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WELCOME TO WASHINGTON, DC OUR NATIONS CAPITOL. SAFETY BRIEF ALWAYS TRAVEL WITH A BUDDY! STAY AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS THERE ARE BAD AREAS IN THE CITY.

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1 WELCOME TO WASHINGTON, DC OUR NATIONS CAPITOL

2 SAFETY BRIEF ALWAYS TRAVEL WITH A BUDDY! STAY AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS THERE ARE BAD AREAS IN THE CITY THERE ARE HOMELESS PEOPLE WHO WILL BEG YOU FOR MONEY STAY TO WELL LIT AREAS IF YOU ARE OUT AT NIGHT

3 Navigating in the Metro Area Recommend using the Metro Rail to go to sights other than Old Town Alexandria Shuttle from hotel will take attendees to the Huntington Metro Stop Shuttle from hotel can also take attendees to Old Town Alexandria to shop or eat. Be prepared because you will be walking A LOT!

4 Metro Rail Map Do I REALLY have to negotiate this myself?

5 THINGS TO SEE IN YOUR FREE TIME Arlington National Cemetery The White House Supreme Court Building Library of Congress US Capitol (Track 1 will tour on Tuesday) Smithsonian Museums (there ARE more than one) Monuments and Memorials

6 Arlington National Cemetery HOURS OF OPERATION: – Open Daily 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Apr.1 to Sept a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct.1 to Mar. 31 ADMISSION: Free Changing of the Guard: Occurs every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour.

7 The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Open to school and youth groups and organized military and veterans groups Tuesday through Saturday from 7:45 am to 10:30 am. Guided Tours (reserved through Congressional offices) -- Reserved tickets to the White House may be obtained through Congressional offices. However, tickets are limited and demand is heavy. Requests should be made to your Representative at least 30 days in advance. All White House visitors are encouraged to call the 24-hour tour line at Metro: McPherson Square. McPherson Square The White House Visitor Center is located on E Street NW, just east of 15th Street.

8 Supreme Court The Supreme Court building is open from 9 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. It is closed Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays. First Street and Maryland Avenue, NE Metro: Union Station or Capitol South.Union StationCapitol South

9 Library of Congress All Library of Congress buildings are closed to the public on Sundays and Federal Holidays. Public tours are offered at the following times: Monday–Friday 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30; and Saturday at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, and 2:30. The tours begin in the Ground Floor Visitors Center of the Thomas Jefferson Building.

10 Smithsonian Museums SMITHSONIAN CASTLE Open 8:30am-5:30pm AFRICAN ART MUSEUM Open 10am-5:30pm AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM & UDVAR- HAZY CENTER Open 10am-5:30pm AMERICAN ART MUSEUM & PORTRAIT GALLERY Open 11:30am-7pm AMERICAN HISTORY MUSEUM Closed for renovation until fall 2008 Closed for renovation AMERICAN INDIAN MUSEUM Open 10am-5:30pm ANACOSTIA COMMUNITY MUSEUM Open 10am-5pm FREER & SACKLER GALLERIES Open 10am-5:30pm HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN Open 10am-5:30pm NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM Open 10am-5:30pm For special hours, click here For special hours, click here POSTAL MUSEUM Open 10am-5:30pm RENWICK GALLERY OF THE AMERICAN ART MUSEUM Open 10am-5:30pm RIPLEY CENTER INTERNATIONAL GALLERY Open 10am-5:30pm

11 National Zoo NATIONAL ZOO Nov 1 through Mar 31: buildings: 10am-4:30pm; grounds: 6am-6pm Apr 1 through Oct 31: buildings: 10am-6pm; grounds: 6am-8pm Note: The Zoo is very busy during spring break, holidays, and summer months and the parking lots often fill up quickly. For information, call parkinginformation

12 Monuments and Memorials Iwo Jima Memorial Marshall Drive, next to Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. This memorial, also known as the United States Marine Corps War Memorial, is dedicated to the marines who gave their lives during one of the most historic battles of World War II, the battle of Iwo Jima. Iwo Jima Memorial Jefferson Memorial 15th Street, SW This dome-shaped rotunda honors the nation's third president. The 19-foot bronze statue of Jefferson is located on the Tidal Basin, surrounded by a grove of trees making it especially beautiful during Cherry Blossom season in the spring. Hours are 8 a. m. to midnight daily. Jefferson Memorial Korean War Veterans Memorial Daniel French Drive and Independence Avenue, SW Our nation honors those who were killed, captured, wounded or remain missing in action during the Korean War ( ). Nineteen figures represent every ethnic background. The statues are supported by a granite wall with 2,400 faces of land, sea and air support troops. A Pool of Remembrance lists the names of the lost Allied Forces. Hours are 8 a. m. to 11:45 p. m. Korean War Veterans Memorial Lincoln Memorial 23rd Street between Constitution and Independence Avenues, NW This memorial was dedicated in 1922 to honor President Abraham Lincoln. Thirty-eight Grecian columns surround a statue of Lincoln seated on a ten-foot high marble base. This impressive statue is surrounded by engraved readings of the Gettysburg address, his Second Inaugural address and murals by French painter Jules Guerin. Hours are 8 a. m. to midnight. Lincoln Memorial

13 Monuments and Memorials United States Air Force Memorial One Air Force Memorial Drive, Arlington, Virginia. This is the newest memorial in the Washington, DC area, completed in September The memorial honors the millions of men and women who have served in the United States Air Force. Open 24 hours. United States Air Force Memorial Vietnam Veterans Memorial Constitution Avenue and Henry Bacon Drive, NW A V-shaped granite wall is inscribed with the names of the 58,209 Americans missing or killed in the Vietnam War. Across the lawn is a life size bronze sculpture of three young servicemen. Hours are 8 a. m. to 11:45 p. m. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Washington Monument Constitution Avenue and 15th Street, NW. The memorial to George Washington, our nation's first president, took 40 years to complete its original construction due to lack of funds, but was finally dedicated in It has recently been refurbished to its original splendor. Take the elevator to the top and see a wonderful view of the city. For free tickets, go to the kiosk on the Washington Monument grounds at 15th Street and Madison Drive. Hours are 9 a. m. to 4:45 p.m. daily except for December 25. Advance tickets are available for $1.50 service fee. Washington Monument World War II Memorial 17th Street, between Constitution and Independence Avenues. This beautiful structure serves as a peaceful place to remember those who served our country during World War II. The memorial is open 24 hours a day. World War II Memorial

14 Final Thoughts THE most important things to remember in your down time are: – HAVE FUN! – BE SAFE! – ENJOY YOUR NATIONS CAPITOL


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