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Washington, D.C.

Fort Reno Park

The only Civil War battle in Washington D.C. took place near this highest natural point in the city.
Washington, D.C.

Capitol Building Tunnel System

Members of Congress have traveled between the buildings on Capitol Hill for a century hidden from tourists, press, and storm clouds.
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Bare-Chested George Washington

Perhaps the most scandalous statue of America's first president.
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Watergate Steps

Decades before the scandal, this staircase on the river was a literal "water gate."
Washington, D.C.

Smithsonian Sushi Collection

Seemingly unremarkable items like empty sushi trays, chef hats, and freshness stickers are being preserved so future generations can look back on this beloved cultural import.
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D.C.'s Underground Bald Cypress Fossils

Four bald cypress trees in Lafayette Square, across from the White House, mark the southern edge of a 100,000 year old cypress swamp.
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The Portrait Monument

Rumor has it the uncarved lump behind the three famous suffragists is reserved for the first woman president.
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The Mary Surratt Boarding House

The house where John Wilkes Booth conspired with his co-conspirators.
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Theodore Roosevelt Island

The national park was once a plantation estate.
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Kilroy Was Here

There’s a hidden military meme engraved on the World War II Memorial.
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Albert Einstein Bronze Statue

The beloved statue at the National Academy of Sciences is oh so inviting to sit on.
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Inside the Capitol Dome

The walls of the iconic dome are hollow and have a secret stairway.
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National Building Museum

Fittingly, America's museum of architecture is itself a magnificently designed old building.
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Summerhouse

A hidden gem on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.
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Lincoln Memorial Undercroft

A cavernous three-story, 43,800-square-foot basement that was forgotten about for 60 years.
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FBI Spy House

A painfully obvious spy house sits right across the street from the Russian Embassy.
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Space Window at the Washington National Cathedral

A tiny piece of the Moon is embedded in this stained glass masterpiece.
Washington, D.C.

The Exorcist Stairs

Site of the climactic scene from the classic horror film.
Washington, D.C.

National Capitol Columns

The United States Capitol's former columns still stand.
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New York Herald Monument

There are owls with glowing eyes in Herald Square.
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Grand Central Ceiling Dark Patch

A dark patch of the ceiling at Grand Central Terminal which was not restored is still stained brown by tobacco.
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Giant Needle and Button

There must be a pun in this haystack somewhere...
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Paley Park

A small peaceful park and waterfall tucked amid the urban grind of Midtown Manhattan.
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One Times Square

This historic address is home to the beloved ball and is an almost totally empty building among the most expensive real estate in the world.