The Metro Center station is the heart of the Washington area’s sprawling Metrorail station, which transports hundreds of thousands of commuters, tourists, and other passengers every day.
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Pictured: Downtown DC - Corner of 10th and F Streets
Downtown Washington is an increasingly popular shopping and dining destination, and not only for the workers in its office buildings.
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Pictured: Chinatown - Corner of 7th and H Streets
Washington’s Chinatown, anchored by the colorful Friendship Arch, is compact but features several Chinese restaurants. The nearby Verizon Center arena has brought new development and many non-Asian restaurants and shops to the area in recent years, but its heritage is celebrated every winter at the Chinese New Year Parade.
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Pictured: National Building Museum
Since 1985, the National Building Museum (401 F St. NW) has offered fascinating exhibits on architecture, engineering, and design. Its building was constructed in the 1880s and originally housed the United States Pension Bureau. Its central Great Hall is one of Washington’s most stunning interior spaces with its soaring ceiling and grand columns, and often hosts events such as Inaugural Balls. Its “Building Zone,” where young lovers of trucks and construction can play with a wide variety of blocks, costumes, and vehicles, is especially popular with families.
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Pictured: International Spy Museum
Aspiring James Bonds and Jason Bournes will find the International Spy Museum (800 F St. NW) a must-visit.
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Pictured: International Spy Museum
The International Spy Museum presents the world’s largest collection of artifacts related to international espionage. Visitors learn about the secret techniques and intelligence work that has shaped world history, from the Greek and Roman empires, through the Civil War, World Wars and Cold War, and up to the present day fights against terrorism and cyber attacks.
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Pictured: Penn Quarter Farmers Market
The Thursday afternoon Penn Quarter FreshFarm Market, (8th St. between D and E Streets NW) serves both tourists looking for snacks, and office workers looking for something to cook for dinner.
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Pictured: Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery
The Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery may be off the Mall and away from their fellow Smithsonian museums, but are no less worthy of visits. The two museums share one building, seen here from above, which takes up an entire city block bounded by F, G, 7th and 9th Streets NW, and was built in the mid-19th century to serve as the U.S. Patent Office.- Photo by Foster and Partners, Nigel Young
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Pictured: Smithsonian American Art Museum
The Greek Revival-style building is a National Historic Landmark. During the Civil War, it served as a barracks, hospital, and morgue. It was nearly demolished in the 1950s, but President Eisenhower signed legislation transferring the property to the Smithsonian Institution.- Photo by Timothy Hursley
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Pictured: Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
The Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard sits between the two museums and is an attractive destination in its own right. The glass canopy ensures a comfortable visit rain or shine, and the space offers not only refreshments and a calming fountain, but also free public WiFi access.- Photo by Timothy Hursley
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Pictured: Taste of DC
The Taste of DC festival, held on Pennsylvania Avenue each fall, is a major attraction for foodie visitors. Dozens of area restaurants offer samples of their best dishes, while live bands entertain the crowds.
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Pictured: National Independence Day Parade
Washington’s wide, majestic avenues host many holiday parades, from St. Patrick’s Day to Memorial Day. Here, Independence Day is celebrated in the nation’s capital.
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Pictured: The Newseum
News junkies will enjoy a visit to the Newseum (555 Pennsylvania Ave NW) , a museum dedicated to the history and present of journalism. It is operated by the Freedom Forum, a nonpartisan foundation that promotes the values of the First Amendment and freedom of the press. You can enjoy one of its most popular exhibits without buying a ticket – a gallery of newspaper front pages from around the world that is updated each morning – but visitors to the interior will also see such interesting items as sections of the Berlin Wall, media coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and a gallery of Pulitzer Prize-winning photogra- Photo by James P. Blair
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Pictured: Farragut Square
Farragut Square, just north of the White House, is one of the many small city parks administered by the National Park Service. The statue at the center depicts Civil War Union admiral David G. Farragut. On weekdays at lunchtime, the park is one of the best spots to sample the wares of Washington’s rapidly growing fleet of food trucks.
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Pictured: White House West Lawn
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW is the country’s most famous address – the location of the White House, which serves as both residence and office to the United States president. Every president since John Adams has lived in the executive mansion. Public tours are available but passes must be arranged well in advance through one’s Congressional representative’s office (or embassy, for citizens of foreign countries).- Photo by Mary A. Behre
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Pictured: 2009 Inauguration Crowds
Every four years, partisan crowds throng the city to celebrate the presidential inauguration, traditionally held on January 20. These young women are attending the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama. Supporters brave chilly weather to witness the swearing-in and Inaugural Parade, then many dress up later to attend Inaugural Balls.
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Pictured: Farragut Square
Connecticut Avenue leads northward from downtown’s Farragut Square up to Dupont Circle, and then to the more residential neighborhoods of Northwest Washington.