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1. DC Office of Planning

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DC Office of Planning
Surroundings
5
Location
5
Possibility of Parking
5
Wifi
5
Services nearby
5

Address: 1100 4th St SW, Washington, DC 20024, United States

Telephone: +1 202-442-7600

Guy: District government office


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2. United States Capitol

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United States Capitol
Surroundings
5
Location
5
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5
Wifi
5
Services nearby
5

Address: First St SE, Washington, DC 20004, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8:30AM Thu

Telephone: +1 202-226-8000

Guy: Federal government office


Review: "Every landmark in DC is spectacular. We dint do the tour this time so ..."

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Zay McCullough, MSW, LCSW-A: This was the last major attraction I saw during my one week trip here from 12/28/21 to 1/4/2022. You can see the Capital Building from several blocks away. I actually remembered I needed to stop by because I saw it after exiting the Children’s Museum. It was a little after 5pm when we made it there. We say the reflecting pool, which is wider but shorter than the reflecting pool between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. Unlike the latter, the Capitol’s reflecting pool isn’t easily accessible to stuck your feet it. The view, however, was still nice. This was my first time being in DC since I was in elementary school. It was extremely awesome to see the Capitol building. It was ironic that I had just watched Olympus Has Fallen on TV in my hotel just a day prior. Unfortunately, the perimeter of the building is gated off due to the events that transpired a year ago. I’m saddened to see that public access still isn’t available. Of course COVID is an added barrier to tours. Going inside is something that I wanted to do. I did not go to the visitors center that is close by as my son was ready to go back to the hotel, lol. There was a large Christmas tree in the lawn area between the capital building and the reflecting pool. Many people were taking pictures and appeared to be having a good time. I was grateful for the experience because I talked to my son (8) about what goes on in the building, the legislative bodies, and etc. I’m sure he’s forgotten everything we talked about but he can say he seen it in person whenever he does learn about it in school.

Ganindu Madhawa: A place where one can probe into the political history of USA.It is an iconic place and you need to reserve tickets beforehand visiting the place. You will be provided with a guide who give descriptive analysis of the architecture of the place and historical events. 😊

Yusra Nabeel: Such a great experience visiting one of the US symbols. Great place with beautiful reflection in pool.

Ali Shajarizadeh: This beautiful building is a must-see for everyone who visit Washington DC. The building has a long history. The place is where many important decisions were and are made that affects the world.

Nas Sol: The in-depth history of this iconic building is grander than I expected! A true beautiful from the exterior to the interior. I got a sense of appreciation after leaving from here. It can get very packed though so it's recommended you start your day early to beat the crowd. A must see when you're in DC!

Stephen Butler: My first time taking the tour. Our Representative arranged a VIP tour. It was very small and personal. There’s no cost, but if your going to take a tour book it in advance. It takes about 3 hours or so. It was worth the time. Please hit “Like” if this was helpful. Thanks.

Ben Henderson: Really enjoyed the tour inside the Capitol building. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and funny. Really interesting history and beautiful inside. Liked the fact you can then walk through a tunnel to cross over to the library of Congress which again was beautiful.

Keith Roussel: Visiting the Capitol building is fantastic experience. I visited with my family and it was a great opportunity to see some of our nation's history as well as the seat of power of the legislative branch. We booked a tour in advance from out state senator Ted Cruz. Our tour began at his office in the neighboring senate building. From there we took the underground trolly to the capitol building. Our tour guide took us through the various parts of the capitol biding explaining the building, decoration and history. After the tour we were able to view the senate and house of representative chamber. Each was unique. The House had a live reenactment of typical chamber proceedings which was nice, but once the reenactment was finished, we had to leave. The senate on the other hand had no reenactment, but we would stay as long as we like. I sat therefore a while attempting to etch the experience in my memory, which I personally valued more.

blade Galletta: This is a must visit in Washington D.C. The capital building is absolutely gorgeous. In the spring time there are many flowers and trees surrounding it to make it even better. The fountain in the front is very unique and perfect for pictures with the building. They have gates up with guards so you can't get really close. I think they do tours but you would have to research that on the website.

Isabelle Tran: Beautiful architecture from the outside. Recommended to book in advance for a tour. The park outside is a beautiful place to relax after a long day of touring, including some cherry blossom trees.

3. United States Botanic Garden

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United States Botanic Garden
Surroundings
5
Location
5
Possibility of Parking
5
Wifi
5
Services nearby
5

Address: 100 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20001, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: +1 202-225-8333

Guy: Botanical garden


Review: "Either way, make sure you swing by on your next visit to DC!"

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ThePinkfreak805: A really beautiful and enjoyable place! They’ve got some really awesome plant species here! The tropical room is especially great! Not only is it beautiful, but with the humidity you’ll really feel like you’re in the rainforest! Also very cool to see the endangered plants you aren’t likely to see anywhere else.

Sara García: If I could, I would never leave this place. From the moment you approach the building, your can see and, more importantly, smell the wonderful collection of plants everywhere. My all-time favorite part of the grounds, the section I visit every time I'm in DC. is the nook in Zone 5 with the carnivorous plants- something you definitely don't see every day! Find a bench to rest in your favorite zone, track down every single species of plant, learn about different gardening techniques, or hang out in the canopy walk of the rain forest to catch some awesome views of the city. Either way, make sure you swing by on your next visit to DC!

Alex Navarro: Always lovely. The inside and outside gardens are full of flowers. Great place to take kids. They even have a children’s garden where kids can plant something and water it. So cute! You can spend a lot of time here if you like, but you can also easily see everything in about an hour.

Richa Rashmi: This is such a delightful retreat for an afternoon lunch or just a date in the different ecotones of the world. You could walk into a completely tropical climate full of tropical trees that have terrace views, or walk into a desert of cactus. There’s a section on medicinal plants followed by rare and endangered species which is mind blowing. I absolutely loved my shortest trip to Hawaii and then to a garden of orchids and roses. Be sure to checkout the inner and outer gardens. There are interesting wall murals of tea from China and other such use. But the most amazing part was the TOILET. Yes, you heard it right. It’s full of ornamental plants that smells amazing and the sound of water and birds will make you feel you’re in the cleanest part of the world, unlike what public restrooms are known for.

Colten Adams: The BEST indoor botanic garden conservatory I've ever been to. The ceilings are incredibly high and there are catwalks to walk high above the plants. It is very hot and humid inside so I'd recommend dressing light. If you enjoy plants I would highly recommend these botanic gardens. The exterior gardens are not the best I've seen, but the indoor ones definitely are.

Jeremy Andra: The botanical gardens are a beautiful hideaway from the normal everyday views of the world. An amazing display of some of the wonderful offerings this world has to offer in the way of beautiful plants and miscellaneous greenery. We were shocked to find there is no charge to see any of this and would highly suggest you stop in and check it out.

abdiel blas: I have had a great experience here. The gardens are very well kept. Nice place to get fresh air or as a romantic date. I will say they may need a little bit of better signage to let you know exactly where you're at. I found it a little difficult to read the map with the numbers. Other than that I highly recommend Botanic Gardens!!!

Ryan Brunk: Good staff outdoor gardens were very nice. I was a little underwhelmed with the size of the greenhouses but they were extremely well cared for. The whole facility indoor and out showed the care of its staff. Most impressive collection is orchids but pay attention as they are spread all over the facility. Don't forget to look up as well as down.

Hyo Jin Moon: Beautiful garden that is open to the public for free. There are spots where you can sit and enjoy the weather and also the indoor green house that has so much to see (and learn. Lots of educational components). I highly recommend visiting here with kids of all ages.

Ben Matthews: If you’ve spent the day walking up the mall and around the museums, then this is a fantastic place to unwind. The glasshouse is beautiful in its own right, and features plants from many different climates. And the outdoor gardens are equally lovely. Definitely worth a stop if you’re near the Capital Building.

4. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Surroundings
5
Location
5
Possibility of Parking
5
Wifi
5
Services nearby
5

Address: 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl SW, Washington, DC 20024, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: +1 202-488-0400

Guy: Museum


Review: "This is a must stop in DC. Powerful, somber. Tragic."

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The Maldonado’s: The Holocaust is one of those historic atrocities that we shouldn’t forget. This memorial is well thought out, planned and kept. Come with time to spare because there is lots to see, learn and explore. Find the password before you hop in the elevator and start your journey as a Jew prisoner.

Karol Dabrowski: As I'm Polish this was must to see museum. I was very pleased with the layout and information. You don't feel good once leaving this place but that's what you should feel... Holocaust is a fact that should make us thinking!

Tiffany Brandell: The most gut-wrenching experience, but the displays are full of such an incredible amount of history. You don't have a choice but to learn something, and we all should learn something from this place. Highly recommend visiting at least once, and you should definitely try to reserve tickets ahead of your visit.

Heidi Benson: This was my dream: to pay my respects "in person" to millions of people who might have made our world better. I will always question WHY? did this happen? HOW? The museum is informative and laid out in a sensitive fashion. I keep reading books in an attempt to understand, but I'm not sure I ever will. Thank you, Washington D.C., for making this available to the world, and at no cost. It's a beautiful tribute to beautiful lives so needlessly lost.

Roberto J. Fajardo: This is a must stop in DC. Powerful, somber. Tragic. But we must remind ourselves every now and then do that we use our voices and actions to stop evil before it gains power. It only cost $1 to get in. Excellent organization. Permanent exhibit is informative and has a lot of "artefacts" to support the message.

Robert Wagner: A story that must be told. Devastatingly real. MAYBE A TICKET HACK: I could not get daily tickets that became available at 7 AM. The program kept telling me that they were not available for the day. I noticed the program kept mentioning somthing about purchasing tickets previously. So I went in a purchased them in advanced for a dollar a piece then I went back to the tickets that were available for the day at 7 AM and the program let me buy the tickets for that day. I guess since I had already purchased tickets previously the program had me in the system. I hope this helps anyone trying to get tickets at 7 AM.

kevin haughey: Everyone should experience this, understand what happened, how it happened, and never forget. Blindly following a government or charismatic leader can be tragic. Not speaking up when it begins can be deadly.

Sahil Singh: I had to travel all the way to USA (from India) to realize how easy it is to divide people. How false propaganda turns people into monsters in the name of psuedo nationalism. To realize how unfortunate my people back home are to still have the seeds of division still deeply rooted. How sad it is to see a society divided on religious and communal lines. It's important to remember the past so that we may not repeat the mistakes. This is the aim of this memorial is to tell aloud the atrocities that were mete to these people. The people who perished (millions died), and the ones who were damaged beyond repair. This is a reminder of the time men like you and me turned against his own brethren. Reminder of a man who in the name of taking the country forward pushed the world back to a primitive time, when barbarism was common, and cruelty was the way of life. We want a better society, but at what cost? I see xenophobic leaders gaining popularity around the world, and it fills my heart with despair. A note on permanent exhibition. The museum has 2 parts - the permanent exhibition, and rest of the museum. The former requires tickets. The tickets are limited and get over soon. You can either book in advance or can get same day tickets. For same day tickets you'll either have to visit their website at 6 in the morning, or be at the museum at 9.45 am. For booking online, their website redirects to a third party website. I started trying to book right at 6, but the website started showing tickets as available more towards 6.10. The tickets if collected at the museum are free, if booking online, you'll have to pay 1$ per head. There are certain people who are exempt from needing to buy tickets - veterans, etc. Also, when in permanent exhibit keep in mind that it spans across 3 floors, I did the mistake that I spent most of the time on the first level itself, and didn't get time for other levels, as museum's closing time approached. There's a lot of stuff to read, so it's easy to lose track of time. In the very first level, there is a 14 minute video shown, which I liked. You may want to see that. Hope your heart feels something when you leave this place, and you move, even if only the slightest bit, away from the notions that divide people.

Anthony Scott: An amazing museum to see, and very eye opening. So many facts, and so many things I have never seen or heard before. You can enter for free, but just get there early enough to get tickets to see the whole exhibit. The museum allows military, police, and fireman in anytime to attend the entire museum, even if all the tickets were given out. A definite must see while in DC.

Curtis Tucker: Beautiful museum. Just felt a little rushed because it was very busy. Wish I could of spent more time viewing each and every part of the self guided tour without feeling like I was "hogging it" from people behind me. But I loved it otherwise. It was a heartbreaking and enjoyable educational experience at the same time.

5. Washington Monument

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Washington Monument
Surroundings
5
Location
4.8
Possibility of Parking
4.5
Wifi
4.5
Services nearby
5

Address: 2 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20024, United States

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 10PM

Telephone: +1 202-426-6841

Guy: Monument


Review: "Don't miss a thing plan 3 to 5 days."

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Erika Gardner: This monument is impressive and amazing to visit the grounds are really clean, a lot security around. Great place to walk around, ride a bike, relax, take pictures and/or have lunch from the food trucks. The structure is magnificent piece of Art, the monument is more beautiful in person, I definitely recommend it to anyone. The Washington Monument is an obelisk within the National Mall in Washington, D.C., built to commemorate George Washington, once commander-in-chief of the Continental Army (1775–1784) in the American Revolutionary War and the first President of the United States (1789–1797).

Amol More: This Monument is way bigger in actual than expected. Amazing place to visit in DC and mark it in your wish list. I visited during Cherry Blossom 🌸 festival and enjoyed kite festival as well. Couldn’t go at the top as it needs to have tickets in advanced. This is located in between Capitol and Lincoln Memorial. Flags around the monument make it more beautiful. Just visit, enjoy and make memories.

Ryan: The day we went was a bit of a bad day, but I assume the view would be amazing on a better day. I’m glad they reopened the elevator to the top, because they have an interesting little museum up there too. It surprised me when I approached it in-person, it’s much bigger when you’re up close. I had previously only seen it from afar or online.

John Myers: Dude, so good! Been a long time since I went to the top. Well worth it. Kind of exciting. Get tix at recreation.gov. look at least a few days ahead. Right now only 6 tickets at a time. Great place to make memories.

Daniel Steiminger: Enjoy the view, enjoy the elevator ride down, and good luck in getting your tickets. Wait early in the morning at the Washington Monument Lodge and cross your fingers and your toes you get there early enough to get tickets. I recommend 6:30 am if you are getting same day tickets.

Kristen Alger: You need to get tickets online. When I went to DC they were not giving tickets out. You had to get them online and they were NOT available for that day. Meaning...if you want to go, get your tickets online and in advance. Since this is new (Covid), I went through security alone, went up the elevator with 5 people and we were the only ones at the top! Great views! Plan ahead and ENJOY!

Jeff O: Get your tickets ahead of time before your visit. It's really amazing in person prepare yourself. Going up to the top you'll get some truly amazing pictures.

Dragan Ange: Take the elevator up there to enjoy the beautiful view. There is some info about the Washington Monument: Built in the shape of an Egyptian obelisk, evoking the timelessness of ancient civilizations, the Washington Monument embodies the awe, respect, and gratitude the nation felt for its most essential Founding Father. When completed, the Washington Monument was the tallest building in the world at 555 feet, 5-1/8 inches. Construction of the Washington Monument began in 1848 with enslaved Africans as laborers, according to several sources. Construction stopped in 1854 due to lack of funds, and then resumed from 1877 until its completion in 1888.

Mendy Henderson: If you are flying in from I know the south. You can sit on the left side of the plane and see everything. Like the Lincoln Memorial. Washington Memorial. The white house and so much more. I really enjoyed myself here.

Ashok Patel: This 555 ft marble monument was built to honor the first President of USA, George Washington. The political and military leadership of George Washington was indispensable. This is built in the shape of Egyptian obelisk. This was the tallest building in the world when it was completed. It is still world’s tallest stone structure. You need a timed ticket of an elevator for the observation deck at 500 ft to get a bird’s eye view of the capital. You have to go through the security screening. The Washington Monument is located near the west end of the National Mall, with spectacular views of the National Mall and other important memorials. This Monument has been the witness to the history that shaped our nation. Must visit if you are in Washington DC and if you can manage to get the ticket.

6. National Mall

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National Mall
Surroundings
4.6
Location
4.8
Possibility of Parking
4.3
Wifi
4
Services nearby
4.6

Address: Washington, DC, United States

Schedule: Open 24 hours

Telephone: +1 202-426-6841

Guy: National park


Review: "Perfectly planned city and it serves well as capital of united States."

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LISA HANEY: It's a beautiful place with numerous monuments and museums based on the History of America. Very interesting and informative. Can easily spend a day here by just strolling through the entire area visiting all the memorials. There's a lot of walking involved. It would be a pleasant experience. If you decide to visit the museums, it may take more than a day. So plan accordingly.

Saiprabhu B: It's a beautiful place dotted with numerous monuments and museums throwing light on the History of America. Very interesting and informative. Can easily spend a day here by just strolling through the entire area visiting all the memorials. There's a lot of walking involved, but if weather holds good (not so hot/cold), it would be a pleasant experience. It was slightly drizzling when we were there and so we loved all the walking and could go on and on without getting tired. If you decide to visit the museums, it may take more than a day. So plan accordingly.

Warman Hall: It is simply amazing to be in one spot where you can take a Sunday stroll around a beautiful lake and blooming orchard of trees while seeing some of the most important and stunning monuments in the world! I only wish I had more time on my visit to simply walk around and take in the sights. I got to visit mid-morning on a Thursday in early March so the crowds were not bad at all.

Dr. Michael Shur: National mall is one of the most interesting and enjoyable places to visit in DC and, actually, in the entire country. Museums second to none, great memorials, and lots of tourists. The only blemish, truly embarrassing for our nation, is the toilet facility next to the Lincoln Memorial. Many establishments in Washington, DC, have serious problems with plumbing and sanitation. But this one is even worse than average. My wife and I visited the women an men facility, respectively. The lady’s room had a long queue (that took about 45 minutes) to reach one of three available stalls. The door of one of them was broken. The filth of the place according to my wife’s report could only be matched by the men’ facility with broken facets and suspicious liquid on the floor difficult to avoid. Not even restrooms in Central Park in NYC come close. And you are really well advised to avoid those at all costs if at all possible. --

Gee Queue: They do a pretty good job of maintaining the grounds despite the best efforts of the populace to screw them up. The scale of some of the monuments is difficult to comprehend until you are there in person. I recommend a night tour. They are much more stunning when lit up.

Leilani-Z: Full day of exercise and definitely could spend more days here. We parked at a nearby parking garage, and by the time we got back to the car at the end of the day, we had logged 9 miles. Beautiful and clean, so much to see and learn about. We went to almost all of the monuments and two of the museums. The ice cream / food trucks are great, but the music they play should be banned 🙈

Nikkicole8890: My boyfriend took me here for my first time in DC and I loved it! It was so beautiful and I really enjoyed walking around and seeing all of the monuments and statues! I would love to go back again one day!

Ashok Patel: National Mall is not a “Shopping Mall”. It is a National Park containing iconic monuments and memorials of some of the greatest people and events who shaped America as a nation. This is called the front yard of America and a symbol of democratic values. This is a green lush park between United States Capitol building to Potomac River. Every citizen of US should visit and explore these incredible memorials like Lincoln Memorial, MLK Jr Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Washington Monument, World War 2 Memorial and the list goes on and on. Park rangers offer variety of programs and activities free of charge, otherwise you can explore and enjoy the park in your way and pace. It’s lawns and pathways are mostly crowded by school children, joggers and visitors and tourists from all over the world. This is where the history is made and witnessed. The American forefathers and heroes are honored here who paid ultimate sacrifice for the country. This is the national stage where people gather and movements take place and their voices heard. Everyone should wander here in the tree-lined pathways and take in the scenery and history of America. There is lot of walking involved. This is open 24 hours and you can visit during anytime and enjoy the different beauty at different times.

Joe Hughes: This was our first time in Washington DC. First 3 days it was very hot and humid but over all we had a great vacation. The National Mall was interesting having everything pretty close together in walking distance. It was even more beautiful at night. We are glad that we went.

scott bowman: The museums are always great to visit. Masks are required in all museums, and there are bag checks at all of them, too. There are not many water fountains and no water bottle filling stations in the museums we visited. Hand sanitizing stations are available. There are plenty of food vendors/ food trucks around the Mall. This Is Not A Shopping Mall. This is the strip from the Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial, called The Mall.

7. Library of Congress

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Library of Congress
Surroundings
4.9
Location
4.8
Possibility of Parking
4.2
Wifi
4.9
Services nearby
4.8

Address: 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20540, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8:30AM Thu

Telephone: +1 202-707-5000

Guy: Law library


Review: "If you're in DC I highly recommend attempting to visit"

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Mireille G: Favorite place I visited in D.C.. Words cannot begin to describe how gorgeous this building is inside and out. Every single detail so carefully thought out from the architecture to the art. Definitely go visit if you can, there’s so much to see. Also try and get a library card if you can it’s totally free and a fun souvenir to keep. It’s a legit library card and you can use it to enter the main reading room but you usually need to make an appointment weeks in advance to get in room but the card is a nice memory to keep.

Nicole Pascotescu: Beautiful. Photos will never do it justice, you need to see it in person! It’s literally breathtaking. It’s amazing to just stand in the middle of it and look up in awe. I went on a school trip from DC and it was a great learning experience. But really I’ve never seen such beautiful architecture and design.

Sonya Williams (Wildflowers and Hooyahs): What an incredible experience! It took us about twenty mins to get library cards but it was worth it! We also felt the amount of people there on a Tuesday was weird but it’s popular for a reason. Will def return. The staff were so nice and knowledgeable.

VikinGA: Gorgeous! The national library of the United States and the largest library in the world! Its collections include more than 30 million catalogued books and other print materials in 470 languages. It holds the largest rare book collection in North America, including the rough draft of the Declaration of Independence and one of the Gutenberg Bibles!!!

Ashok Patel: Library of Congress, a national symbol of knowledge is the largest and oldest library of United States established in 1800. This is the research library for Congress and open for public for research only and the books or materials can not be checked out. The library is housed in three buildings on Capitol Hill. The research material is from all over the world in more than 450 languages. The library has more than 160 million items and everyday 10,000 new items are being added. We booked the timed tickets online to visit the library. I couldn’t get the timed tickets 5 days before but some limited tickets are released everyday morning at 9.00 am. Exactly at 9.00 AM I tried and I got the desired time slot. There is no entry fee. As a book lover, it was my dream to visit this unbelievable and incredible heritage library. Anyone can have access to the library if you have Reader Identification Card. The building architecture and the sculptures inside and outside are absolutely stunning. It is very theatrical, heavily ornamented and the decorative paintings and beautiful sculptures place this building among greatest art and architecture in America. The exhibition of photography and about Rosa Parks was very impressive. The mosaics, the frescos and the stained glass work is amazing. Thomas Jefferson’s personal library and the main reading room is great attraction. Unfortunately, we could see the main reading room from high above with limited sight through the thick glass. I wanted to see those millions of books on the shelves as I dreamed off, but what I saw was mostly exhibitions in a museum kind of setting. However, this is a must see attraction.

Richa Rashmi: What an amazing Greek architecture! This place is a jungle of Corinthian columns, a sea of books and a sky of murals. It’s absolutely stunning. Be sure to checkout Jefferson’s own donation of myriad books along with an exhibition of Rosa Park’s works. Also, entry is by appointment only. There’s a book shop that hosts souvenirs ranging from books to crockeries.

Juhi Pac: Beautiful historic building with gorgeous architecture. There are two and a half floors of museum-exhibits of some of the maps and records that the library keeps. Absolutely worth it for the free price and close proximity to South Capitol metro station

Rany SADER: By far, one of the best experiences ever if you are into culture. A fan of books, I loved the place, the heritage, the building and the whole experience. Don’t think twice if you like a Library. One of the best I ever visited.

Jon Scott: This is a must visit while in DC. The architecture and history was worth every minute. Take time to ask a Docent about specifics of the area you are in. Jim (docent) was so knowledgeable and spent ten minutes explaining the sculpture and paintings. The photographic exhibit was a bonus and Tomas Jefferson’s library exhibit was as well.

Alexandra B: A library dedicated to knowledge and education in every way possible. One of my favorite places in DC. Every inch of this building is a tribute to history, the pursuit of knowledge, and the contributions of those who came before us. Note you have to reserve a timed entry pass online in order to visit the library.

8. U.S. Department of State

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U.S. Department of State
Surroundings
4.1
Location
4.3
Possibility of Parking
4.8
Wifi
4.1
Services nearby
4.1

Address: 2201 C St NW, Washington, DC 20520, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM Thu

Telephone: +1 202-647-4000

Guy: Federal government office


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Henry Myers: Not sure the State Department lost my FOIA mail, USPS lost it, or it was stolen. Ask Barry? Seems to be DNA from a family on a jacket way to small for Barry.

Ahmed Sakr: I sent 3 emails over the past couple of weeks because i have a problem with my visa and i didn't get an response!!

Waldo Labuschagne: I am very impressed with the services of the Department of State. They helped me in a special and dignified way.

David Skvirsky: Customer service is absolutely trash. Rude and ignorant people on the phone, trying to get a hold of them for a emergency passport appointment for a family member in critical condition overseas. Fix your customer service, the way their customer service representative treated us over the phone tells me they’re uninterested to help, uninterested to provide information and an appointment. Can’t treat your taxpayers that way.

Isaac Oguji: High-security outfit. You don't get in here without your ID. Several past African leaders and great heros on display at the open museum. It's a huge facility with several offices and board rooms. Cameras are not allowed where there is presence of security agents. I like the fact that all countries with relationship with the US have their flags on display at the exit bay.

Gavin68: I went on a tour of the Diplomatic Reception Room recently. It was an overall nice experience. The reception room is very nice and has many wonderful artifacts. However, the tour ran a little dry at times. But it is a nice tour for anyone who is interested.

J P: Definitely worth the visit! The Benjamin Franklin room is absolutely gorgeous with the 21' ceilings. Exquisite furniture. Magnificent paintings! Thank you!

Marie-B CDA: Sumptuous rooms with many original furniture, paintings, and objects which were the witnesses of the US birth.The view from the balcony is very pleasant.

Eugene C: My favorite tour in DC. The 8th floor is the reception rooms for foreign heads of state. Museum pieces at every turn from the table used at the signing of the treaty of Paris to original portraits of George Washington. Reserve through your congress person.

Ed Sager: Diplomatic reception rooms is a very worthwhile visit. Amazing collection of American antiques. Beautiful place to visit.

9. Organization of American States

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Organization of American States
Surroundings
4
Location
4.6
Possibility of Parking
5
Wifi
4.6
Services nearby
4.4

Address: 200 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20006, United States

Telephone: +1 202-370-5000

Guy: Association or organization


Review: "I love historic buildings in DC. Courtyard is lovely"

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Statuesque Events: As event designers we LOVE this space! We designed the Spirit of Barbados gala in 2017 for the Embassy of Barbados and the ballroom gives an amazing canvas to build on! We love the columns and the overall style. We would love to return to plan and design another event very soon! Photos by Softclick Studios

Janet Hubbard: I’ve been going to my stylist now for 2 1/2 years .. She totally changed my look with a new haircut and color the first visit and I was so happy and satisfied with the new me! She is very talented . Holly is at this salon . It is a beautiful and peaceful environment . Holly definitely gets a 10+++++!

Maricela Chavez Ruiz: Great place to visit. Limited parking, food trucks around the block. Restaurant within walking distance

Gwendolyn Robertson: President Biden was returning home from all his activities that day. So traffic was halted for 30mins. Right in from of this memorial. I watched the presidential helicopter and caravan to end the delay on Constitution Avenue.

Youssef Elkei: Gorgeous location and excellent ball rooms. Highly recommended for large diplomatic receptions and larger formal events.

Brian Bristol: Attended the graduation ceremony of Class 61.

Bob Johnson: I'd give this place 0 stars if I could. Horrible atmosphere. Directly responsible for the ousting of Evo Morales from his democratically elected position. No snacks either. Would not go back.

Marcelo Pereira: One of the most beautiful places in Washington DC!

El Negro Matapacos: They have nice mood lighting, but they also created false claims of election fraud to destabilize the democratically elected president of Bolivia. It's a toss up.

James Lytle: Finally got to see inside the building, and it didn't disappoint. Beautiful lobby/atrium, and amazing great hall. If one gets a chance to visit the OAS on 17th St., one should take advantage of that chance.

10. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

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Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
Surroundings
4.8
Location
4.8
Possibility of Parking
4.8
Wifi
4.4
Services nearby
4.7

Address: 1200 K St NW, Washington, DC 20005, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM Thu

Telephone: +1 800-400-7242

Guy: Federal government office


Review: Their website mentions united states

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Lorrie Roberts: Horrible company to deal with. Good luck getting them to answer their phone, some days I'm in the que behind over 100 people and other days they are so backed up the system doesn't even give me the option to hold. After holding I speak with somebody who typically tells me their missing something they've already received.... thank goodness I keep all records. Then I'm told somebody is going to have to look into it and call me back. They loose documents, they don't keep good notes on issues, they don't call back, and they don't process requests in any semblance of a timely manner.

Rick Arnold: Very difficult to get in touch with anyone. Called 1st thing this morning. I was 13th in the que wait. Got to me in about 10-15 minutes & then I was disconnected. Called back & I was 126 in line. Tried uploading info but the site wouldn't let me upload anything. Very frustrating.

Walter Hurst: When you finally get to talk to someone, they are pretty professional. Today I spoke to both Dallas and Ryan, who were courteous, helpful, and sympathetic. We'll see how much howt much good they can do, but I am cautiously optimistic at this point.

Brian Moniz: unfriendly customer service and poor communication.

mohmohmoh Mohmohmoh: GOOD

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11. Embassy of Australia

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Embassy of Australia
Surroundings
4.5
Location
4.6
Possibility of Parking
4.2
Wifi
4.7
Services nearby
4.1

Address: 1145 17th St Nw Suite GP410, Washington, DC 20036, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8:30AM Thu

Telephone: +1 202-797-3000

Guy: Embassy


Review: "Personally, I believe this should be the United States of America's ..."

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Olivia Nobbs: For anyone applying for a passport in 2022- mine took 4 weeks to arrive. Good experience overall with the DC embassy.

Raj Kumar Thapa: Do Australian Embassy in DC takes walking finger print appointment for VISA. I could not get answer anywherr, I called them 20 times no response.

ikolnookov: Australia is nothing more than banana republic!!!Returning Djokovic just showed how big kangaroos you really are!

Tarun Bakhru: for Indians living in USA, the wait for a business visa is 4-6 weeks. there is no way to expedite the application. Citizens of many countries are allowed to submit applications online but not Indians. (Even citizens of countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan are allowed to submit online applications to get their visa quickly.) After receipt of a paper application it takes 3 weeks for them to enter the application in the system. Secondly, the contact number they provide for visa inquiries does not work at times. even when you get connected, it takes about 30 minutes before someone answers your phone. the agents that answer your call don't know what the paper copy form asks for. They said they will contact me when my application is entered in the system. I had to remind them that they have not captured my email address on the forms to communicate with me. and guess what they told me - I have to send another paper application to tell them what my email address is. For Indians living in India, the embassy charges a hefty $1000 to expedite. This option is not even available to those living outside India. All in all, a very bad experience with the Australia Visa application. I had to cancel my air tickets.

Austin Graff: The Embassy of Australia is a massive building in downtown D.C. on the edge of Logan Circle. Unlike other embassies, this one has a gallery open to the public. You'll need to go through security and have an I.D. ready, but once in, you have access to a small art gallery with some cutting edge art exhibits. If you're in the area, it's worth a visit. It's free!

Aiman Ibrahim: I dealt with the Australian Embassy in Washington last week. I submitted three passport renewal applications for my three children. Indeed, the Passport Office team is very supportive and friendly. They explained to me in very candid manner the need to obtain the correct size and type of photos, the requirements of qualified Guarantor, etc. The team makes you feel home in Australia. Many thanks to all of them.

Iram Ashraf: Worst experience I ever had in my life. The people here don’t even know how to talk with ladies. I came all the ways from Ohio to DC and the guy wo took pictures treated me as i’m his slave. He really need to learn manners first. I don’t know why Pakistan hire such people who don’t even know how to talk. And now even me he was also misbehaving with others. I saw an old lady and he was talking very rudely with her. I DON’T EVEN WANT TO GIVE ONE STAR

me now: A very interesting place . I was short on time , so did not get to see , or learn ,or talk to anyone , as I would have liked .I plan to go back in near futher , when I have a few hours , to spend . Thank you for allowing me to visit

Bianca Dean: Always very courteous and professional. They can't answer specific questions about your case however staff really tried hard to help me & put me on a brief hold to confirm with a supervisor a question I had.

Trent Price: Personally, I believe this should be the United States of America's embassy, with the rest of America being Australian soil. This will also bring good education, and good healthcare.

12. U.S. Department of Transportation

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66 reviews
U.S. Department of Transportation
Surroundings
4.3
Location
4.6
Possibility of Parking
4.5
Wifi
4.9
Services nearby
4.5

Address: 1200 New Jersey Ave SE, Washington, DC 20590, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM Thu

Telephone: +1 202-366-4000

Guy: Department of Transportation


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Carol Macinnes: Very excited about the Tampa Heights project recently approved by USDOT. It is much needed for replacing water pipes, connecting communities divided by I275 through improved transit opportunities, inceasing the safety of intersections, creating bike lanes and Smart Streets. A wonderful investment that will help this area thrive again. Thank you all at USDOT and to the leadership of Secretary Buttigieg and his teams.

badu jabar: Roads policing laws outdated , today's laws can't dissuade anyone. Driving across America is chaotic, wreckless, agressive, dangerous, deadly & nothing is done. We're desensitized to deaths on the road. It's become a spectacle rather than a tragedy. Police cruisers make little difference. We can catch toll cheaters but we can't catch driving offenders. Technology could help, why not use it ? Better roads when unpoliced lead to more risk taking , more deaths.& poor quality of living. We fight for space rather than share it . People will do what they can get away with. DO SOMETHING

Darin James: Great to see USDOT, under the leadership of Secretary Buttigieg, effectively implementing the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Laura Montes: Under Secretary Pete Buttigieg Transportation Department is now well known and has increased its profile.

Buffi Buckley: Secretary Pete Buttigieg and the entire department are getting things done for us. Infrastructure finally means something again.

Bobbie Jansen: I’m so glad there’s finally someone who understands that transportation is about people!

Emily Loats: I love Pete Buttigieg!! Best secretary of Transportation ever!!

Sydney Steinberg: Secretary Pete Buttigieg doing a great job.

Jenn Harder: Secretary Buttigieg is doing a fantastic job!

Akber Alwani: I sent complaint for the transport company and never receive the reply, the phone number they have never work, after 1 hr of being waited the line get disconnect automatically, so we have only this company who can help me for my dispute with moving company and likely they are currently helpless and hopeless.

13. National Museum of African American History and Culture

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National Museum of African American History and Culture
Surroundings
4.4
Location
4.1
Possibility of Parking
4.3
Wifi
4.8
Services nearby
5

Address: 1400 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20560, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: +1 844-750-3012

Guy: National museum


Review: "Plan to spend an entire day."

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Dani Isthebest: The amount of History is amazing. Did you know the tickets come out the first Wednesday of the month before? I figured this out Thursday and could only book a Sunday @1030a. It's about a 2' drive or on the train from DE to DC. We actually lucked up and found free parking but I did see meters other places so check the parking situation. The Museum is gorgeous. To get to the main exhibit is was about a 25 minute wait to get in there. But once in, Wow! Two hours is really not enough time to see it all but it can be tiresome to some with all the walking. This place is also handicap accessible and can provide elevators if needed. Eat before you go or they have a Cafe but it closes around 3p. You must be vaccinated to go into the cafe. NO vaccination required to visit the exhibits.
Response: Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate your enthusiasm for the museum and passion for African American history. Since the beginning of Covid, a limited number of same-day passes are available each day the Museum is open starting at 8:15AM EST. Go to NMAAHC.si.edu/visit to view the availability of passes. All passes are distributed online. We hope you will visit again. We thank you for sharing your personal experience visiting the museum! Thank you for submitting a review. Sincerely, Visitor and Guest Services National Museum of African American History and Culture

Nabou Fall: Powerful, emotional, rich, fair, i learnt so much & i really appreciated the respect for gender diversity. Women are given their place in the history of African Americans as well as the diaspora. Must see. But you need to book even if it's free.
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Janine Howard: It was very very informative, sad at first and then mad as you go along. It's a kuseum that needs to be visited more than once and I can't wait to go back!
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Shaniece Heath: 1st time visiting the museum and I highly recommend viewing the Concourse exhibit if you do nothing else. The concourse is where the Emmitt Till exhibit is located and that did have the longest wait time, but more than worth it. There were so many beautiful artifacts and amazing visuals to go along with some of the images and artifacts. The 1st floor when you walk in was also overwhelming hearing the audio of the slaves saying they rather jump ship than travel to an unknown world without their families!

Tamekia Buckner: Was amazing! 2nd floor was closed, so cannot wait until we return. Got free tickets 1 month in advance from their website.
Response: Dear Tamekia, Thank you for letting us know about your recent experience with NMAAHC. The Museum remains extremely popular, and we are limiting the number of people who can enter the museum for the safety of all visitors and staff. Passes do go very quickly but a limited number of same-day passes are available each day the Museum is open starting at 8:15AM EST. Go to NMAAHC.si.edu/visit to view the availability of passes. All passes are distributed online, there will be no passes available at the Museum. We are glad you've had a great experience with the National Museum of African American History and Culture and plan to return soon! Sincerely, Visitor and Guest Services National Museum of African American History and Culture

Corey Trusty: It was a good trip to the museum. It was fast and easy to get access. I was able to get tickets the day of for the time I wanted. The museum exhibits were done very well and tastefully. The museum is absolutely huge and I would for shire come back. The only issue is the parking in the National Mall is terrible. But overall good experience. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes because you will for sure be getting your steps in and it is a must go!!!

Melvin Thomas: A great museum. Lots of history. Some of the images and artifacts cause sadness realizing the time span of the atrocities, some of them surprisingly recent. Some exhibits also celebrate black contributions, mostly in sports and entertainment. Maybe they will add more black inventors and contributors to the sciences.
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Monique Bonner: I really enjoyed this museum. We easily spent 3 hours in there and didn't see the whole thing. I will definitely be going again but not with a 3 year next time. 🙃
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Valencia Brown: This museum totally captures the horrific moments in time that African Americans endored. Its about time there is a historic National museum that acknowledges that that these events in American history did indeed occur, and the role Americans had in the slave trade. The overcoming of oppression, justice and equality is still a fight, however the advances and contributions made in history from African Americans are undeniable. This museum encompass all of this and more! Highly recommend attending. Best of all, its free!
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Erny Prada: Very humbling experience about the history of the world and the African American suffering. There's also a lot of good reminders about the power of the people, united, to make a positive change, and the neverending battle for equality. One day is not enough to visit this museum. Thanks to those that put this all together, everyone needs to see it.
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14. U.S. Department of the Interior Museum

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U.S. Department of the Interior Museum
Surroundings
4.6
Location
4.7
Possibility of Parking
4.9
Wifi
4.5
Services nearby
4

Address: 1849 C St NW, Washington, DC 20240, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Thu

Telephone: +1 202-208-4743

Guy: Museum


Review: "A must see when visiting, or if you live in DC Beautiful murals, Ansel ..."

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Fatih Demirci: It's open for public visits. There's a thorough security check at the entrance. It's not a very big place, maybe more like an exhibition room than a museum.

Eugene Hall: Very fun and intriguing. I Learned a lot from all the rooms they had out here and managed to learn a lot of neat things!

Scott Walker: Hidden gem of a museum. Look online for the phone number to call for their mural tour, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Incredible art you won't get to see without the tour.

Charles Jones: Gorgeous building with interesting artwork and stores. Museum is very small but the Indian Craft Shop should not be missed.

Rex D: I really enjoyed the mural tour. It's more than worth the price of admission. I only wish we could have seen the penthouse art on the day we visited, but there was some congressional hoopla going on.

Dwight Reynolds: Nice interesting little place, only two rooms. Can see it all in about ten minutes, but must go through security.

BN Scharf: Nice little museum. Awesome Native American gift shop.

Eric Rudberg: Nice little museum explaining the history and the future of the Department of Interior. I was hoping for a little more but it was decent.

Ania Swanson: There is very small two-room museum with short movie, which my kids enjoyed. We were able to walk upstairs and look at some murals that tell history of America. You can request a guided tour of the murals ahead of time. Store is filled with beautiful Native American merchandise. 3 starts because the museum is very small.

Allanah: Museum itself is small. Worth going on Tuesdays or Thursdays for 2 pm tour. The tour of the murals provided by the intern was great, a unique opportunity to tour this building and gain greater understanding of its role and in the city and during Depression One hour free tour. Worth it.

15. US Government Accountability Office

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US Government Accountability Office
Surroundings
4.8
Location
4.9
Possibility of Parking
4.2
Wifi
4
Services nearby
4.9

Address: 441 G St NW, Washington, DC 20226, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM Thu

Telephone: +1 202-512-3000

Guy: Federal government office


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Rose Merree: 6/20/2018 I have given the FBI everything. 4/20/2018 Hi GAO I have made it easy to see how 5 banks defrauded the United States Government & used the United States Courts to do it. They are telling on themselves in both words & action. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. These lovely people research and provide Congress with information so I emailed this office telling it everything going on to my surprise this office CALLED me. The GAO wanted to be sure my rep in Congress knew so they would not be sending duplicate information which would slow down the process. GAO Thank you for what you are doing. 5/20/2018 Hello GAO I mailed you some records. Enjoy 6/05/2018 Thank you for the phone call. It really made my day. I followed your instructions.

Masaki Matsubayashi: (Translated by Google) Headquarters office that oversees federal administration and budget execution audits. The supervision of the bureau located in each state. It is said that the total number of staff exceeds 3,500. (Original) 連邦政府の行政と予算執行の監査を統括する本部オフィイス。各州に置かれている同局の統括。全職員数3500名を超えると言われている。

16. Metropolitan Washington COUNCIL

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Metropolitan Washington COUNCIL
Surroundings
4
Location
4.1
Possibility of Parking
5
Wifi
5
Services nearby
4.1

Address: 777 North Capitol St NE #300, Washington, DC 20002, United States

Telephone: +1 202-962-3200

Guy: Government office


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17. National Archives Research Center

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National Archives Research Center
Surroundings
4.6
Location
4.5
Possibility of Parking
4.4
Wifi
4.5
Services nearby
4.9

Address: 700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20408, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8:45AM Thu

Telephone: +1 866-272-6272

Guy: Government office


Review: "Worth at least one visit to celebrate US history."

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Stacy A: Worth at least one visit to celebrate US history. See the Declaration of Independence, constitution, and bill of rights. Room is dark and cold to help with preservation. No photos allowed at all. Entry was simple enough once I found it and staff was quiet but helpful.

Shine Thomas: Washington DC is a land of museums. You have a lot of places to visit in DC which has a huge number of historical archives. This was one such place with a lot of artifact's to see. One would need around half a day to cover this place, that too if you do it in a hurry. The place has so many sculptures and paintings, including Ginevra de benci the only paining of Leonardo da Vinci in the United States of America.

Rodrigo Gonzalez: An impressive building which was made to preserve the national documents. In the exhibition, you can see The Constitution, The Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights. Congratulations to the staff and curators for such an impressive place. I recommend it.

Dez Davis: Beautiful building and so many things to look at. However, the security personnel are extremely rude and yell constantly. Also, it is a complete free for all to try and see the documents. Everybody crowds around the documents and stands there forever, not allowing anyone else to see the documents. Need to execute a better option of allowing everyone to see the documents fairly.

courtney edwards: The worst place I’ve visited in DC. The staff was rude and pushy with the exception of the employees working in the cafe. I highly recommend visiting the cafe. I was also locked in the building for 10+ and not permitted to leave due to an issue that was not disclosed to guests. I would go to anywhere in DC again except for the National Archives.

Matthew Miller: In reality, you could make a very quick trip here and only see the most important things here--The Constitution, The Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights. With a bit more time, there are other exhibits to see, especially if you are interested in the archiving process and what gets stored in the National Archives. For families with younger children the Boeing Learning Center is a nice place with activities and hands-on materials. The staff there are keen to explain things and are clearly devoted to their vocations.

John Neff: Security staff are a joke, while going through the security screening process two security staff screamed and yelled at my child. They soured what was an anticipated visit to see our nations founding documents into a terrible experience. The security staff needs to take a class on sensitivity training. What an embarrassment to our national treasures.

Wei Hsu: Amazing building and gorgeous architecture.

Nikoloz Gachechiladze: Considering that the place is free, it provides an amazing experience. You can see the originals of American Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence and Constitution all within 15 minutes, if you have planned your route. There are other interesting exhibits, but these three are highlights and definitely worth a visit.

Abigail Carroll: What an amazing place. Though the entrance is a little confusing. It was surreal to actually see The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and The Bill of Rights with my own eyes. I wish we'd had more time to explore. Loved the gift shop

18. The Pentagon

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The Pentagon
Surroundings
4.9
Location
4.8
Possibility of Parking
4.7
Wifi
4.1
Services nearby
4.8

Address: Washington, DC, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Thu

Telephone: +1 703-697-1776

Guy: Federal government office


Review: "The Pentagon Is The Most Secure Building In The United States!"

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Plague Man The Unwise: I tried applying for a job. They kept saying stuff like, "What? NO!!" and "What are doing in my office? How did you get in here?!" and "He's covered in baby oil, I cant grab him!"Hot dogs were soggy too.

Gregg Brennan: Getting kind of run down....the floors need polishing, a new coat of paint wouldn't be bad either. I guess the maintenance budget is only a minute sliver of the yearly 700 billion DOD budget.

Heleen Raes: I've taken the tour 3 times and I always see new parts of the building which is nice! The tour guides are very friendly and are happy to answer (reasonable) questions. Security is stringent but friendly. The appointment confirmation always says you have to be there an hour before your tour, but if you get there 40 minutes before you're totally fine too. And oh, it's usually quite cold in the building (even in the summer) so make sure you bring a sweater!

person that exists: Everything is a bit all existence is for the bit this is a bit ur mom is bit your whole your family all your loved ones are just a bit your whole life are a bit noting more nothing less this is a bit

Pasala Prasad: Not allowed to visit inside, due to week end, due to covid19 pandemic. Police politely guided to place upto which visitors allowed.

karl patureau: I've seen it from the car window twenty-five years ago. Roughly. If my memory serves me well enough. Serviceable, minus the years of debugging. We need to be able to send and receive. Translate. Store and label. Be aware- protocol adapting, rescuers might debug foreign introductions for a boss to God process request. At WCS, robots fighting robots. Required.

Gary Asciutto: Very emotional to be here on 9/11. And then to see the light at 9:00PM sent chills from my heart to my soul. I will NEVER forget!! ❤️

LIL Chicken: Wife got shot worst of all soda was flat. Cool Aliens though.

Kerensta Blacken: We visited the pentagon memorial 10/2018 on school field trip . Be prepared to walk a distance and watch for signs of where you can and can’t use your camera or phone to take photos or videos . The memorial did provide places to sit if needed .

Kaiser PoultryNugget: Why not a hexagon?? Why not Square? Why Pentagon?! Why not Circle? Why not heptagon? Why not Octagon? Why not a Hectogon? Why not a tetrahectagon? Why America!? Answer me!!

19. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Surroundings
4.7
Location
4.4
Possibility of Parking
4
Wifi
4.8
Services nearby
4.6

Address: 10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20560, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: +1 202-633-1000

Guy: Natural history museum


Review: "Plan on spending the day!!!"

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Ian Bozung: The museum is a gem! It's 2 floors, tons of fun interactive exhibits, and it includes over 145 million specimens (99% of which are not visible). There's tons of halls, including mammals, dinosaurs, skeletons, ancient Egypt, human origins, pandemics, and more. Of course there's also the iconic elephant statues in the atrium. I would recommend 2-3 hours, maybe even 4 if you're going thoroughly to see everything. I would highly recommend if you're bored in DC and want something to do.

Luke Chang: Free museum. Great for kids. Lots of interesting exhibits. I went during Cherry Blossom 🌸 peak week so it was pretty crowded on a Saturday. I spent 3+ hours exploring. There’s 3 floors. Definitely recommend. There something for everyone.

Ashok Patel: This is one of the most visited and most popular museums in the world and it’s free (of course from our tax money). The museum has the largest natural history collection (145 million specimens) in the world. It is really interesting, informative and fun to delve into the story of our planet from the beginning and how the life evolved over a period of time. There are excellent exhibits for kids as well for all ages of people. Unfortunately, there is no public parking facility there. If you are lucky, you may get the metered parking otherwise you have to park in the commercial parking garages nearby. There is nice cafeteria with great food in the museum. There are lots of food trucks outside the museum serving variety of food. I loved the exhibit of minerals and gems. There are so amazing pieces of gems and rocks, I bet you have never seen before. There is so much to see that you can’t finish in one day. Some of the exhibits we even didn’t explore due to time constraints. But we will definitely go back and enjoy the same or remaining exhibits. It was busy but not too crowded, we didn’t have to fight for the space. May be it was a weekday, so it wasn’t too bad. This is a must see attraction in Washington DC.

Jennifer Crawford: We had a great time! There was no wait to get in, even with security screenings at the door. It was quite crowded both days we visited, but we were still able to see every exhibit in a reasonable amount of time. Masks are required throughout the building, but that was no issue for us. My 7 and 10yo LOVED all the exhibits and were blown away every time we rounded a corner. I highly recommend it if you're in DC!

Sassy Sauce: Great museum for kids and adults. We went on the weekend and it was packed with people but we were able to move around with moderate congestion. The gift store was reasonable and there was some unique items available. For the little ones, I would bring a stroller if you’re up to pushing it because their legs will get tired. There were places to sit but they weren’t plentiful. The food court was open but we didn’t purchase anything. You can bring your own goods and water inside the museum. There is plenty to see and read for everyone. Highly recommend for families with small kids (probably 2 and up)

Ken Miyakawa: For me was the most impressive collections of specimens from around the world I was able to see I can spend the whole day in here and not be able to watch everything. The dinosaurs bones was my favorite part this place is definitely for the whole family and I will strongly recommend to visit it! This will be in my top five favorite museums for sure. The only thing is they close at 5:30 pm I wish they close later because I will need at least Two full days to cover the whole place.

China Reese: This place is immense. Spent six hours there and still didn't get to see everything. Word to the wise? Plan ahead and tackle the exhibits you want to see the most first. The gemstone exhibit, located on the third floor, features some of the rarest jewelry in the world, including the Hope Diamond. The animal exhibit, located on the second floor, was my favorite as it featured life sized realistic replicas of wild animals. There is a cafe but forewarning, the prices are theme park rates. Food and drinks are not allowed with the exception of water and there is a security point check similar to an airport TSA check to ensure the safety of the public and artifacts. It was incredibly packed when we went so just keep that in mind if and when you decide to go. 10/10

bEp pen: Great museum, fun and informative for all ages, children and adults alike. So much to see. Give yourself a few hours to take in how much there is here. In addition to the Hope Diamond, there is an extensive gem and minerals exhibit. There is something for everyones interest. Best of all, the admission is free! We had planned on seeing both the Natural History museum and the American History Museums of the Smithsonian, but had time for just one that day. Will go back and do the same to properly explore just as we did at the Natural History Museum. It is centrally located from the other Smithsonian museums and very close walk to Smithsonian Metro Station.

Lu: First time in D.C. and loved visiting this museum. Spent 3hrs here enjoying the exhibits. Nice that it’s free so anyone can go to enjoy learning something new. Gift shop is a must too! If you do make the trip I’d say bring a snack or lunch if you don’t feel like buying food there. Unfortunately the Space and air museum was closed due to construction when I was there.

Tri Vo: No joke, one of the best museum I've visited period. There's a little something for everyone. The infos were great, the artifacts cool and beautiful. The whole place is well designed so one can just keep walking and walking without thinking that they are leaving one exhibit to another. But yeah, this place is amazing and would definitely recommend to anyone.

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Address: 600 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20002, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8:30AM Thu

Telephone: +1 202-633-1000

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Review: "They showed even us a lion and leopard!"

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Jean Bell: Free for kids under 2! Took our baby godson here and he loved it! There was even a nice area for children under 2 to play in. It had a boat and little jungle themed play area! We explored the whole place and the people there were very informative. They showed even us a lion and leopard! I took off a star because the rainforest walk through closed off their canopy area for renovations this time we went. Perfect way to spend a couple hours on a rainy day! P.S. The earthquake exhibit and recreation was awesome and informative!

Gayle Schultz: What an excellent adventure it was to visit the Smithsonian Museums! My only problem, was 5 days was not enough time for me. I stayed in a nice hostel walking distance to the museums. A healthy walking distance. Did take a bus a few times. Grateful to everyone that works in all parts of each museum. The hostel offered evening outings in DC, but walking all day I needed to rest when back to the hostel. Favorites were the art museums and the New African American Museum.

Flora Cooper: This is an amazing museum. You can spend the whole day here. The indoor rain forest is impressive. There are butterflies surrounding you and it's just like you're in a real rain forest. There're also many other sections. You can see different types of animals, like jelly fish, various types of butterflies. This is also a white crocodile. In the ocean section, you get to touch sea cucumbers. There's also a cafeteria. You're not supposed to bring outside food in, so you can get food there if you want to eat. The prices are okay, but it's very crowded. It's a good place for adults and kids.

Marcos Lopes da Silva: I went at this museum in 2009, in a trip with my job friends of Brazilian Air Force. That's a Very interesting place to visit. If you like the aviation and space vericles...

Jaime Nava: Great for the kids!Just recommend to come early and bring plenty of water!

Perks Advisor: The Smithsonian Castle is one of the many Smithsonian buildings located on the Mall. It is fun to view with its unique architecture and the beautiful garden that surround the Castle. Often times tourists are more focused on the other Smithsonian Museums but this is a great one to relax or to eat outside nearby.

Jonathon Koerner: This museum is someplace I remember going on field trips for the day. The overall size is quite large to do in one session unless you stay on course. I love all the information they have available, and some interactive areas. The food is expensive, but what do you expect on dc. I find it’s more of an experience to get food outside from one of the local trucks(falafels are good). As many people have commented you may need to buy tickets ahead of time during the covid era.

Daniel Bruce: I mean, you need like a month to see everything, there is just so much and it is all good and educational. Plan on at least a week here.

Michael Kojetin: World class museums but extremely subpar mismanagement and handling of reopening. Don’t even waste your time trying to get a “timed” ticket for entry as they are impossible to get for most museums. First only a handful are released for each day a month prior. They offer “limited” tickets each day online at 11am but they are next to impossible to get. My wife and I have tried for several days during our stay in DC to get one. The technology behind their allocation system is broke. Two days in a row my wife and I simultaneously tried to follow the cumbersome instructions to get a ticket and we were both met with web page error codes and glitches that prevented our completing the ticket process. We were able to get tickets to the Air and Space museum with a last minute timed ticket and the museum was great however the reasoning behind the time tickets is fundamentally flawed and does little if anything to protect the patrons or employees from anything COVID related. They need to reopen completely and get rid of this timed ticket nonsense. For an institution staffed with the words best academics I would have expected a much better handling of this!

Charles Simmons: This is the first time our sons have visited DC (both LOVE history). Would've loved to visit the museums. Unfortunately all museums are limited attendance and no tickets were available. Not a good first time visit. :(