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Washington, D.C.

Khalil Gibran Memorial Monument

Surrounded by a verdant garden and a backdrop of ivy, a monument to beloved poet Khalil Gibran stands outside of the Lebanese embassy.
Washington, D.C.

Marilyn Monroe Mural

A tribute to the pop culture icon overlooks this Washington D.C. intersection.
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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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.

Legislative Bell System

An ear-piercing buzzer calls lawmakers to a vote with a series of long and short rings to form coded messages.
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Spirit of Justice Park

A secret greenspace hides atop a Capitol parking garage.
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Walter Johnson Statue

This statue of one of baseball’s greatest pitchers looks like something out of a sci-fi horror movie.
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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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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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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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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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D.C. War Memorial

An overlooked memorial honoring the local Washington residents who died in World War I.
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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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Hecht Company Warehouse

Art deco landmark on the outskirts of Washington, D.C.
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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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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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Fort Reno Park

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

A celebrity from the late Cretaceous period.
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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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USNO Master Clock

The most accurate timepiece in the world.
Washington, D.C.

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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National Archives Vault

An atomic bomb-proof strongbox protects the U.S. Constitution from terrorists and thieves.
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Abandoned Drawbridge Control Room

The hidden offices underneath Memorial Bridge have been locked up since 1976.
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Theodore Roosevelt Island

The national park was once a plantation estate.