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Washington, D.C.

National Academy of Sciences

For 60 years, the academy had no permanent location until members voted Washington D.C. as its forever home.
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Congressional Garbage Tunnel

The tunnel under the Capitol Building where Congress takes out its trash.
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Inaugural Parade Center Line

A line of blue paint marks the route of the inaugural parade.
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Senate Corncob Capitals

Corn-inthian columns with a uniquely American take on neoclassical architecture.
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Washington Monument Marble Stripe

Look closely and you’ll notice that the color changes a third of the way up the tower.
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D.C. War Memorial

An overlooked memorial honoring the local Washington residents who died in World War I.
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Watergate Steps

Decades before the scandal, this staircase on the river was a literal "water gate."
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The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations' Millennium General Assembly

Light bulbs, scrap wood, and tinfoil comprise this homemade throne of the gods.
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Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Vega

The "lovely red Vega" of the legendary record-settling pilot.
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Uncle Beazley the Triceratops

A celebrity from the late Cretaceous period.
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Theodore Roosevelt Island

The national park was once a plantation estate.
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Starship Enterprise NCC-1701

The actual model from the original "Star Trek" series is now on display at the National Air and Space Museum.
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Renwick Gallery

The first purpose-built art gallery in the United States is once again open as a center of craft arts.
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Sergeant Stubby

The most decorated dog of WWI is preserved in the Smithsonian for his heroism.
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Albert Einstein Bronze Statue

The beloved statue at the National Academy of Sciences is oh so inviting to sit on.
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Inside the Capitol Dome

The walls of the iconic dome are hollow and have a secret stairway.
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National Building Museum

Fittingly, America's museum of architecture is itself a magnificently designed old building.
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Summerhouse

A hidden gem on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.
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The Capitol Stones

Enormous piles of historically significant stones, dumped by Congress in a forest, and abandoned for 60 years.
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Space Window at the Washington National Cathedral

A tiny piece of the Moon is embedded in this stained glass masterpiece.
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National Bonsai Museum

One of the dwarven trees dates back to 1625 and survived the Hiroshima bombing.
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International Spy Museum

“They say you're judged by the strength of your enemies”—James Bond, Quantum of Solace.
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The Exorcist Stairs

Site of the climactic scene from the classic horror film.
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National Capitol Columns

The United States Capitol's former columns still stand.