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Washington, D.C.

Georgetown Waterfront

The little-known, 300-year history of the area includes former lives as a bustling tobacco port, parking lot, and industrial dump.
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Maine Avenue Fish Market

The oldest continuously operating fish market in the United States.
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American University Experiment Station

The school tested mustard gas for the U.S. Army during World War I.
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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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Dumbarton Oaks

The Byzantine, pre-Columbian, and medieval art at this stately mansion are some of the most under-appreciated collections in D.C.
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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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Yenching Palace

The iconic D.C. restaurant where the Cuban Missile Crisis was negotiated, now a Walgreens.
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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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Carnegie Library of Washington, D.C.

D.C.'s first central library was born out of a chance encounter with the philanthropist whose name it bears.
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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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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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The Mutilated Currency Division

An obscure public service from the U.S. government that redeems burnt, moldy, and soiled old greenbacks.
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U.S. Naval Observatory Master Clock

The most accurate timepiece in the world.
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Temperance Fountain

A much-maligned monument to teetotalism.
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Frederick Douglass's House, Cedar Hill

The famous abolitionist’s preserved estate is one of Washington's finest monuments to its great African-American citizens.
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Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Vega

The "lovely red Vega" of the legendary record-settling pilot.
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Fort Reno Park

The only Civil War battle in Washington D.C. took place near this highest natural point in the "state."
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Owney the Postal Dog

The traveling postal dog covered 48 states and more than 140,000 miles in his lifetime, and lives on as taxidermy patched up with a rabbits foot and a pigs ear.
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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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National Building Museum

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

A lovely aquatic park built by a one-armed Civil War veteran who made a fortune from Lotus flowers.
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The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations' Millennium General Assembly

Light bulbs, scrap wood, and tinfoil comprise this homemade throne of the gods.
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The Mary Surratt Boarding House

The house where John Wilkes Booth conspired with his co-conspirators.
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Sergeant Stubby

The most decorated dog of WWI is preserved in the Smithsonian for his heroism.