Enfant, was never lived in by Washington, but has housed every single U.S. president since his successor John Adams moved in 1801.
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