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National Christmas Tree at the Ellipse

Many people from around the world travel to the Nation's Capital, Washington D.C., to see the numerous historical monuments and landmarks in the city. The National Mall and Memorial Parks, The White House and the Smithsonian Museums are among the most popular attractions in Washington D.C.

After touring The White House, make your way to the the 52-acre Washington D.C. Ellipse. The Ellipse is a beautiful public park, home to a variety of monuments, located south of The White House.

The site of the Ellipse was the location of horse, mule and cattle corrals and Union troop camp sites, during the American Civil War.

Construction on the Ellipse began in 1867 by the Army Corps of Engineers, with continued improvements through 1894. Each year during the holidays, the United States President lights the National Christmas Tree on the lawn of the Ellipse.

Address: 17th Street and Constitution Ave. NW Washington, Washington D.C. 20001
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