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Washington DC is a beautiful place with a lot of beautiful people in its community. Our mission is to give parents, teachers, researchers, and visitors some ideas what to see in our nation's capital and surrounding area. There are over 12,000 photographs in our collection for you to explore.

Washington DC Photo Gallery
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Home for the Holidays: A Sentimental Journey

The U.S. Botanic Garden's holiday display recalls the post-World War II holidays when families were reunited, a peaceful future beckoned, and celebrations had developed a distinctly American style.

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Capitol Hill Star Tour

Hidden from plain view, the world reknown city planner and Freemason, Pierre Charles L'Enfant, crafted a path for the enlightened to follow. Emanating from the East Portico of the United States Capitol building to Lincoln Park is a hexagram star pattern that can only be noticed from high above. Nations, cultures, and religions have have used this ancient symbol to represent their beliefs, government and money. Many historians believe this six pointed star invokes a higher esoteric form of spirituality. While traversing the streets of Capitol Hill, one can only speculate the grandeur influence this talisman has on American history. Come view the neighborhood of Washington's power brokers and decide all these things for yourself - you may even discover some hidden symbols known only to a few.

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Capitol Square and Compass Tour

Wasington has a secret. The Capitol Square and Compass tour reveals a hidden framework of symbols thunderous enough to rouse the gods within our mind. Walking this ancient trail may change the way you think about Washington or reveal a secret mystery. To truly understand meaning of Washington's square and compass you need to follow the path disclosed to you. On this journey you will need to master your thoughts to only Washington's buildings, monuments and memorials. Enter the world of our Founding Fathers and understand the deeper meaning of ancient words and positioned symbols etched on its walls. You will start in darkness and head East toward the light of virtue.

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Star of Washington Tour

There is a nautical star in our nation's capital. Journey through the streets and alley ways that make up the star of Washington. Pay close attention to the hidden symbols that teach a broader meaning of our capital city. Pythagoras would have recognized this Pentagon-Dodecahedron as insight to the golden intellect of our nation's founder.
A fixed star was selected to guide wise men to the source of human enlightenment.

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Smithsonian Kite Festival

Founded by aviation pioneer Paul E. Garber (1899-1992), the festival, one of the kite world's premier events, is sponsored by The Smithsonian Associates and the National Air and Space Museum, and features kite fliers from across the U.S. and the world.

Traditionally a part of the festivities at cherry blossom time in the Nation's Capital, the Smithsonian's colorful Kite Festival is one of the most popular annual events held on the National Mall.

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Washington DC Chinese New Year Parade

Each year a parade is held in Chinatown in Washington, DC to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The event features the traditional Chinese Dragon Dance, Kung Fu demonstrations and live musical entertainment. The Chinese New Year is a 15-day event that starts with the New Moon on the first day of the new year and ends on the full moon 15 days later. The first day of the year can fall anywhere between late January and the middle of February. Chinese New Year is the longest and most important festivity in the Chinese Lunar Calendar. The origin of Chinese New Year is itself centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and traditions. Ancient Chinese New Year is a reflection on how the people behaved and what they believed in the most.

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Hope Diamond and the National Gem Collection

They say a diamond is a girl's best friend. Imagine taking your date to the world's greatest collection of gems on display at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. More than 7,500 individual gemstones, ranging from less than a half-carat to almost 23,000 carats, fill the cases in in the Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals. Harry Winston's gift of the Hope Diamond inaugurated the stunning series of spectacular gifts that transformed the National Gem Collection from a fine to a truly fabulous one. The National Museum of Natural History is located at 10th Street & Constitution Avenue, and is open daily 10 am – 5:30 pm. The closest Metro Station is the Smithsonian Station on the Blue and Orange line.

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Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture

On July 1 2006, the $283 million renovated Patent Office Building, home to the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery opened its doors to the public. The two museums and their activities are now known collectively as the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture. The Reynolds Center Grand Opening festival was alive with music, food and family activities. The Grand Opening Family Festival featured costumed characters from the collections, gallery tours, performances, free ice cream and live music on every floor of the building.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery are located in a National Historic Landmark building at the heart of Washington's vibrant new downtown, a few blocks from the National Mall. The building is a piece of art that perfectly ...

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Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach is a popular beach resort city three and a half hours south of Washington, where the state of Virginia meets the Atlantic Ocean. The city contains 51.3 square miles of water, which takes form in the dozens of rivers, bays, lakes, marsh areas and fingers of water that flow into the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay. Linking the Chesapeake Bay and James River estuaries is the Hampton Roads harbor, one of the finest natural harbors and home port to the world's largest naval base. Here, the Intracoastal Waterway begins at mile marker 1. From Virginia Beach, recreational boaters can travel as far north as Boston, Mass., and south to Brownsville, Texas.

Virginia Beach's mild climate encourages a long visitor season, and travelers are delighted to discover that spring comes early and fall stays late. These months...

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Winter Fun in Washington

Arriving in a blaze of thunder and lightning, the Nor'easter of 2006 transformed our nation's capital into a large white-blanketed playground that was a magical experience for the young and young of heart. Take a tour with Denali and Frosty to learn the secrets of snowman building and having wintry fun on our National Mall.

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