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Washington DC off the beaten path

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Washington DC off the beaten path
Here are some attractions that are hidden gems.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Octagon Museum
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Octagon Museum

The Octagon Museum was built between 1798-1800 by John Tayloe at the suggestion of George Washington. In 1814, the house was offered to President Madison as temporary quarters after the White House was burned in the War of 1812. The Treaty of Ghent was signed there, thus ending the war.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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African American Civil War Memorial & Museum
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African American Civil War Memorial & Museum

The African-American Civil War Museum and Memorial was created to tell the story and pay tribute to African-Americans who fought in the Civil War.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Theodore Roosevelt Island Park
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Theodore Roosevelt Island Park

Theodore Roosevelt Island is an 88.5 acre island in the Potomac River. It is maintained as a National Park and has various walking trails

Fee: No      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Embassy Row
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Embassy Row

The section of Massachusetts Avenue with many embassies and the house of the Vice President located on one end.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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United States Botanic Garden
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United States Botanic Garden

A truly green spectacle, with a jungle, a National Garden with a First Ladies water garden, a rose garden and exhibits on ecology and evolutionary biology.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Hillwood Museum & Gardens
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Hillwood Museum & Gardens

Hillwood, the grand estate of Post Cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, sits on 25 acres overlooking Rock Creek Park in northwest Washington DC. Along with a world renowned collection of Russian and French decorative arts, Hillwood also features extensive gardens and special exhibitions.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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