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  1. Awakening is a 100-foot statue of a giant embedded in the earth, struggling to free himself. It was created by J. Seward Johnson, Jr. and installed at Hains Point (East Potomac Park), Washington, D.C. in 1980 for the International Sculpture Conference Exhibition.
  2. Eastern Market is a public market in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C., housed in a 19th century brick building. It is located on 7th Street SE, a few blocks east of the U.S. Capitol between North Carolina Avenue SE and C Street SE.
  3. Georgetown is a neighborhood located in the Northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C., along the Potomac River waterfront. Founded in 1751, the city of Georgetown substantially predated the establishment of the city of Washington and the District of Columbia.
  4. Kennedy Center. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the name by which it is known, (or, as named on the building itself, the John F. Kennedy Memorial Center for the Performing Arts but, locally called the The Kennedy Center), is a performing arts centre which is located beside the Potomac River, adjacent to the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C.. It opened in 1971.
  5. National Cathedral The plans for this "church for national purposes" were conceived of more than a century before the foundation was laid. In 1964 the central tower was finished, but it was not until 1990 that the cathedral as a whole was complete. A variety of tours of the Washington National Cathedral and the grounds are offered frequently. Address: Massachusetts & Wisconsin Ave NW Washington DC USA 20016-5098. Phone: 202 537-6200
  6. National Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual spring celebration in Washington, D.C. commemorating the March 27, 1912, gift to the city of Japanese cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo. Mayor Ozaki donated the trees in an effort to enhance the growing friendship between the United States and Japan and also celebrate the continued close relationship between the two peoples. In a simple ceremony on March 27, 1912.
  7. Potomac River is Often referred to as the Nation's River, since it runs through the capital city of Washington DC, the Potomac River is known for its historic, recreational and scenic significance. Beginning as a small spring in Fairfax Stone, West Virginia, this river flows for more than 380 mi (612 km) to Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Address: WV, DC, MD. Phone: 301 984-1908
  8. Smithsonian The Smithsonian Institution (pronounced [smɪθ.ˈˌən]) is an educational and research institute and associated museum complex, administered and funded by the government of the United States and by funds from its endowmet, contributions, and profits from its shops and its magazine. Most of its facilities are located in Washington, D.C., but its 19 museums, zoo, and eight research centers include sites in New York City, Virginia, Panama, and elsewhere. It has over 142 million items in its collections.
  9. Supreme Court of the United States. The highest court in the United States, the Supreme Court is the head of the Judicial Branch of government. Open Monday through Friday, except on federal holidays, from 9am until 4:30pm, this court can be visited by the public. Lectures are given in the courtroom hourly on the half hour when it is not in session. Address: 1st Street and Capitol Street Washington DC USA
  10. Tidal Basin is a partially man-made inlet adjacent to the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. It is part of West Potomac Park and is surrounded by the Jefferson Memorial and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. The basin covers an area of about 107 acres and is 10 feet deep. The concept of the Tidal Basin originated in the 1880s to serve both as a visual centerpiece and as a means for flushing the Washington Channel, a harbor separated from the Potomac River by fill lands where East Potomac Park is situated.
  11. Union Station ia a monumental gateway to America's capital city opened in 1907, and today it is one of Washington, D.C.'s most popular attractions. As one of the premiere shopping areas in the country, there are shops, galleries, boutiques and restaurants are situated throughout the station. Union Station also serves as a major terminal for Amtrak rail services. Address: 50 Massachusetts Avenue NE Washington DC USA. Phone: 1 202 371-9441
  12. US Capitol Standing as the central point of interest in the Capitol Complex, The United States Capitol is considered to be one of the most architecturally impressive buildings in the world. The Capitol is actively used by United States Congress and receives approximately 3.5 million visitors every year. Tours of the Capitol building and the grounds (which includes six congressional office buildings, the Supreme Court Building and the U.S. Botanic Garden) are offered frequently. Address: . Washington DC. Phone: 202 224-3121
  13. Washington Monument is a large, white-colored obelisk at the west end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It is a United States Presidential Memorial constructed for George Washington. The monument is among the world's tallest masonry structures, standing 555 feet (169.29 m) in height and made of marble, granite, and sandstone.
  14. Washington Other contains some of the more interesting sights and scens around Washingtom D.C.
  15. White House is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the White House stands as an omnipresent symbol for the entire county. As the residence of the President its architectual beauty is only surpassed by its historical and cultural significance. All White House tours, ranging from self-guided tours to tours for the visually and hearing impaired, are free. There are no tours on Sunday and Monday. Address: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington DC USA 20500. Phone: 1 202 456-2200 At the White House Visitor Center, visitors learn all about the White House at this interpretive center and museum. Exhibits and videos depict the history of the White House, past presidents, the architecture, the furnishings and other interesting facts. Address: 1450 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington DC USA. Phone: 202 208-1631.

  1. Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington DC is open weekdays to the general public from 9am to 10:45am and 12:30pm to 2pm, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing allows visitors to see how money is made. During peak season (March through August), tickets are required and are given on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets are offered on the same day only and the booth opens at 8am.
    Address: 14th & C Streets SW Washington DC USA 20024. Phone: 202 874-8888
  2. Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park, stretching 184.5 mi (297 km), the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park once acted as a lifeline for communities and businesses along the Potomac River. Today the canal acts as a recreational destination, offering mule-draw boat trips and trails to hike, bike and jog on. The main entrance, visitor center and coach parking is located in Great Falls, Maryland, just outside Reston. Address: 1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100 Hagerstown MD USA 21740-6620. Phone: 301 739-4200
  3. Decatur House is one of the oldest surviving homes in Washington, DC and one of the only three remaining residential buildings in the United States designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the father of American architecture. Built in 1818, this museum is just steps from the White House and offers a glimpse into nearly 200 years of Washington history. The museum is open daily. Address: 1610 H Street NW Washington DC USA 20006. Phone:` 202 842-0920
  4. Dumbarton House was built in 1800 and is a fine example of Federal-period architecture. The museum houses 18th- and 19th-century furniture and decorative arts. Address: 2715 Q Street NW Washington DC USA 20007-3071. Phone: 202 337-2288
  5. Folger Shakespeare Theater Library is home to the world's largest Shakespeare collection and is also known as a venue for exhibitions, literary programs and the performing arts. Guided 90-minute tours are offered daily at 11am, with an additional tour on Saturdays at 1pm.
    Address: 201 East Capitol St. SE Washington DC USA 20003. Phone: 202 544-7077
  6. Georgetown University is the oldest Catholic university in America, Georgetown University is a major international research facility offering over 90 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs on three campuses. Overlooking the Potomac River, Georgetown University is minutes from the White House and the Capitol in Washington, DC. Address: 37th and O Street NW Washington DC USA 20057. Phone: 202 687-0100
  7. George Washington University is the largest University in Washington, DC. They offer many sports teams, including hockey, bowling, wiffleball, racquetball, volleyball, soccer, tennis and more. The University has a total of 7,000 undergraduates. Known for being the top 100 private research institution. Address: 2121 Eye Street NW Washington DC USA 20052. Phone: 202 994-1000
  8. Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens feature an impressive array of waterlilies, hyacinths, bamboo, lotuses and other water plants. Guided tours are available. The garden is open daily from May through early fall from 7am to 4pm and the visitor center is open from 8am to 4pm daily (9am to 4pm April through September). Address: Anacostia Avenue & Douglas Street NE Washington DC. Phone: 202 426-6905
  9. Lafayette Square surrounds the White House and encompasses 7 acres (2.8 ha) between 15th and 17th Streets NW. Over the past few centuries, the square has been the site of a zoo, a race track, a graveyard, a slave market and an encampment for soldiers during the War of 1812. Address: 16th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington DC USA. Phone: 202 208-1631
  10. Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural building and serves as the research arm of the Congress. Featuring millions of books, manuscripts, photographs and recordings, this is the largest library in the world. Guided tours are available at half-past each hour (except noon) every Monday through Friday from 10:30am to 3:30pm. Tours are also offered on Saturdays from 10:30am to 2:30pm. The library itself is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Address: 101 Independence Ave SE Washington DC USA 20540. Phone: 202 707-5000
  11. National Aquarium in Washington DC is open daily from 9am to 5pm, The National Aquarium features impressive displays of colorful fish, alligators, sharks, piranhas and more. Feedings take place daily at 2pm. Address: 14th Street & Constitution Avenue NW Washington DC USA 20230. Phone: 202 482-2825
  12. National Arboretum. The US National Arboretum is a living museum that occupies 446 acres of land. This attraction includes gardens featuring aquatic plants, asian collections, groves of state trees, and herb gardens. The Arboretum also offers special events and education opportunities.
    Address: 3501 New York Avenue NE Washington DC USA 20002-1958. Phone: 202 245-2726
  13. National Archives is a must-see attraction for historians in Washington, DC, as it houses important government documents like the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and more than three billion records. Visitors enjoy perusing the changing exhibits and group tours are available by appointment. The National Archives are open daily from 10am to 5:30pm, except on Christmas. Extended hours are in effect during the summer. Address: Between 7th & 9th Streets on Constitution Avenue NW Washington DC USA. Phone: 1 202 357-5000
  14. National Mall is surrounded by the Smithsonian Institution Museums, the National Archives, the National Gallery of Art and the U.S. Botanic Gardens, this beautiful verdant park spans 2 mi (3.2 km) from the U.S. Capitol to the Washington Monument. Address: Between Constitution & Independence Avenues SW Washington DC USA. Phone: 202 485-9880
  15. National Postal Museum Featuring an exciting collection of airmail planes, mail trucks, stagecoaches, rare stamps, letters, a Pony Express exhibit and so much more, the National Postasl Museum is an ideal place to visit when in Washington DC. This museum is part of the Smithsonian Institution and is open daily from 10am to 5:30pm, except Christmas Day. Admission is free and group tours are available by appointment. Address: 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE Washington DC USA 20560-0570. Phone: 202 357-2700
  16. National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. This Roman Catholic Shrine contains the largest collection of contemporary Christian art in the United States in over 60 chapels and oratories. Masses and confessions are held several times a day. Free tours of the Shrine are available.
    Address: 400 Michigan Avenue NE Washington DC USA 20017-1566 Phone: 202 526-8300
  17. National Air and Space Museum The National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution is home to the world's largest collection of historic air and spacecraft. The museum's numerous galleries include important topics such as rocketry, lunar exploration and military aircraft.
    Address: Independence Avenue & 6th Street Washington DC USA 20024. Phone: 202 633-1000
  18. National Zoological Park of the Smithsonian Institution features more than 5,000 exotic animals ranging from Sumatran Tigers to Komodo Dragons. The zoo also hosts many exhibits such as the invertebrate exhibit, a plant reproduction exhibit, a cheetah exhibit and many others.
    Address: 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington DC USA 20008. Phone: 202 673-4717
  19. Old Post Office Pavilion is noted as one of the top attractions in Washington, The Old Post Office Pavilion houses shops, restaurants and a large clock tower that offers stunning views of the city. Address: 1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington DC USA 20004. Phone: 202 289-4224
  20. Old Stone House in Washington DC was built in 1765, The Old Stone House is the oldest house in Washington. Tours are offered by Park Rangers year-round every Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 4pm. The home is closed on all federal holidays. Address: 3051 M Street NW Washington DC. Phone: 202 426-6851
  21. Pope John Paul II Cultural Center. Through state-of-the-art technology, art exhibits from the Vatican Museums, and cultural programs, the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center provides visitors of all ages and denominations an opportunity to explore various faiths and cultures. The center is open Tuesday - Saturday (and holiday Mondays) 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sunday noon - 5 p.m. Address: 3900 Harewood Road Washington DC USA 20017. Phone: 202 635-5400
  22. Potomac River is Often referred to as the Nation's River, since it runs through the capital city of Washington DC, the Potomac River is known for its historic, recreational and scenic significance. Beginning as a small spring in Fairfax Stone, West Virginia, this river flows for more than 380 mi (612 km) to Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Address: WV, DC, MD. Phone: 301 984-1908
  23. Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Memorial Stadium is where The Washington Nationals, a Major League Baseball team, call RFK Stadium home. Address: 2400 East Capitol Street Washington DC USA 20003
  24. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center is a popular Washington DC historic site and free guided tours are offered every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11am. Tours begin at the concierge desk. Self-guided walking tours are also available. Address: 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington DC USA 20004-3002. Phone: 202 312-1300
  25. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington DC Featuring stunning architecture, a rich history and beautiful sacred space, the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue provides a Jewish presence and meeting space in Washington, DC. Services are held on Fridays and Saturdays.
    Address: 600 I Street NW Washington DC USA 20001. Phone: 202 408-3100
  26. Shiloh Baptist Church of Washington. The historic Shiloh Baptist Church of Washington serves the Shaw community and the Great Washington Metropolitan area. A variety of services are held throughout the week and the church features two choirs.
    Address: 1500 9th Street NW Washington DC. Phone: 202 232-4200
  27. St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington DC was Established in 1840, St. Matthew's Cathedral is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington. Masses are held every day, with some accompanied by the organ, Gregorian Scholars or the contemporary choir. Address: 1725 Rhode Island Avenue NW Washington DC USA 20036. Phone: 202 347-3215
  28. Tudor Place and Gardens is located in the heart of Georgetown, the 200-year-old Tudor Place houses the largest public collection of George and Martha Washington objects outside of the Founder Father's home. The home also features a beautiful 5.5-acres (2.2-ha) garden. Tours led by docents are offered, as well as self-guided garden tours. Address: 1644 31st Street NW Washington DC USA 20007 Phone: 202 965-0400
  29. Verizon Center is home to the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Washington Mystics of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL), concerts and much more, Verizon Center is located in downtown Washington, DC. Address: 601 F Street, NW Washington DC USA 20004. Phone: 202 628-3200