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Washington DC Visitor's Guide

Washington DC Visitor's Guide



There are so many things to do in Washington DC, and most for free, that I could not simply include them all in this presentation. This brief introduction to what you can do in the nation's capital ...

There are so many things to do in Washington DC, and most for free, that I could not simply include them all in this presentation. This brief introduction to what you can do in the nation's capital should spark your interest into planning a stellar trip to DC!
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    • Washington DCOur Nation’s Capital
    • Memorials Free Museums!Monuments HistoryCulture Politics
    • Public Officials www.house.govLook up your representative by zip codeFrom their page you can request tours to  The White House US Capital Mint Supreme Court Pentagon Kennedy Center*Tour requests are not guaranteed and subject to background check approval
    • Getting Around Town Tourmobile Sightseeing Bus http://www.tourmobile.com/pdf/brochure.pdf http://www.tourmobile.com/pdf/map.pdf Get on and off all day long for one fare. Great for getting to further out locations such as the Jefferson and Roosevelt Memorials. Nighttime tours also available- ask at kiosk inside Union Station Metrorail Subway www.wmata.com Timetables, routes, rates Walking ! !
    • http://www.wmata.com/rail/docs/colormap_lettersize.pdf? Look for these pillars to enter the Metro Stations. The color bands around the top indicate the subway line servicing that station. Double circles on the map indicate transfer points
    • Interior of Smithsonian Subway Station Doors. Closing. Step Back. Please Allow the Doors to Close See it? Say it.
    • Best interactive 3D map of the city! http://dcpages.com/Tourism/Maps/Washingtong_DC_Map/http://www.nps.gov/PWR/state/DC/upload/NPS-Map-Washington-DC.pdf Detailed Map of the city for printing
    • The Capitol is opento the public for guidedtours-conducted 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon-SatVisitors must obtain freetickets for tours on afirst-come basis, at the CapitolGuide Service kiosk located alongthe curving sidewalk southwest ofthe Capitol (intersection of FirstStreet, S.W., & Independence AveTicket distribution begins at 9:00a.m. daily.http://www.aoc.gov/cc/visit/index.cfm
    • Daily tours available. Access to Jefferson Reading Room for research is by special reader’s card only, it can be obtained in the Madison Building www.loc.govLibrary of Congress 1st & Independence Streets
    • The Supreme Court http://www.supremecourtus.gov/visiting/visiting.html The Supreme Court offers a variety of educational programs. Exhibits, which are changed periodically, and a theater, where a film on the Supreme Court is shown, are located on the ground floor. Courtroom lectures are held every hour on the half-hour, on days that the Court is not sitting, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and concluding at 3:30 p.m. 1st & East Capital Street, down the road from the Library of Congress. The building is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is closed Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays.
    • 7th and Constitution Streets Arrive early- usual 30 minute wait outside. No flash photography Explore the public vaults, Charters of Freedom, and special exhibits.www.archives.gov
    • Declaration of IndependenceMagna Carta Constitution
    • Arlington National CemeteryTomb of theUnknown Soldier Blue Line Train to Largo Town Center
    • Robert KennedyJohn F. Kennedy and JacquelynKennedy graves at ArlingtonNational Cemetery along side theEternal Flame
    • Vietnam Wall
    • Korean War MemorialThis wall is different fromthe Vietnam Wall in thatetched on the marble wallare faces and not names
    • World WarIIMemorial
    • The Washington Monument is open dailyhttp://www.nps.gov/wamo/index.htm during the summer season from 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M., with the last tour beginning before 9:45 P.M. The days for scheduled closings are July 4, 2009 and December 25, 2009. Washington Monument admission is free, but does require a ticket. The Washington Monument Lodge, located along 15th Street, opens at 8:30 A.M. for distribution of free, same day, timed tickets on a first come first serve basis. One person may pick up as many as six tickets as well as select their preferred ticket time from what remains available for that operating day. All individuals (including children) must have a ticket. During the spring and summer, tickets run out quickly and the line for tickets forms as early as 7:00 A.M.; please plan accordingly. If you wish to reserve tickets, you may do so by visiting the National Park Service ticket website at http://www.recreation.gov, or by calling 1.877.444.6777 for individual tickets or 1.877.559.6777 for group reservations. There is a $1.50 service charge per ticket. These tickets may be picked up at the “will call” window of the Washington Monument Lodge on the day of your tour. Please be aware that during peak season of April-September, tickets frequently are reserved months in advance.
    • 10th & E street Ford’s Theater
    • LincolnMemorial
    • JeffersonMemorial
    • The statue of Eleanor Roosevelt is theonly one in existence of a First Lady
    • To access viewing of the White House South Lawn, enter via 15th and E streets.Looks like a park, has a parking lot and a small building (has a bathroom and snacks as well as White House info) To access viewing of the White House North Lawn, enter 15th and Pennsylvania (street closed to traffic)
    • Public tours of the White House are available. Requests must be submitted through ones Member ofCongress and are accepted up to six months in advance. These self-guided tours are available from 7:30a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Fridays, and 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.Saturdays (excluding federal holidays). Tour hours will be extended when possible based on the officialWhite House schedule. Tours are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Requests can besubmitted up to six months in advance and no less than 30 days in advance. You are encouraged tosubmit your request as early as possible since a limited number of tours are available. All White Housetours are free of charge. For the most current tour information, please call the 24-hour line at 202-456-7041. Please note that White House tours may be subject to last minute cancellation.White House Visitor Center (in commerce building)All tours are significantly enhanced if visitors stop by the White House Visitor Center located at thesoutheast corner of 15th and E Streets, before or after their tour. The Center is open seven days a weekfrom 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and features many aspects of the White House, including its architecture,furnishings, first families, social events, and relations with the press and world leaders, as well as a thirty-minute video. Allow between 20 minutes to one hour to explore the exhibits. The White House HistoricalAssociation also sponsors a sales area
    • Old Post Office Pavilion and Tower- Tower is an alternative to viewing the city when tickets to the Washington Monument are not availablehttp://www.oldpostofficedc.com/1100 Pennsylvania AveShopping/Dinning
    • Smithsonian Museums line the National Mall leading up to the Capitol Dome
    • The National Mall
    • Smithsonian Castle- Visitor InformationFor listing of all museumswww.si.edu
    • Washington National Cathedralhttp://www.nationalcathedral.org/visit/Take the Metro Red Line to Tenleytown/AU station.Exit on the west side of Wisconsin Ave. Approximately1 ½ miles southWoodrow Wilson is entombed in the National Cathedral
    • No photography allowed(they’re watching sodon’t try it!)Admission Chargedhttp://www.spymuseum.org/800 F Street (Acrossfrom the PortraitGallery)
    • National Portrait Gallery Presidential Portraits Modern Art Historical Artifacts Best Art Museum in town
    • National Museum of Crime and Punishment http://www.crimemuseum.org/Admission Charged575 7th St. NW between E and F Streets Inside is the set where America’s Most Wanted is filmed
    • Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade CenterAt the conclusion of WWII, the divided city of Berlin became the focal point of tensionbetween East and West and a symbol of the continuing Cold War.August 1961, East Germany’s ruling Socialist Party constructed a 103-mile long wallsurrounding West Berlin, which had remained “free” since the end of WWII. The wall’spurpose was to prevent East Germans from leaving the east, in search of freedom in thewestern part of the city.On June 12, 1987, President Reagan visited West Berlin, stood before the Brandenburg ”Mr.Gate and sent a message to the General Secretary of the Soviet Union:Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Less than 2 ½ years later on November 9, 1989, the Berlin wall was opened and the city of Berlin was free to unite once again. This section on display was cut from an inner city section of the wall very near the Brandenburg Gate. The graffiti is original and appears as it did on November 11, 1989 when the eastern part of the city was reopened
    • To get to the Zoo Via Metro- Red Line to “Woodley Park/Zoo/Adams Morgan” stop.Get off the escalator, turn around and walk away from the restaurants (north) upConnecticut Ave. Zoo will be up the hill on the right.
    • Food, Shopping, Giftsetc.• Pentagon City Fashion Mall(Blue Line)• Crystal City (Blue Line)• Old Post Office Pavilion• Union Station• Across from Ford’s Theater• Chinatown• Watergate (if open)• Old Town Alexandria
    • Misc. InfoWalk along embassy row http://www.embassy.org/embassies/Woodrow Wilson House located not far from embassy rowHolocaust MuseumPost Office located next to Union StationEastern Market (metro stop) Flea Market open weekendsBehind the scenes tours of Washington Nationals Baseball StadiumSpirit Cruise Lines boat tour down the Potomac to the shore of Mt. Vernon(Green line Metro stop to Waterfront- need to walk to the docks)