History Lover's Guide to Washington DC

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History Lover's Guide to Washington DC
For United States history buffs, a visit to Washington, D.C. is a must. The US capital city houses Congress, and the President, along with the original Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. Here are the top five places to see to get your fix of American history in D.C.

The US Capitol Building
Original construction on the US Capitol building began in 1793, when George Washington laid the cornerstone. The Capitol is situated atop Capitol Hill on the eastern end of the National Mall. The building has been expanded several times. The outer face is white, with a cast iron dome on top. The dome weights over 8 million pounds. Visitors can tour the Capitol building for free.

The White House
The most famous address in America is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, home to every president since John Adams in 1800. Today, the complex includes the Executive Residence, the West Wing, East Wing, the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, and the Blair House, a residence for visiting foreign dignitaries. The South Lawn of the White House is most typically photographed and shown in movies, but the White House does not have front and back entrances. White House tours can be arranged through your state representative.

The National Mall
This open-air park extends from the Capitol on the eastern end to the Lincoln Memorial on the western end. Besides these two famous sites, the Mall also houses the Washington Monument and numerous presidential and war memorials. Discover the best photo ops on a small-group National Mall walking tour, and don’t miss the monuments and memorials lit up at night.

National Archives
See the original "John Hancock" signature on the Declaration of Independence, encased and preserved at the National Archives. Combine a visit with a tour of the US Capitol Building and National Mall for the ultimate experience.

National Museum of American History
Located on the National Mall, the free National Museum of American History seeks to archive and showcase artifacts that represent American cultural, political, and social history. Visit on a guided tour to gain more insights.
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