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Dupont Circle Attractions

Art and architecture lovers should follow their bliss beyond the National Mall to this culturally historic neighborhood.

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The center of Dupont Circle is marked by a fountain designed by Daniel Chester French and architect Henry Bacon, the co-creators of the Lincoln Memorial. The fountain features sculptures symbolizing the sea, the stars and the wind.

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Dupont Circle Fountain and Park
Near the park's fountain, see a statue of Samuel Francis Du Pont, after which the circle was named.

The perfect place to people watch in this eclectic neighborhood, this traffic circle park was initially landscaped with flowers and trees but in 1921 was replaced with the white marble fountain you'll see today, designed by the creators of the Lincoln Memorial. Three classical nudes on the fountain's shaft symbolize the sea, stars and wind – the life of a sailor. Near the fountain, a statue of Samuel Francis Du Pont, a rear admiral during the Civil War, was erected in 1884.

Founded by Duncan Phillips in 1921, The Phillips Collection in the Dupont Circle neighborhood is America's first museum of modern art.

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The Phillips Collection
View Degas, Cézanne, van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, O'Keeffe and Calder works in this private museum.

You come to the Phillips for special exhibitions, which offer new perspectives on the work of modern artists. But the permanent collection is nothing to scoff at: Degas, Cézanne, van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, O'Keeffe and Calder are among the museum's showcased artists. From October through May, the museum hosts Sunday concerts at 4 p.m., which could include world renowned pianists and violinists.

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Woodrow Wilson House
Tour President Woodrow Wilson's final, Georgian revival home on Embassy Row.

The final home of the 28th U.S. president, this stately, Georgian revival home in the Embassy Row corridor looks the same today as it did when Woodrow Wilson lived here in the 1920s. Take a tour for a crash course on Wilson's life and legacy through a series of rare White House memorabilia and '20s pop culture, including silent films and flapper dresses. Before you go, listen to the Embassy Row audio tour podcast via the Web site to bone up on the area's significance.