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U.S. Capitol area

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U.S. Capitol area

We are staying in the West End section of DC. We have a Mon. tour of the Capitol at 1:00. Was wondering what are the closest museums or sites to see before our 1:00 tour. Also, how best to get there using public transportation.

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1. Re: U.S. Capitol area

The closest metro stop is Capitol South. You could check out the Library of Congress or the US Supreme Court. They're both nearby

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2. Re: U.S. Capitol area

Look at a map to get an idea of where the major sights are. Here is one: nps.gov/PWR/…NPS-Map-Washington-DC.pdf It is about 2 miles from the US Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial.

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3. Re: U.S. Capitol area

You can also easily take the Metro (Red Line) to Union Station and walk to the Senate side of the Capitol. This isn't any more or less convenient than Capitol South (Orange/Blue), depending on where you will be coming from.

As for museums/things to do, beside the aformentioned Library of Congress and Supreme Court, next to Union Station is the Postal Museum (if that is your thing) and just west of the Capitol (at the bottom of the Hill on the House (Capitol South) side is the U.S. Botanic Garden. Otherwise, the Mall is your oyster (sorry for the bad play on words). The Smithsonian website (www.si.edu) has a good map of all of the Smithsonian Musuems (including the National Gallery of Art, which is not a Smithsonian, but is still free) on the National Mall.

Darrell6t is right about distance. From the West Front of the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial is about 2ish miles. A doable, if not long, walk.

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