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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…

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African American Civil War Museum

The African American Civil War Museum is dedicated to preserving and telling the stories of the United States Colored Troops…

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How-to Guide: Close-up Macro of Washington DC's Cherry Blossoms

There are a million ways to take a beautiful photo of Washington DC's cherry blossoms. Here's how to create something…

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How-to Guide: Jefferson Memorial and Washington Monument through Round Portals

This shot of the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial takes advantage of the unusual framing provided by the stone railing…

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How-to Guide: Lincoln Memorial Statue Bathed in Golden Sunlight

The opportunity to take this shot of the statue of Abraham Lincoln bathed in golden sunlight only comes around at…

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How-to Guide | Saucer Magnolias at the Smithsonian Castle

I took this photo last spring during the very brief blooming of the tulip magnolias (or saucer magnolias) in Washington…

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Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove

The LBJ Memorial is on the Virginia bank of the Potomac with views of Washington DC's monuments across the river.…

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Army Twilight Tattoo

The US Army's Twilight Tattoo is one of the more exuberant military performances in the DC area. It plays on…

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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…

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How-to Guide | Cherry Blossoms with the Washington Monument

DC's cherry blossom season brings a huge number of photographic opportunities. Here's how to take one of its iconic scenes:…

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How-to Guide | The Jefferson Memorial Before Sunrise

A guide to the what, when, where, and how of taking this photo of richly colored skies behind the Jefferson…

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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…

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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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Netherlands Carillon

The Netherlands Carillon stands next to the Iwo Jima Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery and offers one of the best…

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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…

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Commodore John Paul Jones Memorial

Commemorating Revolution War naval hero Commodore Jones Paul Jones, the memorial sits on the Tidal Basin in Washington DC, not…

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Japanese Lantern at the Tidal Basin

Sitting on the banks of the Tidal Basin amongst the famous Japanese cherry blossoms, the Japanese Lantern dates back to…

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Japanese Pagoda

The 17th century Japanese Pagoda is nestled amongst the famous cherry blossoms on the banks of the Tidal Basin in…

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Washington DC's Cherry Blossoms

The blooming of Washington DC's beautiful cherry blossoms is a highlight of spring.

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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…

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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…

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Simon Bolivar Statue

The Simon Bolivar Statue in Foggy Bottom in Washington DC is dedicated to the Latin American revolutionary.

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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…

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Robert A. Taft Memorial and Carillon

Mr Republican has his own Carillon. Senator Robert Taft had a long political career and had connections--he was a former…

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Theodore Roosevelt Memorial

It's entirely appropriate that the memorial dedicated to Teddy Roosevelt is a little unkempt. America's 26th president was famously a…

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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…

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First Division Monument

The First Division Monument, standing in President's Park next to the White House and in front of the Eisenhower Executive…

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Moongate Garden

Hidden away behind the Smithsonian Castle, the Moongate Garden is a small oasis of calm inspired by Temple of Heaven…

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Smithsonian Castle

The Smithsonian Castle looks like it should housing exotic treasures. But it doesn't really--at least, not many and not any…

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Bon Air Memorial Rose Garden

The Bon Air Memorial Rose Garden in Arlington makes for a beautiful backdrop for wedding or engagement photos when the…

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General William T. Sherman Monument

The monument to Civil War General William T. Sherman is elaborate and prominently placed, in President's Park (the Ellipse), right…

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Freer Gallery of Art

Originally opened in 1923 to display the collections of Charles Lang Freer, the Freer Gallery has since been merged with…

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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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John Ericsson National Memorial

The John Ericsson Memorial is tucked away down on the bank of the Potomac, not far from the Lincoln Memorial.…

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Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery

The Reynolds Center, in the heart of downtown Washington DC, combines two museums in one: it houses both the Smithsonian…

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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…

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Smithsonian National Zoological Park (National Zoo)

The Smithsonian's National Zoo isn't the biggest zoo in the country. But it is well worth a visit, especially during…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Where to Find Fall Foliage In & Around Washington DC

Washington DC may not have the kind of fall foliage fireworks of places further north, but there are still good…

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DC Henge

First there was Stonehenge. There there was Manhattan-henge. Now there's DC-henge.

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US Supreme Court

Sitting across the street from the US Capitol Building, the Supreme Court houses the judicial branch of the United States…

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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

If there's a combination that can draw the museum crowds almost as much as spaceships and airplanes, it's dinosaurs and…

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National Arboretum

The National Arboretum makes for a pleasant park, but its official mission is education and research. With 446 acres and…

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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…

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US Capitol Building's Exterior

The U.S. Capitol Building is one of Washington DC's most distinctive buildings. In fact, you'd be surprised how many tourists…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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The White House

As both the home and office of the President of the United States, the White House is probably the most…

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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…

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Arlington Memorial Bridge

Arlington Memorial Bridge runs across the Potomac from the Lincoln Memorial to Arlington National Cemetery, one of six bridges connecting…

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

The FDR Memorial, on the western bank of the Tidal Basin, is dedicated to the 32nd president but also features…

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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…

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George Mason Memorial

Tucked away between the Jefferson Memorial and the 14th Street Bridge, the George Mason Memorial commemorates one of the lesser…

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District of Columbia World War I Memorial

The World War I Memorial near the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool isn't well known or much visited. It has been…

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Korean War Veterans Memorial

The Korean War Veterans Memorial, unveiled in 1992, consists of several elements designed by different people and groups. It has…

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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…

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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum National Mall Building

There are only a handful of museums in the world that get more visitors than the Smithsonian's National Air and…

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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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Pentagon Memorial

The Pentagon Memorial commemorates the 184 victims of the September 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon.

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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…

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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…

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Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally

Every Memorial Day weekend, thousands of motorbike-riding military veterans descend on Washington DC for the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally.

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Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery is probably the most famous cemetery in the United States. Directly across the Potomac from the Lincoln…

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Best Places to Find Out What's Happening in Washington DC

Here are some useful resources for finding out what's going down in the DC area.

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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…

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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…

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Supermoon Rising Over Washington DC

Photos of the Supermoon of 2011 (March 19) rising over Washington DC's skyline. It was the biggest full moon since…

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