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On April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was shot at Ford's Theater and was brought to this boarding house across the street. Doctors attended to him throughout the night, but he died early the next morning. The house, now a National Historic Site, is open for visitors. It belonged to a tailor, William Petersen. The front and back parlors, as well as the bedroom where Lincoln died, have been restored to their Civil War-era appearance. Though most of the furnishings are not original, the bloodstained pillow and pillowcases are the ones used by Lincoln on that fateful night. A visit here is a solemn affair. Admission is free.
The International Spy Museum provides a unique glimpse into the innovative world of espionage and its impact throughout history and present day. The state of the art exhibits include artifacts and spy stories from all over the world. During your visit to the museum, you'll adopt a cover identity and then lead into the briefing room to learn about the life of a spy.
City Segway Tours offers visitors a chance to explore the city in a whole new way. While walking can be tiring, zipping around on a Segway can be a fun experience. Each tour is operated and guided by professionals, who will first train you on using the Segway and then you'll start your tour. You'll get your own vehicle, as well as a safety helmet and head set, so you can hear your guide sans interruption. They offer a variety of tours, the most popular being the National Mall Segway Tour, where you'll find all the major monuments and sights like the White House, The Lincoln Memorial, The Capitol Building, Washington Monument as well as Smithsonian Castle. Other tours include the Segway Experience Tour and the Monuments and Memorials Tour as well as Private Tour options. They do have some restrictions, so it's a good idea to confirm before hand.
Flashpoint is an organization that works towards promoting and nurturing artists and other creative individuals. Various exhibitions and dance shows are held at this venue and it also helps promote cultural organizations. Flashpoint has a dance studio, an art gallery, theatre, all of which are available on rent as well as other space for various meetings. Fairly popular, this is a place you might want to check out if you are creatively inclined.
The Pavilion at the Old Post Office was built in 1899 and served as the main post office for the country. Saved from demolition, it was renovated and reopened in 1983. Today, it provides a little of everything, office space for the National Arts and Humanities Endowments, shops and restaurants. Under the building's enormous atrium, visitors may browse, play a round of miniature golf and enjoy free concerts at noon. Do not miss a ride up the clock tower for one of the most spectacular views of the city.
Seeing the nation's capital by bike is not only healthy, but it also allows visitors to get a closer view of DC. This guided bicycle tour takes in many of Washington's magnificent monuments and landmarks; everything from the White House and Washington Monument to the to the Freer Gallery and Rock Creek Park. The standard tour covers about eight miles in three hours. Most of the tour is on paved paths and gravel trails. The company also rents bikes, wheelchairs and scooters.