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Places (POIs) visited during this tour

Place #1
Distance: 0.00mi , Attraction : Start
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2131 R St NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
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Let's Begin!
Looks like you found me! Just walk to the end of this street and start heading down the steps.
Place #2
Distance: 0.52mi , Attraction : Landmark
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2211 R St NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
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The Spanish Steps
Here we are at Spanish Steps. This is a true hidden gem in the city. It’s an example of the contributions from the height of the City Beautiful movement in Washington D.C. back in 1911. It is an homage to the original Spanish Steps in Europe. Not sure why the ones in Europe were built, but these ones were originally built to provide pedestrians a link between S St NW and Decatur Pl on an area too steep for vehicles and carriages to climb at the time.
The Spanish Steps were designed by architect Robert E. Cook. He was born, raised and died in Washington DC. Hey, did you see the oval shaped basin and the lion head fountain at the top of the steps? Notice all of the magnolia trees, eastern red cedars, oaks, and other flowering trees and pretty flowers that have been planted here. It really is a peaceful little escape from the city. Relax and enjoy before we kick it into touring gear. Then, head south on 22nd and meet me at the corner of Decatur Place.

Tour itinerary stops | Additional places you'll see on this self-guided tour

Map Pin Place 1 Let's Begin!
Map Pin Place 2 The Spanish Steps
Map Pin Place 3 Directions
Map Pin Place 4 Friends Meeting of Washington DC
Map Pin Place 5 Friends Garden
Map Pin Place 6 Directions
Map Pin Place 7 Roosevelt Home
Map Pin Place 8 Embassies
Map Pin Place 9 Embassies
Map Pin Place 10 Embassies
Map Pin Place 11 Sheridan Circle
Map Pin Place 12 Embassy of Ireland
Map Pin Place 13 Directions
Map Pin Place 14 Tomas Garrigue Masaryk Statue
Map Pin Place 15 The Society of Cincinnati
Map Pin Place 16 Gandhi Statue
Map Pin Place 17 Embassy of Indonesia
Map Pin Place 18 Saraswati Statue
Map Pin Place 19 James G. Blaine Mansion
Map Pin Place 20 Directions
Map Pin Place 21 Second Story Books
Map Pin Place 22 Directions
Map Pin Place 23 More UCPlaces Tours
Map Pin Place 24 The Mansion on O Street
Map Pin Place 25 Sonny Bono Park
Map Pin Place 26 Christian Heurich Mansion
Map Pin Place 27 Toy Theater Mural
Map Pin Place 28 Directions
Map Pin Place 29 Directions
Map Pin Place 30 Surfside Restaurant
Map Pin Place 31 John Witherspoon Statue
Map Pin Place 32 Tabard Inn
Map Pin Place 33 Embassy of the Philippines
Map Pin Place 34 Daniel Webster Statue
Map Pin Place 35 Directions
Map Pin Place 36 Peruvian Embassy
Map Pin Place 37 Consulates of Columbia and Chile
Map Pin Place 38 Embassy of Uzbekistan
Map Pin Place 39 Directions
Map Pin Place 40 Directions
Map Pin Place 41 Dupont Circle Fountain

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