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Washington, D.C.

Rayburn House Office Building

One critic described it as "middle Mussolini, early Ramses, and late Neiman-Marcus." Another called it an architectural "natural disaster."
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Inaugural Parade Center Line

A line of blue paint marks the route of the inaugural parade.
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Site of the Union Station Train Crash

A 1,100-ton train fell through the floor in 1953. Workers got it patched up in just 72 hours.
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D.C. War Memorial

An overlooked memorial honoring the local Washington residents who died in World War I.
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Hinckley Hilton President's Walk

A hidden passageway now marks the site of an assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan that some say broke a 140-year-old curse.
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Watergate Gas Station

This seemingly out-of-place gas station by the Watergate hotel was once described as the most expensive gas station in the world.
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Embassy Gulf Service Center

Behind an abandoned storefront is an example of pioneering 1930s gas station architecture.
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First FDR Memorial

One of the most influential presidents in U.S. history wanted only this plain, elegant monument as his lasting memorial.
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Russian Ambassador's Residence

Was there a small "backpack nuke" hidden in the attic? JFK apparently thought so.
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The Sun Building

This nine-story building is the oldest standing skyscraper in D.C.
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Capital Transit Co. Streetcar Barn

Before Metro, Washington had a robust streetcar network—and you see the remains of this infrastructure if you know where to look.
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Russian Embassy

The U.S. government's 300-foot spy tunnel under the embassy never quite delivered as promised.
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Water Gate at the Watergate Complex

Before Nixon, "watergate" meant canals.
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The K-9 of the Korean War Veterans Memorial

Those with a sharp eye can find the hidden image of a German Shepherd on the memorial's Mural Wall.
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Carousel on the National Mall

Washington's iconic carousel has a nice piece of Civil Rights history.
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Old Stone House

The oldest building in the District of Columbia was preserved because of a mistaken connection to George Washington.
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Willard Hotel

Legend has it that President Grant’s frequent drinking in the lobby gave rise to the term “lobbyist.”
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Temperance Fountain

A much-maligned monument to teetotalism.
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Hecht Company Warehouse

Art deco landmark on the outskirts of Washington, D.C.
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Sonny Bono Memorial Park

A small triangle of DC grass is the final resting place of one of Sonny and Cher's songs.
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Holodomor Memorial

An easily overlooked memorial to a Ukrainian famine-genocide that killed over 4 million people.
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Alferd Packer Cannibal Plaque

A brass plaque dedicated to a convicted cannibal hangs in the National Press Club, and that's not even the craziest part of the story.
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District of Columbia Center Point

A little marble compass above George Washington's (empty) tomb in the Capitol marks where D.C.'s four quadrants intersect.
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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.