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Geography of D.C.

Understand the geography and layout of Washington D.C., originally designed by Pierre Charles L'Enfant, and learn about some of the conspiracy theories and secret symbols believed to be embedded in the city's foundation.

Hidden Symbols in DC

13 Secret Symbols Hidden in Plain Sight in Washington D.C. : Read about some of the conspiracy theories surrounding the layout and architecture found in Washington D.C.

National Mall & Downtown Map

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By Peter Fitzgerald (:Image:DC map.svg) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Click on the map to identify numbered landmarks throughout the city. For more maps of the National Mall, click here.

How to Navigate D.C.'s Street System

Listen as Washington D.C. cab driver, Eartha Clark, explains how to navigate the nation's capital.

Pierre Charles L'Enfant

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Pierre Charles, L'Enfant, city planner, Washington D.C.

A Brief History of Pierre L'Enfant and Washington, D.C. : Describes L'Enfant's influence in planning the layout of Washington, D.C.