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United States Capitol United States Capitol

Aside from the White House, the United States Capitol building is the most visited building in Washington. This incredible building with its regal dome and classic architecture symbolizes democracy to everyone who sees it. The view from the front steps is like nothing else, so make sure you have your camera with you. Tours are available at the kiosk on the southwest side of the Capitol, and are free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis. Plan to get there early, as there are always plenty of people in line for this extremely popular attraction.

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National Museum of American History National Museum of American History

Referred to as "America's attic," the National Museum of American History offers an unprecedented collection of items that numbers to nearly three million entries. Everything from Dorothy's ruby red slippers, to one of the first Kermit the Frog puppets, to Julia Child's kitchen, to an astounding 34-foot Star Spangled Banner, are just a few of the numerous highlights. The kids will love the interactive displays, especially the ones that encourage invention and creativity.

 
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Tiny Jewel Box Tiny Jewel Box

The Tiny Jewel Box is actually an ironic name for this multi-story boutique that offers an amazing array of souvenirs and gifts. A good part of the inventory is acquired through area estate sales, and that means that you'll find one-of-a-kind pieces like broaches, earrings and an always-changing assortment of antique jewelry. Also, new diamond and platinum items are on display for you to view. Plus, don't miss some of the other gift ideas like sweaters, crystal candlesticks and painted coffee mugs that will please that one friend of yours who always seems to be difficult to buy gifts for.

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Theodore Roosevelt Island Theodore Roosevelt Island

Take the plunge just a few minutes away from the heart of downtown Washington, DC by enjoying the various water sports and activities you can find at Theodore Roosevelt Island. Tackle the Potomac's Great Falls or enjoy some good exercise rowing a canoe or kayak. You can bring your own boat or rent one at Thompson Boat Center or Jack's Boathouse near the Georgetown Waterfront.

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