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U.S. Capitol - Senate
US Capitol Building
"Go to the senate check in desk during the weekdays for a pass to the senate gallery. It's a free glimpse of history."
U.S. Capitol - House of Representatives
"Free tours that leave quite often. If its high season, try to reserve online beforehand. The tour is about 40 mins and 100% worth it."
Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol
801 9th St NW
"Tours are not as extensive as they used to be and you must have tickets.If you can try to get a tour through your local Senator or Reps office.An intern will be your guide and will be less rushed."
National Museum of American History
1400 Constitution Ave NW (at 14th St NW)
"The Hall of Transportation remains my favorite exhibit in this museum. Of particular note: the 1950s-era Chicago El Train car."
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl SW
National Museum of the American Indian
950 Independence Ave SW (4th St. SW)
"This has to be the best cafeteria out of all the museums! Everything is good - the salmon, bison burger, tres leche... try it all!"
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave SE (btwn 1st & 2nd St SE)
"Absolutely gorgeous and gaudy architecture- great for a cold day in DC, when you just want to wander around indoors."
National Air and Space Museum
600 Independence Ave SW (at 6th St SW)
"This was probably one of the best museums I've visited. It is for all ages and the admission is free! I can recommend going here especially if you are into planes, like me :)"
Supreme Court of the United States
1 1st St NE (E Capitol St. NE)
"Be sure to check out the gift shop in the basement! Also the food here is pretty good so if your looking for somewhere to eat on the mall look no further!"
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