Marine Corps Sunset Parade at the Iwo Jima Memorial

The Marine Corps Sunset Parades at the Iwo Jima Memorial are one of Washington DC's summer treats. Here's information and schedule on the 2021 season.

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Iwo Jima Memorial

At the heart of the Iwo Jima Memorial (or the Marine Corps War Memorial) is a massive bronze statue based on an iconic World War II photo of the Marines planting the flag at Iwo Jima. The Memorial is next to Arlington National Cemetery on a hill overlooking the National Mall.
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Smithsonian National Museum of American History

The Smithsonian National Museum of American History, on the National Mall in Washington DC, is dedicated to all aspects of American history and culture.
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Washington Monument

For what is really just a big, stone tower you'd expect the Washington Monument to be a boring thing to take photos of. But this isn't just any old tower and happens to be near some of the world's great landmarks, making for a bunch of ways and vantage points to get some interesting shots.
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NPS Floral Library

The NPS Floral Library is a small garden patch planted by the National Park Service that features several varieties of tulips in the spring.
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Maine Avenue Fish Market

The Maine Avenue Fish Market on Washington DC's Southwest Waterfront is the oldest continually operating outdoor fish market in the United States.
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Cuban Friendship Urn

The Cuban Friendship Urn is not the most impressive landmark you'll find in Washington DC, but it does have an interesting story behind it.
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Navy-Merchant Marine Memorial

The Navy-Merchant Marine Memorial, featuring a large, evocative aluminum sculpture of a cresting wave and seagulls in flight, sits on Columbia Island on the Arlington side of the Potomac.
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Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool

The Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool does what it does best very well indeed, providing some great photographic opportunities for capturing reflections of the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument.
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Netherlands Carillon

The Netherlands Carillon stands next to the Iwo Jima Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery and offers one of the best views in the area.
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National World War II Memorial

The National World War II Memorial sits at the opposite end of the Reflecting Pool from the Lincoln Memorial and not far from the Washington Monument.
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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center is an impressive and large addition to the museum's exhibit space.
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Tiny Planet Photos of Washington DC

A series of tiny planet photos of Washington DC's monuments and landmarks. These start as 360-degree spherical panoramas and ramp up the fish-eye.
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National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC houses one of the finest collections of paintings and sculptures in the world. On permanent display are works by Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, Raphael, Botticelli, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Goya, Manet, Monet, Rodin, Degas, and many, many more.
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National Museum of African Art

The Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art, out the back of the Smithsonian Castle, showcases ancient and modern African art.
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Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial is one of the grandest and most distinctive of Washington's monuments. Anchoring the western end of the National Mall and framed by the Reflecting Pool, it's an outsized tribute to an American president who played an outsized role in America's history: Abraham Lincoln.
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Martin Luther King Jr National Memorial

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, in tribute to the celebrated Civil Rights leader, is now open on the banks of the Tidal Basin opposite the Jefferson Memorial.
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Union Station

It's not just any old train station that can be the venue for a black-tie presidential inaugural ball. But the lavish Union Station, not far from the US Capitol Building, is one of the few that does. It's an impressive blend of form and function.
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A Washington Winter Wonderland

When we get a solid snowfall, Washington DC's monuments and landmarks become a winter wonderland.
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National Aquarium

While it's not especially well known even to locals, the original National Aquarium is still in the heart of downtown Washington DC. It's nowhere near the biggest public aquarium in the United States, but it is the oldest. And it's in a place you would never expect.
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Pentagon

With the notable exception of the Pentagon Memorial on its southwest corner, the entire Pentagon reservation is strictly a no-photography zone.
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The Jefferson Memorial

Sitting on an island on the southern axis of the National Mall, the Jefferson Memorial is dedicated to one of the most famous and influential of the Founding Fathers.
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Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall near the Lincoln Memorial memorializes Americans who served and died in the Vietnam War. The reflective wall, in particular, offers some interesting photo opportunities.
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United States Air Force Memorial

The United States Air Force Memorial, in a small, raised space between Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon, was opened in October 2006.
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Sackler Gallery

The Sackler Gallery joins the Freer Gallery of Art to form the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art for the United States of America.
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African American Civil War Memorial

The African American Civil War Memorial, along with the African American Civil War Museum across the street, memorializes nearly 220,000 members of the United States Colored Troops involvement in the American Civil War.
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Newseum

The Newseum is a celebration of Freedom of the Press, featuring exhibits focusing on print, radio, and television media. It also features exhibits of superb photography, a section of the Berlin Wall, and a large collection of historic newspapers.
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