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  • Smithsonian InstitutionAttractions » Zoos & Aquariums1100 Jefferson Drive SW, 20013The Smithsonian Institution is a collection of 19 museums located in Washington, D.C. It is also home to nine centers developed to research, as well as an award-winning zoo. There are also museums under the direction of the Smithsonian Institution located in Virginia, Maryland, New York City and Arizona. Roughly 30 million people visit the various museums every year. There is no admittance fee. The Institution receives its funding from a variety of sources, including private and corporate donations and its own endowment fund. It holds almost 137 million items, including the Hope Diamond and the ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in 1939's 'The Wizard of Oz.' One of the Institution's most popular museum is the National Air and Space Museum, which currently holds the Wright Brother's Flyer, Charles Lindbergh's 'Spirit of St. Louis' aircraft as well as the command module from NASA's Apollo 11 mission.
  • National Portrait GalleryAttractions » MuseumsF Street NW, 20560The National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC is part of the Smithsonian Institute in the heart of the city. Most of the Smithsonian is found on or near the National Mall. The historic gallery is housed in an impressive building that was once the old Patent Office. The building's front is styled after the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. The gallery includes famous paintings of the presidents as well as portraits of other people prominent in United States' history. The facility also showcases collections of American art including breathtaking Native American art and other well-loved masterpieces. The building also features an enclosed courtyard that is a quiet retreat from the busy city outside. The National Portrait Gallery is free and open to visitors who tour the building at their own peace.
  • Jefferson MemorialAttractions » Historic LandmarksSouth of the Washington Monument on Ohio Dr, 20242The Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C. was dedicated to the statesman, visionary, and founding father of our great nation. This presidential monument stands as part of the National Mall along the tidal basin of the Potomac River and offers views many other historic sites in our nation's capitol. The Jefferson Memorial is open to visitors 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Rangers are available to answer questions and provide insights on the memorial daily from 9:30 am to 11:30 pm and offer informative presentations every hour on the hour from 10:00 am until 11:00 pm. Visiting the Jefferson Memorial is free, however, special events and programs can be arranged with the park service. Visitors wishing to have a special event at the monument may be required to purchase a permit and advanced reservations may be needed. Contact the national park service for more information regarding special events and permit requirements.
  • Washington National CathedralAttractions » Historic LandmarksMassachusetts and Wisconsin Aves NWView siteThe Washington National Cathedral, located on Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues, is known as the spiritual home of our nation. Open to all who wish to worship, it is a must-see for any tourist in the D.C. area. Open Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m.-5p.m. for services, tours are also available mornings and afternoons each day except Sunday, when it's afternoons only. The Cathedral is considered a national treasure and an inspiring piece of architecture made to stun with its beauty. Inside the cathedral are exhibits and artwork that describe the story of faith in America. Outside the building are beautiful gardens, and high above gargoyles peer down from the city's highest point. People from all over the world come to worship, attend concerts and educational programs, or simply as a pilgrimage to fulfill a yearning to grow spiritually and personally.
  • National World War II MemorialAttractions » Historic Landmarks17th StreetView siteFirst opened in 2004, the National World War II Memorial is located in Washington, D.C. halfway between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. Architect Friedrich St. Florian deigned the memorial as a sunken plaza encircled by 56 17-foot-high pillars. Each pillar represents one of the country's states and territories during the war. Visitors enter the memorial through two huge arches that represent the war's two fronts. The interior Freedom Wall is bedecked with 4,000 gold stars that each stand for 100 Americans that were killed during the war. At the center of the memorial is a sculpture and two fountains that spew water over 30 feet into the air. Visitors can explore the site 24 hours a day for free.
  • National Air and Space MuseumAttractions » MuseumsSixth and Independence Ave, SW, 20560View siteThe National Air and Space Museum is located at 600 Independence Avenue Southwest Washington, DC. The operating hours are 10am to 530pm. The admission cost is free. The museum does not provide parking, but there is public parking lots near by and fees varies. The museum is wheelchair access and all visitors will be screened. The museum has a huge collection of rare and historical aircraft. There are many displays through out the museum such as 1903 Wright Flyer, 1909 Wright Military Flyer, and Aerobee 150 Rocket to name a few. The museum offers theater shows at varies times. The admission to theater for adults is $9.00 and for feature film is $15.00, for seniors ages 60 years old and older $8.00, and for a feature film is $14.00. The admission for youth ages 2 to 12 years old is $7.50 and for a feature is $13.50. The National Air and Space Museum is an event that all of the family can enjoy.
  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural HistoryAttractions » Museums10th Street and Constitution Ave, 20560View siteThe Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is an exposition located in Washington D.C. on the National Mall. Opened in 1910, the museum is home to over 100 million specimens of rock, plant, animal, fossils, minerals, meteorites, and human artifacts. The museum was opened in 1848 as part of the Smithsonian Institute, and currently has over 300,000 square feet of exhibit space. The Smithsonian paints a vivid picture of earth and its evolution. Nearly 200 natural history scientists work at the Smithsonian to study and preserve natural history. An IMAX Theater and Discovery Room is located on the first floor. An Urban Bird Habitat Garden showcases bird species native to the area. Popular displays include the vast dinosaur skeletons, natural gems and minerals, early man artifacts, insect zoo, and the coral reef.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National MemorialAttractions » Historic Landmarks1964 Independence Ave, SW, 20024View siteThe Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C. features a granite statue of Dr. King that stands 30ft tall. The statue sits on four acres in the northwest corner of the Tidal Basin and is the first non-president to be honored at the National Mall. Nestled amoung Cherry Blossom trees, the MLK Memorial is between two presidents, marking the significance of the location. The idea for the project began in 1984 by members of Dr. King's fraternity. A foundation was established to raise the funds needed for the project. In 2007, work on the sculptor began. The Dedication Ceremony was held on October 16th, 2011, which was the 48th anniversary of the speech, "I Have a Dream." Public transporation is recommended as parking is very limited. National Mall Tour Buses leave from Union Station and travel to and from the Memorial. The Washington Metrorail travels throughout Washington, D.C.
  • National Gallery of ArtAttractions » MuseumsWest Building, 20565The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC is located at 4th & Constitution Ave NW Washington, DC. this is one art gallery that is treasured and talked about through out the country. The admission is always free. The gallery offers many exhibits that everyone in the family can enjoy. Some of the permanent exhibits are National Gallery of Art: Recent Acquisitions,Henri Matisse, Cutouts, and Roxy Paine: Graft to name a few. There is a National Gallery of Art Shop in which you can purchase items for you memories such as dvd, books, key rings, mugs, scarves, and t-shirts to name a few. They also offer audio tours, gallery talks, film tours, lectures, teen programs, and visitors guides to name a few. If you are in the Washington, DC area and are looking for a fun, exciting, and free event then you need search no further the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC will sure spark your imagination.
  • Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting PoolAttractions » Historic LandmarksNational Mall, 20242View siteVisitors to the Lincoln Memorial will be in awe at the 60x74x60 foot statue of the 16th president as he sits looking down the national mall over the reflecting pool. You will have a spectacular view of the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol building standing on the steps of this splendid structure. Go inside this Greek-like structure of marble and see large sculpted excerpts from his famous Gettysburg Address and his second inaugural address on the walls. The 36 columns represent the number of states in the union at the time of his death. It was also the sight of the 1963 March on Washington where Dr. King gave his "I Have A Dream" speech. Admission is free.
  • Ford's TheatreAttractions » Theaters, Shows & Events511 10th St NW, 20004View siteFord's Theatre is located in downtown Washington D.C. at 511 10th St N.W. In itself, Ford's Theatre is a historical landmark. This piece of history has shows and plays that are educational and about early American history. There are many ways to visit the theatre. You may just purchase tickets to a play or show, or you may want to have one of the daytime tours that are very popular. You can see the museum, the theatre, the Petersen House where Abraham Lincoln died, and the Center for Education and Leadership. There are a wide array of choices in tours of this historical site. Prices vary, and you can get tickets from Ticketmaster or straight from the theatre itself. While you are in Washington D.C., you will find Ford's a great attraction to see.
  • The U.S. National ArchivesAttractions » Museums700 Pennsylvania Avenue, 20408View siteThe US National Archives in Washington DC are the holding place for the most significant historical records of the United States Federal Government. The collection holds only 1% to 3% of all national records from Federal Government business deemed appropriate for saving. Documentation from the Archives include military personnel records, immigration records, historical documents like the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, even things from historical events such as the purchases of Alaska and the Louisiana territory. Anyone can go to see the archives but its most popular visitors are researchers and genealogists. It's free to visit the National Archives during regular hours although the archives are closed on Sundays and on Federal Holidays throughout the years. Anyone hungry while there can grab a bite to eat from the Charters Cafe located on the first floor of the building or vending machines in the basement.
  • National Museum of American HistoryAttractions » MuseumsConstitution Ave NW, 20560View siteLocated at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the National Museum of American History is a part of the Smithsonian Institution. Opened in 1964 under a different name, the National Museum of American History was renamed in 1980. Both Archie Bunker's chair and the actual original Star-Spangled Banner are on display in the museum, and the attraction is dedicated to preserving and displaying the rich heritage of the United States of America in all different ways, including military history, politics, science, social studies, culture and more. Those who want to visit the museum can do so free of charge, and it is open every day of the year except for Christmas Day. Along with displaying the country's rich and unique heritage, the museum also includes two cafes, several gift shops and a few attractions for those who visit.
  • U.S. CapitolAttractions » Historic LandmarksUS Capitol Visitor Center, 20515View site The US Capitol is one of the most historical buildings in Washington DC. It is located at the center of the city and sits atop Capitol Hill. It is home to the Senate and the House of Representatives. Visitors can take advantage of free tours during normal business hours on Monday through Saturday. The Visitors Center houses some of the most historical documents and artifacts instrumental to US history. Tourists can find souvenirs in one of two gift shops and dine in the public restaurant. Visitors can access the Washington Capitol via shuttle, bus or subway. Travel by car is not recommended as public parking is not available in the immediate vicinity. Those who visit the US Capitol should also be mindful of security protocols and prohibited items. Some prohibited items include liquids and oversized bags. A brief Internet search can provide a list of items not permitted on tours within the Capitol building.
  • Washington MonumentAttractions » Historic LandmarksDirectly south of the White House, 20013 The Washington Monument sits 555 feet above the streets of Washington DC and can be seen from all points throughout the city. It was built in honor of George Washington and can be visited throughout the year. The grounds are home to many events throughout the year and are most noted for the flags that circle the perimeter. Tour hours vary depending upon the time of year and start in waiting areas outside the building. As guests enter, elevators ascend to the 500 foot level where visitors can view the city through one of eight observation windows. Tourists also have an opportunity to visit the Monument gift shop located near the top of the edifice. Elevator rides are nearly two minutes and are convenient for those who require wheelchair assistance. Guests should also note there are no bathrooms within the facility and should plan accordingly. Tickets are free and can be acquired through various Internet resources.
  • NewseumAttractions » Museums555 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, 20001View siteThe Newseum in Washington D.C. is the most interactive museum you will find in the District of Columbia. It has thirteen permanent major galleries and has many traveling exhibits. This museum is geared towards visitors learning how the news used to be delivered from radio and print now on television and the internet. See how technology over the years have changed the news. Enjoy the NBC News Interactive Newsroom and participate in an anchor or photographer position. There is a gallery for 9/11 and how it was featured throughout the world. Admission to the Newseum Adults 19-64 $21.95 plus tax Seniors (65+), military and students with Valid ID $17.95 plus tax Youths (7-18 years old) $12.95 plus tax Children (6 and under) free No onsite parking, garages are available or public transportation.
  • National Zoological ParkAttractions » Zoos & Aquariums3000 Block of Connecticut Ave, 20008View siteIf you find yourself in Washington D.C. this year and you love animals, be sure to visit National Zoological Park. National Zoological Park features a large number of exhibits to ensure that nearly every visitor's favorite animal can be seen up-close. The park's multi-sensory exhibits recreate the smells, sounds and visuals of a wide range of animals' habitats. One specific exhibit is about the seals, sea lions and pelicans of California's central coast. Another is centered around Asian elephants and presents in vivid detail the habitats they live in and the dangers they face. Lion and Tiger Hill and Cheetah Conservation Station are zones where one can see great cats at rest and play. In addition, The National Zoological Park has special events year round and even frequently hosts birthday parties for local residents. Admission is absolutely free, so be sure to stop by and explore this fantastic park soon.
  • Korean War Veterans MemorialAttractions » Historic LandmarksIndependence Ave, 20001The Korean War Veterans Memorial is a memorial to the veterans who served and lived and died in the Korean War which lasted from 1951 to 1953. The memorial also honors the veterans from other nations who served in combat beside the United States as allies. The memorial is located on the National Mall south of the reflecting pool in Washington DC featuring a great number of bronze statues of soldiers which are personifying of the veterans of that era. Each of the statues is unique to itself and reflects off the black granite wall on the right side of the memorial. Some have described the Korean War Veterans Memorial as a haunting reminder of those 50,000 soldiers who were lost in that awful war but also as a fitting memorial to all who lived and died while serving their country in a foreign land they never knew before.
  • White HouseAttractions » Historic Landmarks1600 Pennsylvania Ave, 20500The White House is a large house and building where the President, the Vice President, the First Lady and their staffs work. It is located in Washington, DC and the President has a residence there where he lives with his family. The public can tour parts of this historic building free of charge. However, all interested parties need to request a tour through their Congressperson at least three weeks before they want to go on a tour. This is due to security concerns. People are not allowed to take pictures or videos while touring the location and parents cannot bring strollers or diaper bags. The White House has many great paintings of past presidents, photo collections, bedrooms and other exhibits for people to look at as they go on the self-directed tour. It allows people to really get a sense of the vast history of the United States.
  • Vietnam Veterans MemorialAttractions » Historic LandmarksJust across from the Lincoln Memorial, 20242The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is one of the most popular attractions in Washington, DC. Located on the far west end of the National Mall between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was designed to pay tribute to the over 58,000 servicemen and women who died in the Vietnam War, or who remain missing from that conflict. Their names are inscribed on two long black granite walls in chronological order of death or of being declared officially missing. There is no cost to visit the Vietnam Memorial Wall or the other components of the memorial which surround it. If you are looking for a particular name, however, it is helpful to take a tour which offers a guide to help you locate your loved one. There are several trolley and bus tours available with websites which list prices and other information. If you just want to go on your own, the National Mall is located between Independence Avenue and Constitution Avenue, and the closest subway stop is Arlington Cemetery.
  • International Spy MuseumAttractions » Museums800 F Street NW, 20004The International Spy Museum located in Washington DC showcases the history and answers the fascination the world has with spies everywhere. The museum was established in 2002 and is currently the only museum within the United States to focus solely on the art of spying and intelligence, the world's most secret profession. Although it is not the only spy museum in the world, the International Spy Museum is the only which focuses on its subject matter from a global lens with no regard to nationhood, politics, or a specific time frame. No other place features as many spy and secret intelligence artifacts from around the world into one exhibit. Visitors can explore exhibits and galleries across two floors which trace espionage from ancient civilizations clear up to the present day. The museum recommends that visitors over the age of 12 are likely to get the most out of the experience.
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt MemorialAttractions » Historic LandmarksOff West Basin Drive, 20003View siteTHe Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is one of the most popular attractions in Washington, D.C. The free, park-like memorial spans more than seven acres includes four open-air galleries dedicated to the president's three terms. Visitors can also explore ten bronze sculptures of the president and the First Wife, Eleanor Roosevelt. Among the statues are stones engraved with quotations on subjects like World War II and the Great Depression, and the many nearby waterfalls give the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial a tranquil atmosphere. The memorial is also wheelchair accessible, and FDR himself was confined to a wheelchair due to polio. Open 24 hours a day, a ranger is on site to answer questions from 9:30 am to 11:30 pm.
  • National Museum of Crime & PunishmentAttractions » Museums575 7ths Street, NW, 20004Constructed on 25,000 square feet, on three floors and with more than 100 collaborative exhibitions, the National Museum of Crime & Punishment gives a detailed study of America's most disreputable convicts. From Bonnie & Clyde & old Wild West bank thieves to Al Capone & the Italian gang bosses, this gallery has something everybody will delight in. Visit prison lockups, learn about the tools of capital penalty and find out the daily heroes of law prosecution. Understand the excitement of high-speed police car pursuit simulators & an FBI firing range. In National Museum of Crime & Punishment you will find yourself in the inside of a completely intact crime scene with different proof. Begin your search, using such criminal science methods as ballistics, finger printing, plus DNA testing to crack the crime. Study about well-known cold cases as well as crime in the mass media.
  • United States Holocaust Memorial MuseumAttractions » Museums100 Raoul Wallenberg Plaza SW, 20024View site The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is a respectable way to remember the lives that were lost at such a devastating time in the history of the world. It is also a way to learn about the conditions that the Jews were living in as well as the torture that the people had to face. There is a railcar in the museum that has been on display since 1991. The car is similar to the ones that took the members of the Holocaust to their fate. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has a special exhibit that covers three floors. There is a narrative about the events that soldiers witnessed while they were in Germany. The exhibit is suitable for children over the age of 11. Admission is free.
  • Library of CongressAttractions » MuseumsFirst Street SE between Independence Ave and E Capitol Street, 20540The Library of Congress found in Washington DC is the world's largest library with the greatest collection of books, video, and audio recordings pertaining to academic knowledge and worldwide traditions from ancient times to present culture. Established in 1800, the Library of Congress was established as a place for holding books that might be necessary for government officials, although it has since grown into something much more as a national library for all American citizens. It's first small collection of books and documents were burned and pillaged by British troops in 1814 but was quickly replaced by the generosity of Thomas Jefferson donating his entire personal collection of books, over 50 years worth of collecting. These days the library receives two copies of every copyrighted book published or distributed in the US leading to its vast collection. Located on Capitol Hill, visitors can wander through halls and read peacefully there.
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