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This tour of DC’s biggest contributions to the most important artifacts around the world will take you all over the city (you might want to use a car):

The World’s Biggest Chair
In 1959, the Curtis Brothers furniture store built the world’s biggest chair, placed it on a pedestal in Southeast DC, and created a local landmark.
   V Street & Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE

Chinatown Friendship Gate
Gifted to DC by its sister city, Beijing, the gorgeous gate that marks the entrance to Chinatown is the largest single-span Chinese gate in the world (47 feet high and 61 feet wide).
   H Street & 7th Street, NW

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
This beautiful neo-byzantine structure is the largest Catholic Church in the Western Hemisphere, and one of the largest in the world.
   400 Michigan Avenue, NE
   see their website for daily and Sunday mass schedule

National Geographic
The 34 foot globe at the National Geographic is said to be the largest globe in the world.
   17th & M Streets, NW
   Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm

The Brickskeller
Finish up your afternoon with dinner and a drink. This bar claims to have the largest beer list in the world. Cheers magazine named it the best beer program in the U.S. for 2001.
   1523 22nd St, NW
   Sunday 6pm-2am; Monday-Thursday, 11:30am-2am
   Friday, 11:30am-3am; Saturday, 6pm-3am

If you want to see the usual tourist sights but with a slightly different perspective, a few big facts can inform your trip:

  • The Washington Monument is the tallest freestanding masonry structure in the world.
  • The Library of Congress has the largest collection of publications in the world.
  • The International Spy Museum is the largest spy museum in the world.

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