Take three that you must see
In a city full of monuments, the World War Two Iwo Jima Memorial, based on the iconic photograph Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima by Joe Rosenthal, is one of the most moving. Of the six men immortalised, only three, including Native American Ira Hayes, made it back to the US alive. Also known as the Marine Corps War Memorial, it is located outside Arlington National Cemetery.
The Smithsonian National Museum of American History houses an eclectic collection of Americana, including the original Star Spangled Banner, Miss Piggy, dresses belonging to various First Ladies, Dorothy's red ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz and a section of the original Greensboro lunch counter where four black students began a sit-in in 1960 in protest against segregation.
Two museums that are a must see are the National Museum of Crime & Punishment and The International Spy Museum. Fans of cops shows, real life crime, thrillers, espionage and James Bond will be thrilled by both. They are conveniently situated about five minutes away from each other but give yourself plenty of time in each. Also try to go when the kids are in school.
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