Gems of Wash­ing­ton D.C.

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While Wash­ing­ton D.C. is awash with mon­u­ments, mu­se­ums, gal­leries and in­cred­i­ble din­ing, two of the stand­outs are the Li­brary of Congress and the Capi­tol. Start off by do­ing a free one-hour tour at the Li­brary of Congress, the big­gest li­brary in the world, with 164 mil­lion items on ap­prox­i­mately 1,350 kilo­me­tres of book­shelves. High­lights in­clude the Thomas Jef­fer­son li­brary, the Wald­seemüller map found in 1507 in Bavaria – the first map to show the word ‘Amer­ica’, the Guten­berg Bi­ble and the read­ing room. Walk through the tun­nel to the Capi­tol on a tour of this iconic build­ing which in­cludes the Crypt, the Ro­tunda, and Na­tional Stat­u­ary Hall as well as the fas­ci­nat­ing movie, Out of Many, One. loc.gov; visit­the­capi­tol.gov; wash­ing­ton.org

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