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Fort Stevens, located at 13th and Quackenbos St. NW, was one of many forts built to fortify DC during the Civil War. In 1864, it was the site of a battle where President Lincoln briefly came under fire.
Fort Stevens, located at 13th and Quackenbos St. NW, was one of many forts built to fortify DC during the Civil War. In 1864, it was the site of a battle where President Lincoln briefly came under fire.
 

DC Itinerary: Civil War to Civil Rights in 1 Day

Highlights

  • Have breakfast at the Willard InterContinental, where Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote "I Have a Dream"

  • Learn about the establishment of the Freedmen's Bureau at the National Archives

  • Make a moonlight visit to the inspiring Lincoln Memorial

  • PRINT
  • Morning

    Use Cultural Tourism DC’s "Civil War to Civil Rights" downtown walking trail as a guide for a one-day visit. Begin your day with breakfast at the Willard InterContinental, where Lincoln stayed prior to his inauguration, and where Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote his "I Have a Dream" speech. Freedom Plaza, located opposite the hotel, honor’s King’s legacy.

    Afternoon

    Walk down Pennsylvania Avenue to the National Archives. Scan records of Civil War soldiers and learn more about the establishment of the Freedmen’s Bureau. It’s here that Alex Haley conducted the research that led to his landmark work "Roots." From there, it’s a short walk to Ford’s Theatre. Tour the museum that tells the story behind Lincoln’s fateful visit in 1865 and listen in on a ranger-led interpretive program. Follow John Wilkes Booth’s escape route near 9th and F Streets.

    Evening

    Have dinner in Downtown/Penn Quarter/Chinatown neighborhood, then hop a cab to the Kennedy Center, which memorializes the former president by celebrating his passion for the arts. End your day with a moonlight visit to the Lincoln Memorial.

The Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution have been on display since 1952 in a temple of history, the National Archives.
The Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution have been on display since 1952 in a temple of history, the National Archives.
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