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Experts are trying to determine whether the National Mall and the nation's monuments are sinking and whether the August earthquake made it worse.
The National Mall is not looking its best, ripped up due to construction work. Beyond the Mall, tourist spots like Union Station and the National Cathedral are also suffocated in scaffolding and orange mesh. It leaves a lot to be desired for tourists in town to see the cherry blossoms.
National parks in D.C., Maryland and Virginia generated more than $1.8 billion in revenue in 2010 from 58 million visitors and supported more than 22,000 related jobs.
Visitors can see the first work of 360-degree cinema in a continuous cylinder from sundown to midnight from March 22 through May 20.
Fifty years ago, the carousel on the Mall sat in Gwynn Oak Amusement Park just outside of Baltimore. Gwynn Oak opened in the 1890s and was "Whites-Only" for many years.
Frederick Douglass was black and that was enough for the Smithsonian Institution to bar the famed abolitionist from speaking at a lecture series intended to convince President Abraham Lincoln that he should end slavery as war divided the nation in February 1862.
The family foundation of a Washington developer is announcing a $1 million gift to help restore the National Mall's grounds and facilities.
Visitors to the National Mall and to Arlington National Cemetery will have new transportation options in time for the National Cherry Blossom Festival.