You really don't need to spend a lot of time at the National Archives unless you have a thing for government records (the Archive has all federal records since the 1700s)—in fact, an hour is more than enough time. The biggest reason to visit is for those most famous of documents—the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights (collectively known as the Charters of Freedom). While you're here you might as well take a look at the sketches of the Great Seal of the United States—appreciate them—it took the Continental Congress a whopping six years and three committees to agree on the design (and you thought things were simpler in the good old days).
Attractions & Landmarks, Arts & Museums
- Nearest Train: Archives-Navy Memorial