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Taking a Tour of the U.S. Capitol

I was fooled into booking a standard tour of the U.S. Capitol. After calling my U.S. Representative’s office to arrange all of the details, I thought I was getting the best option. But I was wrong, and didn’t find out until I was already halfway through a tour of at least two dozen people. And […]

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Visiting the Arlington National Cemetery

There are Arlington National Cemetery tours, but I as I walked toward the main entrance I knew I didn’t want one. I preferred the idea of walking the grounds of the vast cemetery on my own. The highlights, which surely would be all I’d see on a tour, are easy enough to find. Anything else, […]

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The Official Guide to the Smithsonian

Last week I wrote two brief guides to visiting the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. You can read them both here, in part one and part two. But if you really want to explore the Smithsonian, you need to get to the core of all of the goodies in their buildings, then you should pick […]

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My Guide to the Smithsonian Museums, Part Two

In part one of my guide to the Smithsonian Museums in Washington, D.C. I touched on the highlights of what to see in the museums on the south side of the National Mall. This section is about the best of the best on the north side of the Mall, as well as the museums off […]

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My Guide to the Smithsonian Museums, Part One

I did a lot of research before visiting the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. Before I arrived in town, I knew exactly which of the 16 museums in and around D.C. I wanted to visit. It was all laid out, highlighted, bullet-pointed, and arranged in neat piles as only my anal retentive self is capable of […]

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Taking a Tour of the White House

There I was, in the East Room in the White House, slack-jawed with my mouth hanging open. I couldn’t believe it. I felt it was one thing to even be in the White House, but a completely different beast altogether to be standing in such an historic room in what is arguably the most famous […]

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