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Washington, D.C.

'Cartwheel' Tower

Washington's top-secret Cold War-era doomsday communications tower is located in a small neighborhood park.
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.

Lincoln Book Tower

A three-story tower of books about Abraham Lincoln is one of the more unusual monuments to the president.
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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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Congressional Cemetery

The privately owned cemetery that holds room for Washington's finest when they step down from life.
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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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Peacock Room

This stunning blue and gold room changed cities twice before becoming part of the Smithsonian.
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Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Vega

The "lovely red Vega" of the legendary record-settling pilot.
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Theodore Roosevelt Island

The national park was once a plantation estate.
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Maine Avenue Fish Market

The oldest continuously operating fish market in the United States.
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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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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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The Big Chair

A super-sized promotional trick that is now a DC landmark.
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The Unabomber's Cabin

It was once the base for a series of domestic terror attacks.
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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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Starship Enterprise NCC-1701

The actual model from the original "Star Trek" series is now on display at the National Air and Space Museum.
Washington, D.C.

The Mary Surratt Boarding House

The house where John Wilkes Booth conspired with his co-conspirators.
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Kilroy Was Here

There’s a hidden military meme engraved on the World War II Memorial.
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Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Largest Roman Catholic church in North America.
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Fort DeRussy

A Civil War fort in the middle of Washington, D.C. has been swallowed by a forest.
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Renwick Gallery

The first purpose-built art gallery in the United States is once again open as a center of craft arts.
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Tudor Place

A historic estate packed with George Washington's heirlooms, and its own nuclear bunker.
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National Building Museum

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