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You've heard how First Lady Dolly Madison saved George Washington's portrait from the burning White House in 1814, probably written term papers on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln while watching a play at Ford's Theatre and seen grainy news footage of President John F. Kennedy being laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. After studying the facts in history class, why not take a trip to Washington, D.C. to see where the events actually took place?
Practically the entire metro region is steeped in history so when it came time to pick the most outstanding places, we narrowed down our 10Best choices by only selecting locations where historical events took place or where well-known figures lived.
If you are willing to take a drive, national battlefields are not to be missed. In December, Antietam offers an annual memorial illumination featuring 23,000 candles – one for each solider killed, wounded or missing during the day-long 1862 battle in Sharpsburg, Md. A three-day reenactment is held every July to mark the anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. People from all over the world flock to the small Southern Pennsylvanian town dressed in military uniforms.
Be sure to dust off those history books before coming because they are filled with events that happened right here in the Washington, D.C. area.