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The Thomas Jefferson Memorial is modeled after the Pantheon, a nod to the statesman's passion for Roman democracy.

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History & Heritage

From the founding fathers to Martin Luther King, Jr. to today’s president, Washington, DC is a city steeped in history -- and history in the making. Explore the city’s museums and memorials, and discover the history of a nation.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
A shot of the Washington Monument at dusk. The obelisk is closed for repairs until 2014.
Discover the stories behind the people and places of the nation's capital.
The Inauguration takes place on the U.S. Capitol's west front, allowing for a large number of spectators to gather on the National Mall and witness history.
Walk in the footsteps of U.S. presidents with these only-in-DC experiences.
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.
Explore DC's deep connections to the Civil War and the civil rights movement in this three-day itinerary.
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