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3 days in Washington DC

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3 days in Washington DC
Three days is enough time to get a taste of Washington DC culture and American history.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Day 1
National Mall
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National Mall

Open area of gardens, fountains, trees and monuments stretching nearly two miles between the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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White House
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White House

For information on setting up a White House tour or the logistics (what you can’t bring on the tour etc.) The tour itself lasts about 20 - 45... more »

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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National Museum of the American Indian
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National Museum of the American Indian

The National Museum of the American Indian houses artifacts, art, historical and cultural objects from Native Indian communities in the Hemisphere.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Old Post Office Pavilion
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Old Post Office Pavilion

Historic 1899 building where visitors can go up to the clock tower for dramatic views of D.C.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Day 2
U Street
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U Street

The U Street Corridor is home to some of DC's iconic foods. Ben's Chili Bowl, home of the half-smoke, is there plus an area referred to by some as "Little Ethiopia" due to the large number of Ethiopian restaurants.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

The most popular of the Smithsonian museums features the Wright Brothers' 1903 Flyer and Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Newseum
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Newseum

Find out for yourself why everyone is calling the Newseum the best experience Washington, D.C. has to offer. Each of the seven levels in this magnificent building is packed with interactive exhibits that explore how news affects our shared experience of historic moments. Whether you have just a few hours or want to spend all day, you’ll find something for everyone in the family in the... More

Find out for yourself why everyone is calling the Newseum the best experience Washington, D.C. has to offer. Each of the seven levels in this magnificent building is packed with interactive exhibits that explore how news affects our shared experience of historic moments. Whether you have just a few hours or want to spend all day, you’ll find something for everyone in the family in the Newseum's 15 theaters and 15 galleries. Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Day 3
International Spy Museum
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International Spy Museum

Opened in 2002, the International Spy Museum provides interactive exhibits and contains the most extensive collection of spy artifacts ever displayed.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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National Museum of Crime & Punishment
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National Museum of Crime & Punishment
Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Georgetown
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Georgetown

A charming neighborhood that, with its upscale boutiques and notable residents, is more than a college hangout.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Martin's Tavern
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Martin's Tavern

At Martin's Tavern, every sitting president from Truman to G.W. Bush has dined. Ask your server to point out the booth where JFK proposed to Jackie.

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