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Washington, D.C.

Capitol Bollards

The 5.5-mile ring of steel posts around the Capitol Building is one of the largest (and most uniform) of its kind in the world.
Washington, D.C.

Summerhouse

A hidden gem on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.
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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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Rayburn House Office Building

One critic described it as "middle Mussolini, early Ramses, and late Neiman-Marcus." Another called it an architectural "natural disaster."
Washington, D.C.

NASA Full Scale Wind Tunnel Propeller

While most wind tunnels test scale models, the "Cave of Winds" was large enough for actual airplanes.
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Starship Enterprise NCC-1701

The actual model from the original "Star Trek" series is now on display at the National Air and Space Museum.
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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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Martha, the Last Passenger Pigeon

The last known passenger pigeon, Martha's remains serve as a tool to educate about conservation.
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Man Controlling Trade

A muscular Art Deco monument represents the struggle between regulators and unbridled markets.
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International Spy Museum

“They say you're judged by the strength of your enemies”—James Bond, Quantum of Solace.
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Cher Ami

A heroic pigeon that, through a barrage of gunfire, delivered a message that saved over 100 lives in World War I.
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Washington Monument Marble Stripe

Look closely and you’ll notice that the color changes a third of the way up the tower.
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Washington Monument Lightning Rod

The monument's pointy aluminum tip has been melted down by repeated lightning strikes.
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Maine Avenue Fish Market

The oldest continuously operating fish market in the United States.
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Cuban-American Friendship Urn

The only National Monument ever to go missing for nearly 50 years then resurface in a dump.
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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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Watergate Steps

Decades before the scandal, this staircase on the river was a literal "water gate."
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Potomac Park Flood Levee

This mysterious structure by the Washington Monument is a flood barrier designed to protect the White House against rising waters.
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The Lockkeeper's House

A derelict bit of infrastructure from the canal that once ran through D.C. is landlocked in the heart of the city.
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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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Willard Hotel

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

The unique traffic pattern named for an influential urban planner is also known as the Pedestrian Scramble.
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National Building Museum

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