‘Reopening D.C.’: What To Expect From Capitol Hill To The National Mall

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Mall in Washington is lined with plenty of tourist hot spots. Many of these buildings are home to Smithsonian Museums from Natural History to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Smithsonian gradually reopened to visitors this spring and early summer.

The Hirshhorn Museum reopens, and the National Postal Museum caps off their reopening next Friday. Visitors are encouraged to check the Smithsonian website for the full COVID safety protocol.

The next stop for many visitors: the U.S. Capitol. The good news: the fences surrounding the Capitol complex after January 6th were removed earlier this summer. You can now walk up to the Capitol building again and snap some photos. The bad news: tours of the Capitol are still closed to the public, a measure that’s been in place since the pandemic began.

There is plenty to see over there as well, including the U.S. Supreme Court and Library of Congress which are across the street. Of course, there are plenty of other famous sites to see including the White House, the monuments, the National Archives (home to the U.S. Constitution and more famous documents) and so many other popular spots to see in the nation’s capital.

Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area are full of history, and a future that’s once again open to visitors.


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