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History in D.C.

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History buffs will find no shortage of museums, buildings and landmarks to visit and explore in the national capital. The Smithsonian Institution alone could keep you busy for months with its network of museums and galleries that are spread about town. From iconic monuments to moving war memorials to bottomless exhibits, D.C. is a delight for lovers of American history.

The National Mall is home to a series of must-visit memorials, including the Lincoln Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. This is also where you’ll find the World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Over on Capitol Hill, a stop at the 580,000-square-foot Capitol Visitor Center and guided tour of the U.S. Capitol Building are also musts. Specialty tours of the Capitol are available throughout the year, including an outdoor walking tour focused on the evolution of the building’s architecture and grounds.

You can also pay a visit to infamous Ford’s Theatre, the site of President Lincoln’s assassination on April 14, 1865. It’s still a working theater to this day, but also features an on-site museum and learning center dedicated to the life and presidency of Abraham Lincoln.

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