Washington, DC Living - Places - Sites - Washington, DC, USA

Places such as parks, buildings, public gardens and zoos, notable buildings, libraries, interesting places; see also the listings for Venues, Museums, Memorials, Dining, and Housing; see Activities for cultural centers
  • Aquarium: The National Aquarium; Department of Commerce Building
  • Aquatic Gardens: Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens; display of aquatic plants on 283 hectares; part of Anacostia Park
  • Arboretum: US National Arboretum; trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants; a division of the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center of the Agricultural Research Service of the US Department of Agriculture
  • Architecture Great: Architecture of DC; shows off notable architectural landmarks; section of Great Buildings Online, presented by Architecture Week Magazine
  • Archives: National Archives and Records Administration; a repository of the nation's records; notable: US Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights
  • Arlington Cem: Arlington National Cemetery; veterans from all the nation's wars are buried in the cemetery
  • Arts Ctr: District of Columbia Arts Center; supports emerging artists; in Adams Morgan
  • Botanic Garden: United States Botanic Garden; plant museum on the National Mall at the foot of the US Capitol; Architect of the Capitol
  • Burbs: Metro DC cities Yahoo directory; the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area is huge, making up more than 92% of the population of the Washington--Baltimore Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area (CMSA); Washington, DC itself makes up less than 8% of the population of its CMSA
  • Bureau of Engraving: Bureau of Engraving and Printing; prints money (Federal Reserve notes), US postage stamps, Treasury securities, identification cards, naturalization certificates, and other special security documents; site has extensive information about US currency and how to spot forgeries
  • Capitol: Architect of the Capitol; the United States Capitol Complex buildings: the Capitol, congressional offices, Library of Congress, Supreme Court, US Botanic Garden, the Capitol Power Plant, and other facilities
  • Cathedral: Washington National Cathedral; Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul; envisioned in Pierre l'Enfant's 18th century plan for Washington commissioned by President Washington to be a church "intended for national purposes, such as public prayer, thanksgiving, funeral orations, etc., and assigned to the special use of no particular Sect of denomination, but equally open to all."; built from 1907 to 1990
  • Congressional Cem: Congressional Cemetery; unofficial resting place for Members of Congress; members who die in office and are buried elsewhere get a cenotaph here commemorating their service
  • Downtown: Downtown DC Business Improvement District; promotes Downtown DC as the site of museums, cultural venues, restaurants, hotels and shopping; provides cleaning, safety, hospitality, marketing, economic development and homeless services
  • Dumbarton Oaks: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection; housed in a nineteenth-century Federal-style house in Georgetown
  • EEOB: Eisenhower Executive Office Building; formerly Old Executive Office Building; White House offices
  • Eastern Mkt: food and arts market; located in the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood
  • Embassy Row: Electronic Embassy Web; resources for the DC foreign embassy community; includes a list of foreign embassies in DC
  • Farmer's Mkts: List of District of Columbia Farmers Markets; provided by the Agricultural Marketing Service of the US Department of Agriculture
  • Federal Govt: Directory of Federal Agencies/Departments; a list of agencies, most based in DC, from govspot.com
  • Georgetown: Area of DC; guide provided by the Georgetown Partnership Business Improvement District
  • GW Pkwy: George Washington Memorial Parkway, National Park Service; preserves natural scenery along the Potomac River; sites include Arlington House: The Robert E. Lee Memorial, Belle Haven Park & Marina, Clara Barton National Historic Site, Collingwood Park, Columbia Island Marina, Daingerfield Island, Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fort Hunt Park, Fort Marcy, Glen Echo Park, Gravelly Point, Great Falls Park, Lady Bird Johnson Park, Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove-on-the-Potomac, Memorial Avenue, Mount Vernon Trail, Netherlands Carillon, Potomac Heritage Trail, Riverside Park, Roaches Run Wildlife Sanctuary, Theodore Roosevelt Island, Turkey Run Park, U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, and Washington Sailing Marina
  • Govt Printing Office: Government Printing Office; produces, procures, and distributes printed and electronic publications of the Congress as well as the executive departments and establishments of the Federal Government
  • Libraries List: List of area libraries; provided by Libweb; gives link to official Web site and information link; includes academic, public, and special libraries
  • Library: District of Columbia Public Library
  • Library of Congress: Library of Congress; the research arm of Congress; the largest library in the world; more than 126 million items on approximately 850 kilometers of bookshelves
  • Mall: National Mall; central open, green space linking the Lincoln Memorial in the west to the US Capitol building in the east; site of many national events
  • Marshall Ctr: Thurgood Marshall Center; community services center
  • Marian Shrine: Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception;
  • Mount Vernon: George Washington's estate and gardens
  • Naval Observatory: US Naval Observatory; authority on the correct time and astronomical data required for accurate navigation and fundamental astronomy
  • Neighborhoods: Neighborhood Web sites in DC; links take you to neighborhood associations or promotional Web sites
  • Neighborhood Link: Neighborhood Link; neighborhood and nonprofit group information
  • Old Post Office: The Old Post Office Pavilion; retail, dining, events, historic site
  • Parking-Spot Hero: Parking spots around town; rent by the day or longer
  • Parks DC: Department of Parks and Recreation District of Columbia
  • Parks NPS: National Capital Region of the National Park Service; administers the National Mall and monumental core parks (Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Ford's Theatre National Historic Site and Petersen House, Pennsylvania Avenue National Historical Park, and the Old Post Office Tower), historic sites, natural areas, and Civil War battlefields
  • Pennsylvania Ave: Major ceremonial and business street in DC; National Park Service
  • Pentagon: Headquarters of the US Department of Defense; tours of the Pentagon are available to schools, educational organizations, and other select groups by reservation only
  • Reagan Bldg: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center; conference center and information resource for trade activities in the United States; public food court; Capitol Steps musical satire performances; offices; US Center for World Trade; DC Visitor Information Center; Woodrow Wilson Plaza free summer performance series
  • Rock Creek Pk: The oldest and largest urban park in the national park system; National Park Service
  • Supreme Ct: The Supreme Court of the United States; head of the judicial branch of the US federal government
  • Theatres: Guide to Greater Washington, DC Area Theatres, Groups, Performances; maintained by Donn B. Murphy, Ph.D. Professor of Theatre Emeritus, Art, Music & Theatre Department, Georgetown University, Washington
  • Tidal Basin: Paddle boats; view Japanese Cherry Tress and Jefferson Memorial from paddle boats
  • Union Station: Transit and retail complex; catch the Amtrak, Red Line metro, shop, or eat in this active and historic train station
  • Visitor's Info Ctr: DC Visitor's Information Center; located in the Ronald Reagan Building; information about attractions, events, accommodations
  • White House: Residence of the President and executive offices; tour requests must be submitted through one's Member of Congress and will be accepted up to six months in advance
  • Zoo: Smithsonian National Zoological Park; animals on 66 hectares
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