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Washington Welcome Center

1000 E St NW, Washington, DC 20004

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At the intersection of 10th and E Streets, NW. Across the street from Ford's Theatre and the Peterson House.

The White House

1475 Pennsylvania Ave. NW , Washington, DC 20004

15th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Next to the green fire hydrant, in front of the Willard Hotel.

National Archives

800 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

9th Street and Pennsylvania Ave. NW. East on Pennsylvania Ave. Stop is in front of the Research Center entrance. Across from the Navy Memorial.

Union Station

50 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

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Massachusetts Ave. and Columbus Circle NE. Enter Columbus Circle, make first left, follow lane C. Stop is in front of Union Station just east of the main crosswalk.

U.S. Capitol

1st St NW, Washington, DC 20016

First Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Stop is at the Peace Monument Circle at Pennsylvania and 1st Street, NW.

Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

200-250 6th St SW, Washington, DC 20024

Sixth Street and Independence Avenue, SW. Stop is on the south side of the building at 6th Street and Independence Avenue, SW.

Smithsonian Castle

1069 Independence Ave SW, Washington DC 20560

Independence Avenue SW and 12 Street SW. Directly in front of the Freer Gallery of Art.

Holocaust Museum

1398 Independence Ave SW

14 St. and Independence Ave. Just west of the Wilson Memorial Arch at the end of the Department of Agriculture Building at the light pole.

Jefferson Memorial

East Basin Dr. & Ohio Dr. SW.

Stop is at the intersection of East Basin Drive and Ohio Drive, SW, across from the George Mason Memorial.

FDR Memorial

1695 West Basin Dr SW, Washington, DC 20418

West Basin Dr. and Ohio Dr. SW. North on West Basin Dr. - Stop is just after the taxi stand & bus loading and unloading sign.

Lincoln Memorial

11 Daniel French Dr SW, Washington, DC 20245

Daniel French Dr. & Independence Ave. SW. North on Daniel French Dr. into Lincoln complex. Stop is next to the Concession Stand. Transfer for Arlington National Cemetery Shuttle.

Arlington National Cemetery

1 Memorial Ave. , Ft. Myer, VA 22211. Arlington Welcome Center loading zone.

Eisenhower and Arlington Cemetery Circle; under the pavilion just outside of the rear doors of the Arlington Visitor’s Center. Transfer for tour of the Cemetery.

John F. Kennedy Gravesite

Grant Drive, west of Sheridan

On Grant Drive just west of Sheridan’s intersection near the shrubbery at the benches.

Coast Guard Memorial

Jessup and Dewey

On Jessup in between the Coast Guard Memorial and the lone bench

Pershing Gravesite

Clayton at Grant

On Clayton at the intersection at Grant near the stop sign.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Porter and Memorial Drive

At the entrance of the Amphitheater about 50 feet to the left of the stairs

Arlington House

Sherman between Sheridan and Lincoln

Out the rear of Arlington House along the street at the row of benches

Iwo Jima Memorial

Ord and Wetzel Drive

Across the street from the gate near the walkway at the “no vehicles allowed” sign

Sections 55 and 59

McClellan and Halsey

In the grassy area next to the grave markers. Weekend Stop Only.

Columbarium and Niche Wall

Patton and York

At the Patton side of the intersection near the stop sign on York. Weekend Stop Only.

Pentagon Group Burial Marker

Patton Circle near Marshall Drive

On the circle next to the pine tree at the trash receptacle. Weekend Stop Only.

National Museum of American History

1300 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560

14th & Constitution Ave. NW. East on Constitution Ave., stop is just before first driveway entrance by the fire hydrant.

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

1000 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560

10th & Constitution Ave. NW. Stop is on Constitution Ave., in front of the Natural History Museum.

Newseum

236 6th ST SW, Washington, DC 20549

6th & Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Stop is on 6th St. in front of the Freedom Forum / First Amendment Center entrance.

National Portrait Gallery/African Art Museum/Spy Museum

F Street NW at 8th Street

At the intersection between the two crosswalks in front of the steps of the Donald Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture

1000 E St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

500 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

1498 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

800 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

300-348 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

178-198 Louisiana Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

1 D St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

401-499 First St NE, Washington, DC 20543, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

31 Columbus Monument Drive Northeast, Washington, DC 20002, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

33 Columbus Monument Drive Northeast, Washington, DC 20002, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

37 Columbus Monument Drive Northeast, Washington, DC 20002, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

12 Columbus Circle Northeast, Washington, DC 20001, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

First St NE, Washington, DC 20544, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

336 2nd St NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

170-198 Constitution Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

100-198 First St NE, Washington, DC 20004, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

99 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20515, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

173-199 First St SW, Washington, DC 20515, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

173-199 First St SW, Washington, DC 20515, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

119-149 First St SW, Washington, DC 20515, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

101 First St SW, Washington, DC 20515, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

First St SW, Washington, DC 20016, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

1st St NW, Washington, DC 20016, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

299 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

299 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20004, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

200-250 6th St SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

1042-1198 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

38.887575, -77.028370 GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

38.887565, -77.031176 GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

201-323 Raoul Wallenberg Pl SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

465-541 Maine Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

2 E Basin Dr SW, Washington, DC 20242, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

38.879932, -77.039861 GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

3 Ohio Dr SW, Washington, DC 20418, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

1695 West Basin Dr SW, Washington, DC 20418, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

1964 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20418, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

38.887235, -77.050217 GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

2912 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20418, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

9810 Kutz Bridge, Washington, DC 20024, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

1595-1599 Maine Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

17th St SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

1600-1698 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

1353-1399 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

1000 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

502-546 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

208-298 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20549, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

600-606 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

506-598 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

38.896117, -77.025991 GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

300 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20530, USA GET DIRECTIONS PARKING

Washington Welcome Center

1000 E St NW, Washington, DC 20004

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At the intersection of 10th and E Streets, NW. Across the street from Ford's Theatre and the Peterson House.

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The White House

1475 Pennsylvania Ave. NW , Washington, DC 20004

15th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Next to the green fire hydrant, in front of the Willard Hotel.

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National Archives

800 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

9th Street and Pennsylvania Ave. NW. East on Pennsylvania Ave. Stop is in front of the Research Center entrance. Across from the Navy Memorial.

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Union Station

50 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

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Massachusetts Ave. and Columbus Circle NE. Enter Columbus Circle, make first left, follow lane C. Stop is in front of Union Station just east of the main crosswalk.

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U.S. Capitol

1st St NW, Washington, DC 20016

First Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Stop is at the Peace Monument Circle at Pennsylvania and 1st Street, NW.

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Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

200-250 6th St SW, Washington, DC 20024

Sixth Street and Independence Avenue, SW. Stop is on the south side of the building at 6th Street and Independence Avenue, SW.

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Smithsonian Castle

1069 Independence Ave SW, Washington DC 20560

Independence Avenue SW and 12 Street SW. Directly in front of the Freer Gallery of Art.

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Holocaust Museum

1398 Independence Ave SW

14 St. and Independence Ave. Just west of the Wilson Memorial Arch at the end of the Department of Agriculture Building at the light pole.

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Jefferson Memorial

East Basin Dr. & Ohio Dr. SW.

Stop is at the intersection of East Basin Drive and Ohio Drive, SW, across from the George Mason Memorial.

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FDR Memorial

1695 West Basin Dr SW, Washington, DC 20418

West Basin Dr. and Ohio Dr. SW. North on West Basin Dr. - Stop is just after the taxi stand & bus loading and unloading sign.

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Lincoln Memorial

11 Daniel French Dr SW, Washington, DC 20245

Daniel French Dr. & Independence Ave. SW. North on Daniel French Dr. into Lincoln complex. Stop is next to the Concession Stand. Transfer for Arlington National Cemetery Shuttle.

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Arlington National Cemetery

1 Memorial Ave. , Ft. Myer, VA 22211. Arlington Welcome Center loading zone.

Eisenhower and Arlington Cemetery Circle; under the pavilion just outside of the rear doors of the Arlington Visitor’s Center. Transfer for tour of the Cemetery.

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John F. Kennedy Gravesite

Grant Drive, west of Sheridan

On Grant Drive just west of Sheridan’s intersection near the shrubbery at the benches.

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Coast Guard Memorial

Jessup and Dewey

On Jessup in between the Coast Guard Memorial and the lone bench

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Pershing Gravesite

Clayton at Grant

On Clayton at the intersection at Grant near the stop sign.

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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Porter and Memorial Drive

At the entrance of the Amphitheater about 50 feet to the left of the stairs

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Arlington House

Sherman between Sheridan and Lincoln

Out the rear of Arlington House along the street at the row of benches

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Iwo Jima Memorial

Ord and Wetzel Drive

Across the street from the gate near the walkway at the “no vehicles allowed” sign

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Sections 55 and 59

McClellan and Halsey

In the grassy area next to the grave markers. Weekend Stop Only.

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Columbarium and Niche Wall

Patton and York

At the Patton side of the intersection near the stop sign on York. Weekend Stop Only.

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Pentagon Group Burial Marker

Patton Circle near Marshall Drive

On the circle next to the pine tree at the trash receptacle. Weekend Stop Only.

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National Museum of American History

1300 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560

14th & Constitution Ave. NW. East on Constitution Ave., stop is just before first driveway entrance by the fire hydrant.

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Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

1000 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560

10th & Constitution Ave. NW. Stop is on Constitution Ave., in front of the Natural History Museum.

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Newseum

236 6th ST SW, Washington, DC 20549

6th & Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Stop is on 6th St. in front of the Freedom Forum / First Amendment Center entrance.

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National Portrait Gallery/African Art Museum/Spy Museum

F Street NW at 8th Street

At the intersection between the two crosswalks in front of the steps of the Donald Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture

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Washington Welcome Center

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For an official DC welcome, stop by the Washington Welcome Center. Here, you’ll find maps, brochures, tips and advice on all the area attractions and points of interest. Also, Welcome Center staff will give you great insight into activities and sightseeing spots you won’t want to miss. Souvenirs and snacks are also available and the center serves as the transfer stop for the National Cathedral and Uptown Loop Tour.

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Ford's Theatre
Time to EXPLORE: 1 hour

The chilling story of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination comes to life in the very place he was mortally shot on April 14, 1865. After being closed for 103 years, Ford’s Theater was restored and reopened in 1968. Serving as a tribute to Abraham Lincoln and his love of the performing arts, the Theater is a live, working theater that plays host to a variety of plays by some of the country’s most talented playwrights, actors and artists. Ford’s Theater is also home to The Lincoln Museum, which gives visitors a look at the elaborate conspiracy planned by actor John Wilkes Booth, a supporter of the Confederate States of America, to assassinate the President, the Vice President and the Secretary of State.

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Petersen House
Time to EXPLORE: 1 hour

After a visit to Ford’s Theater, a stop at the Petersen House is most definitely in order. It is in this house that Abraham Lincoln died after frantic doctors worked to save him throughout the night. The house, now a National Historic Site, has been restored to its original condition and even the bed on which Lincoln passed away is much like the actual one. Now furnished with period pieces, guests can see the front parlor where Mary Todd Lincoln spent the night with her son, Robert and the back parlor where Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton held a cabinet meeting and questioned witnesses. Visitors can take self-guided tours to see the solemn, yet intriguing Petersen House.

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International Spy Museum

Is there really such a thing as invisible ink? Is someone watching you through a camera in their buttonhole? For answers to these questions and a million other secrets about the fascinating world of spying, stop by the International Spy Museum. Discover the truth and myths about microdots and invisible ink, buttonhole cameras and submarine recording systems. Examine bugs of all sizes and kinds, and ingenious disguise techniques developed by Hollywood for the CIA. Trace the history of 50 years of spy technology, developed by agencies from the OSS to the KGB.

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The White House

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Since 1800, the White House has been a symbol of the United States government, the president and the people of America. It has also served as the home of every U.S. president except George Washington. Remodeled and restored many times over the years, the White House is recognized around the world as an emblem of American democracy. For many, the most famous room in the residence is the Oval Office where the president conducts business and meets with his advisers. Maintaining a stately presence in the nation’s capital, the White House is one of most significant landmarks in Washington, D.C.

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White House Visitors Center

At the White House Visitor Center, people from around the world can learn about the amazing history of the White House and the United States Presidency. Discover facts about the architecture and furnishings of the White House, the first families, social events, and relations with the press and world leaders. Visitors can also watch a 30-minute video, entitled “Where History Lives” and see six historical exhibits. A gift shop offers a variety of souvenirs and mementos related to the White House and Washington DC. Park ranger talks, military concerts, and special traveling exhibits are also of interest to guests and available at different times.

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Department of Treasury

The Treasury Building took 33 years to build from 1836 – 1869. It was primarily designed by the same man, Robert Mills, who was the architect of the Washington Monument. At the time of its construction, the Treasury Building was one of the largest office buildings in the world. It served as a barracks during the Civil War and a temporary White House for President Andrew Johnson after President Lincoln’s assassination. Built in the Greek Revival style, Treasury was the first Departmental building in the nation’s capital thus influencing the design of many of the others.

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National Archives

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Journey back in time as you view the original founding documents of the United States written by the patriots who created a nation conceived in liberty. Established in 1934, the National Archives is the repository for the priceless documents that have shaped American history and defined our democracy. These include the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, which are collectively known as the Charters of Freedom. The Archives also contain other treasured heirlooms like an original copy of the Magna Carta from 1297, the Louisiana Purchase Treaty signed by Napoleon Bonaparte and Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.

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National Gallery of Art
Time to EXPLORE: 2-3 hours

The National Gallery of Art was created in 1937. Through the generosity of Andrew W. Mellon, a financier who was also a public servant, the Museum gained its first collection. Mellon had a passion for art and his large collection of old master paintings, sculpture and other works were intended for all of America to enjoy. After his death, Congress accepted his collection and thus the National Gallery was born.

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U.S. Navy Memorial

The US Navy Memorial is a truly spectacular tribute to those who served or are currently serving in the nation’s sea services. A stunning plaza paved in granite forms a 100-foot diameter of the world. Fountains, pools, flags and historic panels surround the deck of the plaza tracing the achievements of the Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines. The famous Lone Sailor statue stands as a representation of the men who joined the service to fulfill their patriotic duty; a striking sight, it is perhaps one of the most well-known aspects of the memorial.

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Marian Koshland Science Museum

One of the newest museums in the area, The Marian Koshland Science Museum, offers cutting-edge exhibitions that serve to enlighten visitors about the numerous studies conducted by the National Academies and to instill a better understanding of the immense impact science has on all of our lives. Many temporary exhibits and several permanent ones create an environment of eagerness and interest as visitors learn about such topics as global warming, the application of DNA, infectious diseases and their origins and the Wonders of Science. A great experience for adults and children, interactive, hands-on exhibits and displays and many other educational presentations make the Marian Koshland Science Museum a favorite stop in the city.

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Union Station

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Time to EXPLORE: 1 hour

Welcome to Washington DC! The spectacular Union Station was originally designed to be the gateway to the city and since it opened over 90 years ago, has become the most visited site in DC. Its unique architecture makes it popular for photos. Locals, tourists and even presidents make it a point to visit this magnificent historic mall and train station.

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Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Journey back to the days of the Pony Express and see first-hand how the mail was delivered in colonial America, through times of war and into the present day. At the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, visitors learn about the amazing history of the American postal service and how it evolved to become what it is today. Located on the lower level of the old Post Office Building just next door to Union Station, the building was constructed in 1914 and served as the Washington DC post office until 1986.

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U.S. Capitol
Time to EXPLORE: 2-3 hours

A grand symbol of the United States Government, the Capitol Building on Capitol Hill is recognized across the world as one of our country’s most prominent icons of Democracy. The striking white dome acts as a focal point to the building which welcomes thousands of visitors every year. Both a working legislative building and a national monument, guided tours are offered all day long and provide an inside look into how our United States government works.

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U.S. Supreme Court
Time to EXPLORE: 2-3 hours

Upon arrival at the Supreme Court, visitors are often struck by the imposing marble building. Architecturally magnificent, the neoclassical structure was built in 1935 to become the permanent home to the Supreme Court. Walking along the hallway towards the Courtroom, guests are greeted by busts of all the former Chief Justices. The Supreme Court is the highest judiciary authority in the United States and hears about 100 cases each year, although more than 7,000 are submitted before them. Visitors can tour the Supreme Court building, hear lectures on the history of the court and how it works, sit in on sessions on specified days and times and view various exhibits throughout the year.

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Library of Congress
Time to EXPLORE: 2-3 hours

The Library of Congress is unlike any other library in the world. The world’s largest library, it is home to more than 100 million books, maps, recordings, manuscripts, films and photos including items from Thomas Jefferson’s personal collection. In fact, it was Jefferson who donated many items to the library after it was destroyed by a fire in 1814. The new building was properly named the Jefferson Building as a tribute to his generosity.

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U.S. Capitol

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Time to EXPLORE: 2-3 hours

A grand symbol of the United States Government, the Capitol Building on Capitol Hill is recognized across the world as one of our country’s most prominent icons of Democracy. The striking white dome acts as a focal point to the building which welcomes thousands of visitors every year. Both a working legislative building and a national monument, guided tours are offered all day long and provide an inside look into how our United States government works.

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U.S. Supreme Court
Time to EXPLORE: 2-3 hours

Upon arrival at the Supreme Court, visitors are often struck by the imposing marble building. Architecturally magnificent, the neoclassical structure was built in 1935 to become the permanent home to the Supreme Court. Walking along the hallway towards the Courtroom, guests are greeted by busts of all the former Chief Justices. The Supreme Court is the highest judiciary authority in the United States and hears about 100 cases each year, although more than 7,000 are submitted before them. Visitors can tour the Supreme Court building, hear lectures on the history of the court and how it works, sit in on sessions on specified days and times and view various exhibits throughout the year.

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Library of Congress
Time to EXPLORE: 2-3 hours

The Library of Congress is unlike any other library in the world. The world’s largest library, it is home to more than 100 million books, maps, recordings, manuscripts, films and photos including items from Thomas Jefferson’s personal collection. In fact, it was Jefferson who donated many items to the library after it was destroyed by a fire in 1814. The new building was properly named the Jefferson Building as a tribute to his generosity.

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U.S. Botanic Garden

No matter what time of year it is, the lush greenery and gorgeous plants are always thriving at the United States Botanic Garden. Located just next door to the Museum of the American Indian at the foot of the Capitol, the Botanic Garden is an oasis of beautiful plant life and flowers and home to 4,000 living species. The conservatory houses exhibits that focus on the importance of plants to people and on the ecology and evolution of plants.

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Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

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Time to EXPLORE: 2-3 hours

One can only imagine the exhilaration that Neil Armstrong felt as he took the very first steps on the moon in 1969 or the incredible thrill that the Wright brothers experienced as they took that first flight in 1903. At the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, you can get an idea of how they felt when you see first-hand the original Wright 1903 Flyer and the Apollo 11 Command Module which carried astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin on their mission to the moon. These historic air and spacecrafts are among a collection of more than 30,000 artifacts at the Air and Space Museum.

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Museum of the American Indian
Time to EXPLORE: 2-3 hours

The Museum of the American Indian is the newest among the Smithsonian Museums in Washington DC and is the only museum solely dedicated to the history, study and preservation of the American Indians. You’ll be instantly captivated by its masterful architecture. The curved limestone building appears to be a natural rock formation facing towards the sun and is surrounded by acres of authentic crops of the American Indian. Its very design stands out among the many granite and marble neoclassical structures in the National Mall. Once inside, you’ll be treated to an up-close look at the life, languages, history, art and traditions of the Native Americans.

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Hirshhorn Gallery & Sculpture Garden
Time to EXPLORE: 2-3 hours

The founder of the Hirschhorn Gallery and Sculpture Garden, Joseph Hirschhorn left an impressive legacy of art and inspiration to the American People. He had an immense passion for art. So much so that at one time he had more than 6,000 pieces in his collection housed at several private locations. It was Hirschhorn’s adoration for the arts that inspired a new museum of art in Washington DC in the late 1960’s. The Hirschhorn Gallery and Sculpture Garden opened its doors in 1974, featuring Joseph Hirschhorn’s personal collection of paintings and sculpture, which he generously donated so that all of the American people could enjoy it as much as he did.

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Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art – Smithsonian Castle

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Located near the National Mall, the Smithsonian Institution Building was completed in 1855. Designed by James Renwick, Jr., the red Seneca sandstone edifice features a faux Norman architectural style that incorporates late-Romanesque and early-Gothic details. Although slaves were not used in the construction, they were used to quarry the stone. Colloquially know as the Smithsonian Castle, the building initially held the institution’s entire collection of art and other objects. Designated a National Landmark in 1965, its Victorian arched windows, dark woodwork and terrazzo floor evokes the serene ambiance of a house of worship. The 4.2-acre Enid Haupt Garden is situated adjacent to the Castle.

Attractions to explore near this stop

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Bureau of Engraving and Printing

See where millions of dollars are printed every day. Discover all of the steps to producing currency from the blank sheet of paper to a crisp bill. As the security printer for the US Government, the Bureau is responsible for the design, printing and engraving for all US currency.

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Holocaust Memorial Museum

The museum serves as a memorial to the millions of people who were murdered during the Holocaust. Open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. everyday, except Yom Kippur and Christmas Day. Timed passes are distributed on a first–come first–served basis.

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Freer & Sackler Galleries of Art

The vibrant, colorful world of Oriental art is on display at the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, which together form the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Asian Art. Connected by an underground passageway adorned with priceless works, they house one of the world’s greatest collections of Asian, Islamic and Near Eastern art along with significant ancient Egyptian and American artistic pieces. 

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Holocaust Memorial Museum

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The museum serves as a memorial to the millions of people who were murdered during the Holocaust. Open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. everyday, except Yom Kippur and Christmas Day. Timed passes are distributed on a first–come first–served basis.

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Bureau of Engraving and Printing

See where millions of dollars are printed every day. Discover all of the steps to producing currency from the blank sheet of paper to a crisp bill. As the security printer for the US Government, the Bureau is responsible for the design, printing and engraving for all US currency.

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Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art - Smithsonian Castle

Located near the National Mall, the Smithsonian Institution Building was completed in 1855. Designed by James Renwick, Jr., the red Seneca sandstone edifice features a faux Norman architectural style that incorporates late-Romanesque and early-Gothic details. Although slaves were not used in the construction, they were used to quarry the stone. Colloquially know as the Smithsonian Castle, the building initially held the institution’s entire collection of art and other objects. Designated a National Landmark in 1965, its Victorian arched windows, dark woodwork and terrazzo floor evokes the serene ambiance of a house of worship. The 4.2-acre Enid Haupt Garden is situated adjacent to the Castle.

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Washington Monument
Time to EXPLORE: 1 Hour

One of the most celebrated and spectacular sights on the National Mall, the Washington Monument, stands as a grand tribute to our nation’s first President, George Washington. The 555 foot obelisk is also one of the oldest and most recognizable memorials in the City. While construction began in 1848, the monument was not completed until 1884 because of financial difficulties during the Civil War.

Jefferson Memorial

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Time to EXPLORE: 1 hour

Tours in Washington DC are not complete without a stop at the Jefferson Memorial. A tribute to the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, the memorial is a recognized symbol of democracy and independence. As one of the founding fathers of our country and the author of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson’s significant impact on the shaping of our government is known throughout the world.

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George Mason Memorial

What many folks don’t know about George Mason, they can learn while visiting his memorial right next to the Jefferson Memorial. Known for his authorship of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, George Mason’s work and beliefs were a major influence into the writing of the United States Bill of Rights. He earned the nickname, the reluctant statesman, after refusing to sign the United States Constitution because it did not abolish slavery.

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Tidal Basin
Time to EXPLORE: 1 hour

The Tidal Basin is a beautiful part of the National Mall in Washington DC. Bordering monuments and memorials, the Tidal Basin is home to thousands of Cherry Trees that were given as a gift to the United States by Japan. Luring visitors to take a stroll or rent a paddle-boat for a tranquil break from sightseeing, the Tidal Basin is a favorite spot to many tourists throughout the year.

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FDR Memorial
Time to EXPLORE: 1 hour

The FDR Memorial is located along the Western edge of the Tidal Basin, between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. Built in 1997, the memorial is known for its unique design, its tribute to our 32nd President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and for the fact that it tells the story of America during the years of FDR’s Presidency. Four outdoor rooms portray the President’s terms in office, each with different statues and quotes. Beginning with a likeness of him riding in a car during his first inaugural speech and ending with him seated in a wheelchair, the memorial traces his twelve years of office as well as the many changes our country went through during that era.

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FDR Memorial

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Time to EXPLORE: 1 hour

The FDR Memorial is located along the Western edge of the Tidal Basin, between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. Built in 1997, the memorial is known for its unique design, its tribute to our 32nd President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and for the fact that it tells the story of America during the years of FDR’s Presidency. Four outdoor rooms portray the President’s terms in office, each with different statues and quotes. Beginning with a likeness of him riding in a car during his first inaugural speech and ending with him seated in a wheelchair, the memorial traces his twelve years of office as well as the many changes our country went through during that era.

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Jefferson Memorial
Time to EXPLORE: 1 hour

Tours in Washington DC are not complete without a stop at the Jefferson Memorial. A tribute to the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, the memorial is a recognized symbol of democracy and independence. As one of the founding fathers of our country and the author of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson’s significant impact on the shaping of our government is known throughout the world.

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Tidal Basin
Time to EXPLORE: 1 hour

The Tidal Basin is a beautiful part of the National Mall in Washington DC. Bordering monuments and memorials, the Tidal Basin is home to thousands of Cherry Trees that were given as a gift to the United States by Japan. Luring visitors to take a stroll or rent a paddle-boat for a tranquil break from sightseeing, the Tidal Basin is a favorite spot to many tourists throughout the year.

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Martin Luther King Junior Memorial

Opened in August of 2011, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is located on four acres in the West Potomac Park and is part of the National Park Service. Its official address, 1964 Independence Avenue, is in reference to the year the Civil Rights Act became Law.

Lincoln Memorial

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Time to EXPLORE: 1 hour

The Lincoln Memorial was opened on Memorial Day in 1922, 57 years after Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was assassinated. 
The immense Greek Temple stands in front of a gleaming reflecting pool and is a stunning spectacle during the day and especially at night.

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Time to EXPLORE: 1 hour

Often referred to as the wall that heals, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial beckons visitors of all ages, races and nationalities. It was created to honor and remember the men and women who served in the Vietnam War and to help our country heal after the controversial, emotional conflict ended. The enormous black wall lists 58,209 names of those who are missing or were killed during the war.

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Korean War Memorial
Time to EXPLORE: 1 hour

To remember those who fought in the Korean War, The United States Congress approved a Korean War Memorial to be constructed in the National Mall. The memorial has several interesting aspects to it including the “Field Of Service” which has 19, larger-than-life-size stainless steel statues of servicemen from all four of the armed forces. The men appear to be a squad on patrol and are dressed in full combat gear. 

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World War II Memorial
Time to EXPLORE: 2 hours

Honoring the 16 million people who served in the United States Military during the war, the more than 400,000 who died and the countless others who supported our troops from home, the World War II Memorial is a stunning tribute to the sacrifices that were made.

Arlington National Cemetery

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Time to EXPLORE: 2 - 3 Hours

A lasting tribute to the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our nation, Arlington National Cemetery is visited by millions of people each year. These hallowed grounds are where more than 400,000 service men and women and their family members are laid to rest. There are nearly 30 funerals held each day, honoring those who have given their life to defend the values and ideals of America. If you’re planning a vacation to Washington DC, a visit to Arlington is something you must do.

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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

In 1921, Congress approved the burial of one unknown serviceman killed during World War I in the plaza of the newly built Memorial Amphitheater. To ensure that the choice was truly random amongst the options, four service members were exhumed from four separate cemeteries in France. Army Sergeant Edward Younger, a recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, was selected to pick one of the four identical caskets. He placed a spray of white roses on the third casket from the left. While the chosen soldier was transported back from France on the USS Olympia, the others were reburied in the Meuse Argonne Cemetery.

President John F. Kennedy Gravesite

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The original Kennedy gravesite was very small, only 20 feet by 30 feet, and surrounded by a white picket fence. The minute plot was not enough to withstand the incredible amount of mourners visiting the President’s grave.  A decision was made to create a more permanent and sturdy site which is what you will see today. The circular granite walkway is 210 feet in diameter and 3.2 acres are set aside in President Kennedy’s memory. The low-lying wall is inscribed with quotes from Kennedy’s inaugural address and just behind the wall is the grave of the President, two of his children, his wife Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and the Eternal Flame. Today President Kennedy’s grave is the most visited site at the cemetery.

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Section 5 Supreme Court Justices

Section Five is often referred to as the Supreme Court Justice Section because there are approximately half a dozen US Supreme Court Justices buried here. Notables include Chief Justices William H. Rehnquist and Warren Burger and Associate Justices Oliver Wendall Holmes, Potter Stewart, and Thurgood Marshall. Marshall was the first African American to serve on the Court. Prior to becoming a Justice, he argued before the Court most notably during the Brown V. Board of Education case.

US Coast Guard Memorial

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Dedicated in May of 1923, the marker memorializes the 150 sailors who lost their lives on the cutter ships Tampa and Seneca which sank within a week of each other during World War I. Today the memorial is for all Coast Guard service members. Adorned with a seagull which represents the tireless vigil of the guard and the words Semper Paratus meaning “Always Ready”, the motto of the Coast Guard, the memorial is a must see for all.

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Attractions to explore near this stop

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Robert Peary and Matthew Henson

Rear Admiral Peary is credited with being the first to reach the North Pole. He directed a six man team which included Matthew Henson. Henson was an African American explorer and a close companion of Admiral Peary. It was Henson who planted the U.S. flag on the North Pole.

John J. Pershing

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Pershing is the highest ranked military officer buried at Arlington and the second highest ranked officer in history. He was promoted to General of the Armies in 1919, which is equivalent to a six star General, and was put in charge of all branches of the military service. He led the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I and was mentor to many generals including Patton, Eisenhower, Marshall, and Bradley. The only other person to obtain this rank was General George Washington who earned the rank posthumously in 1976.

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Section 34

Pershing is not the only notable you should visit at this stop. Other notables include Corporal Ira Hayes who was one of the six men to raise the flag on top of Mt. Suribachi at Iwo Jima, General Henry “Hap” Arnold who was the only person to receive a five star rank in two branches of the service, the Army and Air Force, and Corporal Frank W. Buckles who was the oldest surviving World War I veteran. He died in 2011 at the age of 110.

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Section 3

Section three is near the Pershing gravesite stop.  A short walk down the street will take you to the graves of astronauts Roger Chaffe and Virgil Grissom who perished aboard the Apollo I spacecraft and medical figures Jonathon Letterman, the Surgeon General of the Army of the Potomac during the Civil War, and Major Walter Reed who confirmed that mosquitoes were the cause of yellow fever.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

In 1921, Congress approved the burial of one unknown serviceman killed during World War I in the plaza of the newly built Memorial Amphitheater. To ensure that the choice was truly random amongst the options, four service members were exhumed from four separate cemeteries in France. Army Sergeant Edward Younger, a recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, was selected to pick one of the four identical caskets. He placed a spray of white roses on the third casket from the left. While the chosen soldier was transported back from France on the USS Olympia, the others were reburied in the Meuse Argonne Cemetery.

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Challenger and Columbia Memorials

Just across the street from the Memorial Amphitheater are the memorials for the Space Shuttle Challenger and the Space Shuttle Columbia. The Challenger exploded on January 28, 1986 just a few seconds after takeoff. All seven crew members, including civilian teacher Christa McAuliffe, perished. The Columbia disintegrated during re-entry on February 1, 2003 killing all seven crew members.

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Audie Murphy

He became one of the most highly decorated soldiers from World War II after being turned down by the Marine Corp for being too short and then turned down by the paratroopers. He received 28 medals, three from France and one from Belgium, all before he turned 21. His military record and good looks landed him in Hollywood. He acted in over 40 films including “To Hell and Back”, which was autobiographical. He died in a plane crash at the age of 46.

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USS Maine Memorial

This is the actual mast from the USS Maine, which exploded off the Havana Harbor in 1898. Although the cause of the explosion was unknown, the press in the U.S. blamed the Spanish. The rally cry became “Remember the Maine.” Thus, the United States entered the Spanish- American War. Surrounding the memorial are the remains of many of the men who lost their lives on the ship.

Arlington House

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Arlington House was built by George Washington Parke Custis as a memorial to his adopted grandfather, George Washington. The house is full of history. It is more commonly known as the Robert E. Lee Memorial because Lee lived there for approximately 30 years. Lee married Parke Custis’ daughter Mary. They lived on the grounds until the start of the Civil War in 1861. During the war, the house, which was located on strategic high ground, became a campsite for Union troops. Arlington House sits on a hill overlooking the Potomac River and the District. You do not want to miss this panoramic view of our nation’s capital. Other things of interest on the grounds include a museum about the Lees, a book shop, and a former slave quarter.

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Section One

Right across the street from Arlington House is Section One. It holds the remains of many officers from the Civil War. The headstones are for the most part extremely large and elaborate. One such marker is the white sarcophagus for Montgomery Meigs, the man responsible for turning the Custis Lee plantation into a cemetery.  Other notables include Abner Doubleday, a civil war general often falsely credited with being the inventor of baseball, and Anita Newcomb McGee, the first female Army surgeon and founder of the Army Nurse Corps. You can also find the reinterred remains of service members from the American Revolution and the War of 1812.

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James Tanner Amphitheater

The first and original amphitheater on the Arlington grounds was built in 1873 for the fifth Decoration Day (known today as Memorial Day).  The celebration quickly outgrew the amphitheater and that’s why the new Memorial Amphitheater was built. The name was changed to the James Tanner Amphitheater in May of 2014 as part of the 150th anniversary of the cemetery. Tanner was a Civil War veteran and served as President Lincoln’s stenographer. He is buried in Section Two very close to the amphitheater.

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Tomb of the Civil War Unknown

The Tomb of the Civil War Unknown is located near the Arlington House. It holds the remains of 2,111 unknown soldiers from the Battle of Bull Run. The monument was erected by order of General Montgomery C. Meigs with the intent of deterring the Lees from returning to the Arlington grounds.

US Marine Corp War Memorial Iwo Jima

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Just outside the gates of the cemetery is the United States Marine Corps War Memorial which is for all Marines who have given their lives in service since 1775, but it is often called the Iwo Jima Memorial because it depicts the famous flag raising on top of Mt. Surabachi. The memorial was dedicated November 10, 1954, the 179th birthday of the Corps. It is one of the world’s largest bronze statues and it’s quiet breathtaking to see in person.

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Attractions to explore near this stop

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Netherlands Carillon

The bell tower, located just outside the Ord and Weitzel gate, is a gift from the Netherlands to the U.S. for liberating them from the Nazis during World War II. The tower contains 50 bells which weigh approximately 30 tons. The bells play a medley of the armed forces anthems at noon and 6 PM and they chime every 15 minutes.

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Arlington Section 27

The oldest section at Arlington contains the remains of nearly 4,000 former slaves; their headstones are marked by the words “citizen” and “civilian.” This section also holds the remains of approximately 1,500 United States Colored Troops (USCT), which the official designation was given to all African American units serving in the U.S. Army during the Civil War. Additionally, this section is the resting place for Private William Henry Christman. Interred on May 13th 1864, Christman was the first military burial on the Arlington grounds.

Arlington Sections 55 and 59

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Sections 55 and 59, the first stop on the weekend route, show us that Arlington National Cemetery is still a very active cemetery conducting up to 30 funerals each day, Monday through Saturday. Both sections are considered active burial sections, meaning a number of funerals take place in the sections during the week.

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Arlington Niche Wall Columbarium Courts

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Half of the funerals that are conducted at the cemetery are for cremated remains. A niche space is a small rectangular slot that can hold approximately 2-3 urns. The Niche Wall runs along the eastern border of the cemetery and is approximately half a mile in length. The Columbarium Courts are structures that have niches built into them. There are nine courts in total. Court nine is the newest and largest with 20,000 niche spaces.

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Attractions to explore near this stop

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Arlington Section 60

Accessible from the Columbarium stop, Section 60 holds the remains of those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is often referred to as the saddest section in the cemetery because family and friends visit regularly and leave flowers and mementos.

Arlington Pentagon Group Burial Marker

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On September 12, 2002, a funeral service was conducted at the Memorial Amphitheater for the 184 victims of the terrorist attack on the Pentagon on 9/11. Following the service, a group burial was held in Section 64. A five-sided memorial marks the group burial. It resembles the Pentagon, which is in visible distance, although the five sides are meant to memorialize the five victims whose remains were not recovered. The names of all the victims are listed on the marker in alphabetical order.

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Arlington 9-11 Memorial

On September 12, 2002, a funeral service was conducted at the Memorial Amphitheater for the 184 victims of the terrorist attack on the Pentagon on 9/11. Following the service, a group burial was held in Section 64. A five-sided memorial marks the group burial. It resembles the Pentagon, which is in visible distance, although the five sides are meant to memorialize the five victims whose remains were not recovered. The names of all the victims are listed on the marker in alphabetical order.

National Museum of American History

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Time to EXPLORE: 2 - 3 Hours

Step inside the National Museum of American History and experience the passion, creativity and inspiration of the American people. Walk through the fascinating exhibits and collections and transport yourself through hundreds of years of history, culture and the lives of our people.  Over 3 million artifacts will amaze and enlighten you, including the original Star-Spangled Banner and Abraham Lincoln’s top hat.

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Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
Time to EXPLORE: 2-3 hours

One can only imagine the exhilaration that Neil Armstrong felt as he took the very first steps on the moon in 1969 or the incredible thrill that the Wright brothers experienced as they took that first flight in 1903. At the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, you can get an idea of how they felt when you see first-hand the original Wright 1903 Flyer and the Apollo 11 Command Module which carried astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin on their mission to the moon. These historic air and spacecrafts are among a collection of more than 30,000 artifacts at the Air and Space Museum.

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Holocaust Memorial Museum

The museum serves as a memorial to the millions of people who were murdered during the Holocaust. Open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. everyday, except Yom Kippur and Christmas Day. Timed passes are distributed on a first–come first–served basis.

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World War II Memorial
Time to EXPLORE: 2 hours

Honoring the 16 million people who served in the United States Military during the war, the more than 400,000 who died and the countless others who supported our troops from home, the World War II Memorial is a stunning tribute to the sacrifices that were made.

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Washington Monument
Time to EXPLORE: 1 Hour

One of the most celebrated and spectacular sights on the National Mall, the Washington Monument, stands as a grand tribute to our nation’s first President, George Washington. The 555 foot obelisk is also one of the oldest and most recognizable memorials in the City. While construction began in 1848, the monument was not completed until 1884 because of financial difficulties during the Civil War.

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

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Time to EXPLORE: 2 - 3 Hours

Ever wonder if there’s any truth to the curse of the famous Hope Diamond? Or wish you could see for yourself the fossils of an ancient mammal or a dinosaur? Then step inside the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Millions of people come each year to get a close look at some of the world’s most intriguing, beguiling specimens that the Museum has on display.

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National Gallery of Art
Time to EXPLORE: 2-3 hours

The National Gallery of Art was created in 1937. Through the generosity of Andrew W. Mellon, a financier who was also a public servant, the Museum gained its first collection. Mellon had a passion for art and his large collection of old master paintings, sculpture and other works were intended for all of America to enjoy. After his death, Congress accepted his collection and thus the National Gallery was born.

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Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
Time to EXPLORE: 2-3 hours

One can only imagine the exhilaration that Neil Armstrong felt as he took the very first steps on the moon in 1969 or the incredible thrill that the Wright brothers experienced as they took that first flight in 1903. At the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, you can get an idea of how they felt when you see first-hand the original Wright 1903 Flyer and the Apollo 11 Command Module which carried astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin on their mission to the moon. These historic air and spacecrafts are among a collection of more than 30,000 artifacts at the Air and Space Museum.

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National Museum of American History
Time to EXPLORE: 2 - 3 Hours

Step inside the National Museum of American History and experience the passion, creativity and inspiration of the American people. Walk through the fascinating exhibits and collections and transport yourself through hundreds of years of history, culture and the lives of our people.  Over 3 million artifacts will amaze and enlighten you, including the original Star-Spangled Banner and Abraham Lincoln’s top hat.

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Old Post Office Pavilion & Bell Tower
Time to EXPLORE: 1 Hour

For a spectacular view of the city and a journey back to the early 1900’s, the Old Post Office and Bell Tower is a must see. It was Washington’s first skyscraper, measuring in at around 300 feet from the ground. In its day, it was the largest and tallest government building in the city and was used as the post office for several years before plans for a newer, more modern facility were implemented. Thanks to the Great Depression, the classic building was saved from destruction and today visitors can enjoy an exhilarating ride in a glass elevator all the way to the top.

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Newseum

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Have you heard the news? Now you can see, hear and report it at one of Washington DC’s most exciting new museums. The Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue offers visitors a look at news like never before—significant, defining moments that span 5 centuries, through the past, present and up to the second. Throughout the 250,000 square foot, high-tech structure are seven different levels of galleries, demonstrations and interactive exhibits. Learn about the many different publications, people and technologies that bring the news to life in the News Corporation News History Gallery.

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National Gallery of Art
Time to EXPLORE: 2-3 hours

The National Gallery of Art was created in 1937. Through the generosity of Andrew W. Mellon, a financier who was also a public servant, the Museum gained its first collection. Mellon had a passion for art and his large collection of old master paintings, sculpture and other works were intended for all of America to enjoy. After his death, Congress accepted his collection and thus the National Gallery was born.

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Marian Koshland Science Museum

One of the newest museums in the area, The Marian Koshland Science Museum, offers cutting-edge exhibitions that serve to enlighten visitors about the numerous studies conducted by the National Academies and to instill a better understanding of the immense impact science has on all of our lives. Many temporary exhibits and several permanent ones create an environment of eagerness and interest as visitors learn about such topics as global warming, the application of DNA, infectious diseases and their origins and the Wonders of Science. A great experience for adults and children, interactive, hands-on exhibits and displays and many other educational presentations make the Marian Koshland Science Museum a favorite stop in the city.

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National Portrait Gallery

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International Spy Museum

Is there really such a thing as invisible ink? Is someone watching you through a camera in their buttonhole? For answers to these questions and a million other secrets about the fascinating world of spying, stop by the International Spy Museum. Discover the truth and myths about microdots and invisible ink, buttonhole cameras and submarine recording systems. Examine bugs of all sizes and kinds, and ingenious disguise techniques developed by Hollywood for the CIA. Trace the history of 50 years of spy technology, developed by agencies from the OSS to the KGB.

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Complete Guide To Museum of African Art

One of the country’s first institutions dedicated solely to artistic expression on the African continent, the National Museum of African Art opened to the public in 1987. The attraction boasts a collection of more than 9,000 pieces in a variety of media spanning from ancient times through the modern era. In addition to textiles and jewelry, the museum has sculptures, pottery and paintings representing nearly every country in Africa, including Arab North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. Although it is one of the Smithsonian’s smallest museums, the institution has the largest single collection of African art in the United States.

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