Top 5 Must See's in Washington DC

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Washington DC is the kind if place that enjoys more than one identity.  All glowing marble, museums and monuments by day, the city transforms into a party paradise at night, evidence being the number of latest clubs and music places that spring into life after hours.  Despite this, a visitor to DC goes primarily for the sights – and aren’t they a delight!  Since Washington was created by the Congress in 1790 as the seat of government, there’s a lot of culture and history that has been spun into the fine knit of the city.  Washington DC travel guides are spoilt for choice when it comes to sightseeing – here are some of the must-see places.

US Supreme Court 

Home to the highest federal court in the United States, the Supreme Court building is a neoclassical beauty with outstanding architecture and a luminous marble façade.  Sessions are open to the public and make interesting viewing.  A keen visitor has to get into one of two lines – one is for people interested in being there for the whole length of the session and the other one if you want to be present only briefly.  Seating is on first come, first seated basis so plan your visit and get there on time. 

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The Smithsonian Institution

Established in 1846, The Smithsonian Institution is a group of museums and research centers administered by the United States government.  Also known as ‘the nation's attic’ for its holdings of 137 million items,the Institution has nineteen museums, nine research centers, and a zoo-some of these are historical or architectural landmarks.  The largest such complex in the world, its 30 million visitors a year are admitted without charge. The National Museum of Natural History, The National Zoo and the Air and Space Museum exhibits are a must-do.

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The White House

If you can manage to put in a request through your member of Congress six months before your travel date, you can be a part of a White House guided tour of 10 people or more.  A simpler option is the Annual White House Spring Garden Tour, an April tradition since 1972.  This tour is open to the public. Tickets are distributed by the National Park Service on the mornings of tour days. Visitors may view the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden, Children's Garden and South Lawn of the White House.

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National Archives and Records Administration

 Looking for something?  It is very possible that you’ll find it here at the National Archives and Records Administration with its awe inspiring 10 billion paper records, 30 million photographs and 3 million maps.  From the deed to the Statue of Liberty (did you know one existed?) to letters to Presidents as well as their baby photographs, it is all in here.  An exhibit called Public Vaults offers a very 

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The International Spy Museum 

In a museum-studded city, this privately owned museum has its exclusive fan base.  It is dedicated to the tradecraft, history and contemporary role of espionage and has the largest collection of international espionage on public display.  Some of the interesting stuff on display is concealment devices, sabotage weapons, cipher machines, secret writings and microdots.  As thrilling as these may seem, the icing on the cake is the multimedia stories of those who actually used these objects in undercover missions around the globe.  

Author Bio-Miranda Lopez is a professional travelling blogger who loves to writes about her travelling experiences about different countries. In this article, she is focusing on must see attractions of Washington DC and sharing her experience with Washington DC travel guides.