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The Smithsonian Carousel is centrally located on The National Mall near Smithsonian Castle. The original carousel was built in the year 1947 by the Allan Herschell Company which was later replaced in 1981 with a carousel from Baltimore's Gwynn Oak Amusement Park. This is a big draw for kids with 8 horses and 2 chariots. It is the only one of its kind in the city that is still operational.
Commonly known as "America's attic," the Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum complex and research organization. Organize your tours of the Smithsonian buildings in Washington by starting at the Institute's easy-to-locate red sandstone Gothic castle. Ongoing video presentations, touch screens, maps and helpful staff members will help you create a plan to navigate the many varied museums. The building is also commonly referred to as the "Castle." The castle is also the final resting place of the Smithsonian's founder, James Smithson, as his tomb is located in the crypt in the north entrance.
This booking agency can help you organize your trip to Washington by making sure you see all the best spots around town! The Old Town Trolley Tour, rated by Washingtonian Magazine as the best DC tour, is just one of the excursions you can choose from at Vacations Made Easy. Other tours offered include the breathtaking Monument by Moonlight Night Tour, tours by DC Ducks, and the Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Tour, which takes you to historical Northern Virginia just across the Potomac River. Group packages are also available. See website for a complete list of cities covered by Vacations Made Easy.
The National Archives is a bombproof, fireproof facility that protects the nation's most treasured documents. The methods used for storing the documents safely are nearly as interesting as the documents themselves. Sealed glass vaults are raised into the exhibition areas for viewing each day but sink back into safety each night. Here, you will find the most significant of our national documents--the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence. Among the other documents and artifacts housed here are copies of the Magna Carta and the Emancipation Proclamation, and the rifle used to assassinate John F. Kennedy.
The U.S. Navy Memorial features scenes of Navy valor sculpted on bronze panels. The panels circle a map of the world carved into the sidewalk. Fountains outside the sculpture panels encircle the entire memorial. The nearby museum features a 35-minute film, 'At Sea', and a ship store where military souvenirs are sold. Be sure to browse the names in the log book. The register contains names and pictures of former maritime servicemen and women.
The nation's law enforcement officers—federal, state and local, who died in the line of duty are remembered with this memorial in Judiciary Square. Dedicated in 1991, the memorial's blue-gray marble walls contain the names of more than 14,000 officers, the first death dating back to 1794. Designed by local architect Davis Buckley, the memorial sits on three acres of federal park land. Information and tours are available at the adjacent visitor's center, which includes a gift shop.
The Old Post Office Tower is one of the top-most and leading tourist hot-spots of Washington. Such is the significance of the tower, that it has also been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The tower was going to be demolished, but due to the efforts of the citizens, the building was preserved. From the tower, you can see the hustling and bustling city life. It also houses shops, retail businesses and offices. From celebrity parties to corporate dinners, the Pavilion at the Old Post Office is a perfect venue to host events.
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.