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Sure it’s the capital of the United States, but there is so much more to explore beyond the walls of the White House and the sprawling monuments of the Mall. Take a deep dive into our little known discoveries throughout this historic city.

When it was built in 1859, it was known as "the American Louvre".

The Renwick Gallery is a branch of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, located in Washington, D.C., and focuses on American craft and decorative arts from the 19th to the 21st century.

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1661 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006

Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture

Designed in the Greek Revival style by architect Robert Mills, construction started in 1836, and the massive structure took 31 years to complete.   A National Historic Landmark – which is considered to be one of the most important Greek Revival buildings in America – the building houses the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery.

8th and F Streets, Washington, DC 20001

Willard InterContinental Washington

One of the most iconic hotel’s in the Nation’s Capital. Nicknamed the “Residence of Presidents,” this legendary property has welcomed U.S. presidents and has been the site of many historic moments in history for over 200 years.

1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

Harriet Tubman’s hymnal, Nat Turner’s bible, Rosa Park’s dress – these objects and more are some of the items that can be found in the NMAAHC.

Designed by the firms Freelon Group, Adjaye Associates, and Davis Brody Bond, the NMAAHC opened in a ceremony led by President Barack Obama. Within the 350,000-square-foot, 10-story building there are more than 3,500 objects on display.

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1400 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20560

Martin's Tavern

It’s where JFK proposed to Jackie, where former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright once told Billy Martin over dinner that she thinks of Martin’s as an extension of her living room, and where baseball greats including Mickey Mantle, Ty Cobb, and Yogi Berra dined in the “Dugout Room.”

1264 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

A mid-1950s Estate belonging to the heir of an American cereal empire showcases a lifestyle of 18th century European décor while also providing a space for the occasional philanthropic party…or two.

Her parties were often in support of Marjorie’s other life-long passion: charity. This proved her most lasting legacy when she bequeathed her home to her own Foundation, to be used as a multipurpose museum.

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4155 Linnean Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Tabard Inn

The name Tabard Inn was drawn from Chaucer’s Canterbury tales and the place would forever revive itself in the hospitality of an old English Manor.  It is oldest continuing running hotel in Washington DC opening its doors in 1922 by Marie Willoughby Rogers.  Current owner Fritzi Cohen purchased the Inn with her husband in 1974, making the hotel one of the oldest in the city to be owned and operated by a woman since its inception.

1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

The Mansion on O Street

The hotel is noted for eccentric interior styling which includes hidden doors, secret passages, and rooms in which all furnishings and fixtures are for sale.  The mansion was added to the DC Preservation League’s African American Heritage Trail, for its role as a DC accommodation for Rosa Parks.

2020 O St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Once described as a “Florentine villa in the midst of American independence,” the mansion distinguished itself with international touches.

Its eclectic interiors, dominated by English and Italian influences, feature the painstaking work of craftsmen who adorned the house with carved wood walls, gilded papier-mâché ceilings, ornate iron staircases, and intricate marble floors. Anderson House was also outfitted with all the latest conveniences, including electricity, central heat, telephones, and two elevators.

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2118 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Heurich House Museum

Built in 1892-4 for German-American immigrant Christian Heurich, whose brewery was the largest in DC and a household name.  The mansion incorporated many technological advancements, including metal speaking tubes, electric lighting, burglar alarms, and “fireproofing.” The interior decoration and furnishings were made by numerous German-American craftspeople.

1307 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

One of the oldest movie theaters in DC.

The Lincoln Theatre hosted silent films, vaudeville acts, and legendary jazz performers before being transformed into a movie theater.

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1215 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Ben's Chili Bowl

On August 22, 1958, Ben’s Chili Bowl opened for business. The U Street was then known nationally as “Black Broadway” and Washington D.C. was still segregated. But all were always welcome at Ben’s.  The counter, booths and stools are all original; the fresh homemade chili is still made with love, using the same secret recipe, and service and quality are guiding principles.

1213 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Considered one of the most important buildings on Howard’s campus.

Built in honor of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and designed by prominent African American architect Albert Cassell.

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2441 4th St NW, Washington, DC 20059

Capitol Hill Books

Founded by Bill Kerr who had worked at an earlier Capitol Hill bookstore, Wayward Books. He would take his pay in books and when Wayward closed up and moved to Maine, Bill opened Capitol Hill Books in 1991.  The store offers three floors of quality used books, first editions and rare books.

657 C St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Eastern Market

One of the few historic public market buildings left in Washington, DC and the only one that has retained its original public market function. The Eastern Market building is designated as a National Historic Landmark and has been in continuous operation since 1873.

225 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Washington, DC’s Union Station has as much grit as it does grandeur.

Designed by master American architect and urban planner Daniel Burnham, the hub opened to great excitement in 1908. Over a century later its daily bustle continues, but its journey has been anything but a smooth ride.

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50 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

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