Points Of Interest

Point #1
The Lincoln Memorial

US-50, Washington, DC 20037, USA

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  • Attraction : Memorial
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Memorial

Ok! Ahead on your right is the Lincoln Memorial. It’s the huge white thing with the pillars. It’s the #2 attraction in all of Washington DC. Some of the first proposals for this memorial included a Mayan temple and a log cabin. There was also a disagreement about exactly where the memorial would be located. The speaker of the house at the time said “I’ll never let a memorial to Abraham Lincoln be erected in that damned swamp.” Sorry, but that’s where it is. Also from standing at the Lincoln memorial and facing east, you can see the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool and the Washington monument. More about those later.

Point #2
Albert Einstein Memorial

2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418, USA

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  • Attraction : Albert Einstein Memorial statue
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Einstein_Memorial

On your left is a statue of a 12 foot tall bronze guy sitting on a granite bench. That’s the Albert Einstein Memorial. In his left hand, Einstein is holding papers that show his most important scientific theories, like E=mc squared and the theory of general relativity

Point #3
Vietnam Veterans Memorial

2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418, USA

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  • Attraction : Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam_Veterans_Memorial

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is located within Constitution Gardens on your right. This memorial wall was made of black granite from India.There are over 58,000 names listed on the wall, not in chronological order but in order of the dates of their deaths. There is also a women’s memorial statue depicting nurses in the war.

Point #4
Constitution Gardens

Robert Owen Park, 101-299 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20551, USA

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  • Attraction : 50 acre greenbelt
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_Gardens

All that pretty area to your right is known as Constitution Gardens. We will be driving around it on this tour. It’s 50 acres of grass, trees, monuments and a lake with an island. The Lincoln Memorial Reflecting pool is there as well, where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I have a dream” speech to a crowd of over 250,000. Less awesome though, is the fact that the reflecting pool was completely drained in 2017 to control a parasitical outbreak which killed a bunch of ducks and caused swimmer’s itch. So there ya go. Also at the corner of 17th street on your right is the Lockkeeper’s house, which is the oldest building in the National Mall. It was used by the Lockkeeper to collect tolls from people using the old Washington City Canal.

Point #5
White house and Washington Monument

1600 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA

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  • Attraction : The White House and Washington Monument
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_House

You are coming up on 16th St NW. On the left is the White House. That’s where the president of the United States lives. Inside is also 132 rooms and 35 bathrooms, 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, eight staircases, three elevators, five full time chefs, a tennis court, a bowling alley, a movie theater, a jogging track, a swimming pool and a putting green. On the right is the George Washington Monument. The first elevator ride to the top took a long 20 minutes. Also, back in those days people thought that the elevator was too unsafe for women and children, so only men were allowed in. If you were standing at the Washington monument you could also see the Lincoln memorial behind you and the US Capitol building in front of you. Lots of cool stuff.

Point #6
National Museum of African American Culture

Constitution Av & 15 St, NW, Washington, DC 20230, USA

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  • Attraction : National Museum of African American Culture
https://nmaahc.si.edu/

Ahead on your left is the US Department of Commerce. On your right is the super awesome National Museum of African-American History and Culture. Inside you will find over 37,000 artifacts. And, unlike any other museum in the area, over half of what you will find in this museum are family heirlooms that were donated by Americans.

Point #7
Smithsonian Museum of American History

226 US-50, Washington, DC 20560, USA

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  • Attraction : Smithsonian Museum of American History
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Museum_of_American_History

Next up on your left is the William Jefferson Clinton West Building. On your right is the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Inside is over 3 million random objects representing America’s science, technology, society and culture. Everything from the Star Spangled Banner Flag, to Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone, to Muhammad Ali’s boxing gloves.

Point #8
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

12 ST & CONSTITUTION AVE NW nb, Washington, DC 20004, USA

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  • Attraction : Museum of Natural History
https://naturalhistory.si.edu/

To your left is the Internal Revenue Service - THE tax collectors. Booooooo! Not really a favorite of most Americans. On your right is the National Museum of Natural History. It is THE most visited Museum. What’s in there? Dead things. Thousands and thousands of dead things. Fossils, mummies, every possible taxidermy animal that you can think of, meteorites, gems and bugs. Yeah bugs. They have a huge bug display and a live tarantula feeding during the day which is always a hit with the kiddos.

Point #9
National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden

900 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA

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  • Attraction : Sculpture Garden
https://www.nga.gov/visit/sculpture-garden.html

On your left is the National Archives Museum where you can see the original copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. On your right is the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. There are beautiful trees and flowers and 17 cool sculptures. In the winter they turn the whole thing into an ice skating rink!

Point #10
National Gallery of Art

600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20580, USA

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  • Attraction : Art Gallery
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Gallery_of_Art

On your left is the Federal Trade Commission. On your right is the National Gallery of Art - West Building. Between this and the East building up ahead, there are roughly 141,000 pieces that stretch all the way back to the Middle Ages. Also, the only Leonardo Da Vinci painting in the entire western hemisphere is here. Be prepared to turn right on Pennsylvania AVE NW. It’s the next intersection.

Point #11
The Newseum

600 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20565, USA

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  • Attraction : News Museum
https://www.newseum.org/

You need to turn right here and then get in the left lane to turn left on Constitution. Catty corner to your left is the Newseum. Inside you will find a dozen major galleries, 15 theaters, two broadcast studios, and the coolest interactive newsroom ever where you get to play the role of a photojournalist, editor, reporter or anchor.

Point #12
National Gallery of Art - East

400 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20565, USA

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  • Attraction : Art Gallery
https://www.nga.gov/about/welcome-to-the-east-building.html

On your right is the National Gallery of Art - East. Please turn left on Constitution Avenue. The George Gordon Meade Memorial will be on your left. Major General George Gordon Meade is best known as the career military officer from Pennsylvania who defeated General Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Gettysburg.

Point #13
The United States Capitol

204 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20216, USA

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  • Attraction : United States Capitol building
https://www.visitthecapitol.gov/

That huge domed building ahead on your right is the United States Capitol. It’s the home of congress and the seat of the legislative branch of the United States federal government. That’s great and all but here are some fun facts you might not hear about at the visitor’s center: There’s a painting in the Capitol, OF the Capitol being burned to the ground. That’s like hanging a picture in your house OF your house being on fire. Interesting. Also there are cat paw prints embedded in the concrete floor just outside of the old Supreme Court chamber. Seriously, cats get into everything.

Point #14
Senate Office Buildings

Russell Senate Office Building, 2 Constitution Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA

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  • Attraction : Senate Office Buildings
https://www.senate.gov/reference/reference_index_subjects/Senate_Office_Buildings_vrd.htm

You need to turn right when you get up to 1st St NE. On your left and catty corner on your left are a couple of senate office buildings - the Russell building and the Hart building. The senate is the upper chamber of congress. Each state has two representatives only and they serve six year terms.

Point #15
US Supreme Court

110 Maryland Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA

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  • Attraction : US Supreme Court building
https://www.supremecourt.gov/about/courtbuilding.aspx

Court is in session!!! That building on your left with the cool pillars is the Supreme Court. It’s the highest court in the United States and consists of the Chief Justice of the United States and eight other justices that the president picks and the Senate confirms. Each justice gets one vote in all cases. Most cases are decided by a 5-4 margin which shows how evenly the court is politically and socially divided. There’s a lot of history in that pillared building.

Point #16
Library of Congress

112 East Capitol St NE, Washington, DC 20543, USA

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  • Attraction : Library
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Library_of_Congress

Coming up on your left you will find the Court of Neptune Fountain, and behind it is the Library of Congress, which is the largest library in the world. It’s open to the public but you can only check out books and other materials if you are a high ranking government official or Library of Congress employee. So if you want to read any of the over 100 million publications they have in there, you are gonna have to do it in that building. Turn right on Independence Avenue.

Point #17
Cannon House Office Building

99 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20515, USA

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  • Attraction : House Office Building
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannon_House_Office_Building

To your left is the first of three House of Representatives office buildings. This one is called the Cannon House, and is the oldest congressional office building. So, the House of Representatives is the lower chamber of Congress. The number of representatives per state is determined by the state’s population and they serve for two years at a time.

Point #18
Longworth House Office Building

1 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20515, USA

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  • Attraction : House Office Building
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longworth_House_Office_Building

This is the Longworth building there on the left. As you keep driving toward the final House office building, if you look to the right you can see the United States Capitol through the trees. But still watch where you are going! There are usually a lot of hopeful interns running around here.

Point #19
Rayburn House Office Building

1 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20515, USA

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  • Attraction : House Office Building
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rayburn_House_Office_Building

This final House of Representatives office building on your left is the Rayburn Office and it is massive. 2.375 million square feet massive, to be exact. This place went 88 million dollars over the original budget. I guess the congressmen and women felt they needed a gym below the sub-basement that has cardio machine with TV’s, multiple weightlifting machines, basketball courts,… oh and a shooting range. Hey Americans, thanks for paying your taxes.

Point #20
United States Botanic Garden

101 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA

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  • Attraction : Botanic Garden
https://www.usbg.gov/

Who likes plants? I do. And on your right is the United States Botanical Garden. In there you can find over 10,000 living plant specimens. Some of them are over 165 years old! The garden is monitored by computer operated sensors to maintain the proper environment, but each plant is hand watered daily. Lucky plants. On your left is the Department of Health and Human Services.

Point #21
National Museum of the American Indian

300 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA

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  • Attraction : Museum
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Museum_of_the_American_Indian

Here comes a bunch of museums on your right. That large rock-formation looking building on your right is the National Museum of the American Indian. It all started back when Native American leaders discovered that the Smithsonian Institution held more than 15,000 Native American remains and they weren’t doing anything with them. So now you can go in there and check it all out. There’s also a pretty awesome cafe that serves indigenous inspired foods like grilled bison and Indian fry bread. The museum itself sits on 4 acres and is surrounded by simulated wetlands - kinda like the DC area used to be back when it was inhabited by Native Americans and not politicians.

Point #22
National Air and Space Museum

482 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA

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  • Attraction : Museum
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Air_and_Space_Museum

On your right is the National Air and Space Museum. If you like things that fly, you will love this place. It’s actually the third most visited museum in the entire world! Ever heard of the Wright Brothers? Well their “Wright Flyer of 1903” is kept here.\rThe Apollo 11 Command Module which landed on the moon in 1969 is here as well. Plus a bunch of aircraft from WWI and WWII, and a moon rock. Yeah, a rock that was literally on the moon. Pretty cool stuff. And if you enjoy IMAX movies, they have a theater in there that is 5 stories tall!

Point #23
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

700 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20591, USA

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  • Attraction : Museum and Sculpture Garden
https://hirshhorn.si.edu/

Don’t blink or on your right you will miss 12,000 pieces of artwork. I’m not kidding. That big circle shaped building is the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, which is the national museum of modern and contemporary art.

Point #24
Arts and Industries Building

194 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20591, USA

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  • Attraction : Arts and Industries Building
https://www.si.edu/museums/arts-and-industries-building

That red brick building there on your right is called the Arts and Industries building. It’s claim to fame is being the very first United States National Mall Museum. Currently it is being used to host private events.

Point #25
National Museum of African Art

950 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560, USA

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  • Attraction : Museum
https://africa.si.edu/

The National Museum of African Art is next. It houses over 9,000 works of traditional and contemporary African Art, and the red castle looking building behind it is called, well, the Smithsonian Castle. There are administrative offices inside.

Point #26
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560, USA

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  • Attraction : Artifact Gallery
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_M._Sackler_Gallery

Next is the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. It’s the national museum of Asian art. There’s South Asian sculptures, exquisite Chinese jade, modern Japanese pots and vases, and contemporary art. I bet you didn’t know all that. So that sure was a lot of museums, wasn’t it!

Point #27
United States Department of Agriculture

1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560, USA

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  • Attraction : United States Department of Agriculture
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Department_of_Agriculture

On Fridays during the summer and fall months, there will be a really cool farmer’s market on your right. You are about to drive under the first of two bridges. These are the Department of Agriculture Pedestrian Arches and they are used as pedestrian walkways between the two huge Department of Agriculture buildings. The USDA makes and executes federal laws related to farming, forestry and food. It also develops programs to distribute food, nutrition and nutritional education to those in need. The USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides healthy food to over 40 million low-income and homeless people each month. It also provides surplus foods to developing countries. Pretty cool, I think.

Point #28
Forest Service, Holocaust Museum, Bureau of Engraving and Printing

201 14th St SW, Washington, DC 20227, USA

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  • Attraction : Multiple attractions
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Forest_Service

On your left in that big red building is the USDA Forest Service where you can meet Smokey the Bear and learn about the history of the Forest Service. We are now coming up on the intersection of Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. Keep going straight, but just so you know when you come back, if you go left at the intersection, after you pass the USDA Forest Service building is the United States Holocaust Museum. There you will learn about one of the most dark and gruesome events in the world’s history. Just past there you will come across the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Wanna see where all the money is printed? That’s the place to go. It’s a very popular attraction here in DC. If you keep following that road south, it wraps around the Tidal Basin and will run you past the Jefferson Memorial. Thomas Jefferson was the main writer of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States. Staying on that road will then take you to the George Mason memorial and if you follow along to the north you will find the Franklin Delano Roosevelt memorial. It’s a really cool statue of him and his dog Fala. Who doesn’t love Fala?

Point #29
Tidal Basin/WWII Memorial

1599 Maine Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA

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  • Attraction : Tidal Basin/WWII Memorial
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II_Memorial

On your left is what’s called the Tidal Basin. It’s a man-made reservoir that releases 250 million gallons of water collected at high tide, twice a day. I also have a fantastic story about the tidal basin, a politician, and an Argentine stripper. But there’s no time for that right now. Keep going straight on Independence Avenue. If you were to turn right on 17th St you would find the WWII Memorial. Make sure you come back and explore it in depth sometime because it is really cool. It’s a huge memorial made of granite, bronze and fountains, all honoring the hundreds of millions of people who served in WWII. You will find cool quotes on the pillars there along with a wall of 4,048 stars. Each star represents 100 Americans who died in the war. In front of that wall is the inscription “Here we mark the price of freedom.” Kind of gives me goosebumps.

Point #30
Martin Luther King Jr Memorial

Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20006, USA

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  • Attraction : Memorial statue
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King_Jr._Memorial

On your left across the street is The Martin Luther King Jr Memorial. It is the 395th memorial in the National Park Service and it is a fantastic one. There is a line from his “I Have a Dream” speech that states “Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope”. This was the inspiration for this memorial. It’s a 30 ft tall sculpture of Dr. King named the Stone of Hope, and two other huge pieces of granite that symbolize the “mountain of despair”.

Point #31
Korean War Veterans Memorial

Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20245, USA

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  • Attraction : War Memorial
http://www.koreanwarvetsmemorial.org/the-memorial/

Are you sick of me yet? No? Awesome. Here comes the last memorial on this tour: The Korean War Veterans Memorial. It’s on your right. It consists of a big granite wall with more than 2,500 photographic images sandblasted into it. There are also 19 larger than life stainless steel statues representing a platoon on patrol, and there’s a Pool of Remembrance. I especially love to see it at night when they have it all lit up. Very cool.

Point #32
Wrap it up!

2912 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20418, USA

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  • Attraction : Wrap it up!

Well, that concludes our whirlwind tour of the National Mall. I hope you remember absolutely everything I’ve said and that you took detailed notes on all of it. We are almost back to the Lincoln Memorial, which is where we started. So why don’t you find a place to park and go get a more up close and personal view of the memorials and museums, now that you know where everything is. \r\rOh, wait. I think I promised you a story about a congressman and an Argentine stripper, right? Ok, here goes: Back in 1974, married Arkansas congressman Wilbur Mills was having an affair with Fannie Fox, a local DC stripper. They had been out drinking one night and were driving near the Tidal Basin when police pulled their car over. Fannie Fox tried to run from the scene by actually jumping into the tidal basin. Obviously that whole incident went public. Mills ended up resigning from office. Fox ended up changing her name from “The Argentine Firecracker” to “The Tidal Basin Bombshell” and with her newfound notoriety was able to make 5 times more money with her stripping gigs. So basically the incident destroyed the congressman’s career and launched the stripper’s career. Now wasn’t that story worth the wait?\r\rThis has been such a fun tour for me. I hope you had a great time too. Make sure you check out more of our UCPlaces tours in DC. We have a distillery tour, a horse statue tour, a DC scandals tour, a Bridges of Arlington County tour and much, much more. We would really appreciate it if you’d give us a review and tell us just how much you LOVED this tour! Until next time, so long and happy touring!

Point #33

12 23rd St NW, Washington, DC 20037, USA

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