Washington: 10 Things to Do

3. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

A small flame burns in front of a plaque at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC PictureNet / Corbis
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O.K., I told you it was not a fun city. But the Holocaust Memorial Museum, located just off the Mall, is profound, unusual and a place you must visit eventually. The architecture enhances the exhibits, which are alternately provocative and heart-stopping. I wouldn't bring young children here. To visit during the high season from March through August, you'll need timed tickets, which you can get on the day of your visit or in advance here. Ride the orange or blue line to the Smithsonian Metro station; take the Independence Avenue exit.

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