History Museum · Southwest Washington · 1000 Jefferson Dr SW (btwn 9th & 12th St SW), Washington, D.C.
HISTORY: The Smithsonian Institution was founded for the "increase and diffusion" of knowledge from a bequest to the United States by the British scientist James Smithson, who had never visited the US himself.
Monument / Landmark · Southwest Washington · 2 Lincoln Memorial Circle NW (btwn Constitution Ave NW & Independence Ave SW), Washington, D.C.
HISTORY: Construction began in 1914, and the memorial was opened to the public in 1922. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech to a crowd by the Lincoln Memorial in 1963 .
HISTORY: The Washington Monument was formally dedicated on February 22, 1885, and at the time of its construction, it was the tallest building in the world; it remains the tallest stone structure in the world.
Plaza · Theater District · Broadway & 7th Ave (btwn 42nd & 47th St), New York, NY
HISTORY: This area was originally named Longacre Square but was renamed in 1904 when the NY Times moved to the skyscraper now known as One Times Square at 42nd St., famous for the Times Square Ball drop.