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Plaza
“National Mall is a very classy mall. A lot of trendy and high end brand stores will be found there. There are always events going on in D.C. so be sure to leave early in case parking garage is full.”
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Botanical Garden
“If you like plants, green houses, and nature - this is an easy to access and unique experience. This large green house contains unique plants, and is a favorite location to many that work on the Hill and live in the area. ”
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Art Museum
“ Another incredible, free-to-enter, art museum that is particularly interesting because it’s where the Smithsonian displays exhibits of modern artwork. Like the Renwick Gallery, the Hirshhorn Museum is on a rotating schedule of exhibits by modern and contemporary artists from all over the world. Probably the most well-known exhibit that was housed there relatively recently was Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s modern art series. It had some beautiful pieces, sculptures, interactive canvasses, and entire rooms with her art and artistic influence. On any given day, however, one can expect to be thoroughly entranced by the sometimes strange, yet always beautiful, art exhibits on display at the Hirshhorn.”
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Sculpture Garden
“Kick back and groove to the music with sangria in hand at Jazz in the Garden on Fridays throughout the summer, held in the National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden starting May 17. An eclectic mix of DC area jazz musicians lend a soundtrack to one of the city’s most idyllic scenes set around the sculpture garden’s central fountain. This is a free seasonal tradition that you do not want to miss. Check out the lineup and the food and drink offerings.”
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Park
“We can never get enough of the National Mall and surrounding Smithsonian Museums, Tidal Basin, etc. Make a day of it! The only carousel in Washington, DC is located across Jefferson Drive from the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building. There is a popcorn wagon there too. Bring the frisbee!”
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Garden
“A nice place to walk through. During December don't miss the train exhibit - it has miniature DC sights/buildings made out of organic material.”
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Park
“Walking around the North, South, East and West porches of the US Capital is a beautiful stroll. From this vantage point you can take in beautiful vistas of the city. The Union Station Visitors Center os a few blocks from here to the north and is a Metro & Regional Hub for the public transit.”
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Park
“I love this place! It showcases various climate's plant life. It feels like traveling to see the jungle, the rain forest, the dessert and other terrains. My favorite is the Hawaii exhibit. :-)”
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Park
“At the National Mall. Screen on the Green (FREE outdoor movie every Monday night from July to August). Smithsonian Folklife Festival - 1st weekend in July.”
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Park
“Great open air and closed air market. Watch for weekend events. Good food.”
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Scenic Viewpoint
“Constitution Ave is where you will see a lot of the monuments in DC. You can park and hit many of the major ones off of Constitution Ave.”
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Garden
“Located on the second floor of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, the Butterly Pavilion surrounds you with hundreds of butterflies. Chances are high that one will land on you. Definitely worth the $5. The Smithsonian Natural History Museum is also home to the 42 ct. Hope Diamond (It Is PRETTY). ”
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Garden
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Monument / Landmark
“Moving memorial that is part of the Civil War Monuments in Washington, DC, of the National Register of Historic Places. Hauntingly beautiful.”
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Plaza
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