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D.C.'s top 10 places for crying in public, mapped

Including outside the White House, inside the National Cathedral, and in front of fellow NFL fans

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If you feel like sightseeing while weeping, why not try the nation’s capital? It is a place renowned for its history and for its ability to tug on the heartstrings with more than 200 years of drama.

Here are the top 10 spots, then, for crying in public in D.C. Send us any choice ones we might’ve missed too.

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1. Washington National Cathedral

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3101 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 537-6200
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The soaring Neo-Gothic church is cool and general quiet, with numerous nooks and crannies for settling in and sobbing.

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2. Smithsonian National Zoological Park

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3001 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 633-4888
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The National Zoo is a magical and mystical place, smelling of cotton candy, imagination, and unwashed rhino. You can go to the zoo and see some of the world’s most interesting animals. They’re stuck there and can’t leave.

You’re stuck too. You can relate to these creatures and weep with them.

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3. FedEx Field

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Washington’s NFL franchise may never return to the Super Bowl, but you can visit any time and have yourself a Super Bawl. Toward the end of the season every late fall, there’s usually plenty of seats.

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4. The Exorcist Steps

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3600 Prospect St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 789-7000

Although the inspiration for the movie takes place in another state, the eeriness of this filming location pairs well with crying. The filming house is located at this address as well.

However, it looks a mite different than it did in the early 1970s, mainly because you’re lying on the lawn weeping.

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5. The White House

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1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20500
(202) 456-1414
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Every year, hundreds upon thousands flock to the gates of the White House, armed only with giant Nikon cameras and childlike curiosity. They leave those gates in front of Lafayette Square imbued with a sense of wonderment. Not you.

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6. International Spy Museum

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800 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 393-7798
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There is a place to honor those brave souls of the International espionage world, both real and fictional: The International Spy museum, located in the heart of Chinatown.

Added bonus to the museum: You won’t be ostracized for pretending like you’re not crying. In fact, you will be commended for it: Secret agents applaud your commitment to secrecy and your penchant for whispering.

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7. Ford's Theatre

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511 10th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

This spot is hopefully obvious, right?

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8. Lincoln Memorial

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2 Lincoln Memorial Circle NW
Washington, D.C. 20024
(202) 426-6841
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Ah, the majesty of the Lincoln Memorial. There is no place in the nation’s capital that can make you feel so small and insignificant. This is a tremendous place to cry if you're feeling small.

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9. National Air and Space Museum

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600 Independence Ave SW
Washington, D.C. 20560

The District’s aviation museum will take you to new heights! But it will also leave you plenty of capacious room to weep quietly at the majesty of it all. Or at something else.

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10. Gravelly Point Park

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George Washington Memorial Pkwy
Arlington, VA 22202

Gravelly Point is a sprawling meadowland populated with people. Sightseers can be seen, showing their children how to fly kites or meeting some buddies for a friendly soccer match. One can also take a date there and enjoy the scenery.

You two lovebirds can gaze upon the polluted Potomac River or the airplanes buzzing overhead from the neighboring Washington Reagan Airport.

But, do you have a date?

Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Greenmars

1. Washington National Cathedral

3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016
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The soaring Neo-Gothic church is cool and general quiet, with numerous nooks and crannies for settling in and sobbing.

3101 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016

2. Smithsonian National Zoological Park

3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20008
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The National Zoo is a magical and mystical place, smelling of cotton candy, imagination, and unwashed rhino. You can go to the zoo and see some of the world’s most interesting animals. They’re stuck there and can’t leave.

You’re stuck too. You can relate to these creatures and weep with them.

3001 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

3. FedEx Field

Summerfield, MD
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Washington’s NFL franchise may never return to the Super Bowl, but you can visit any time and have yourself a Super Bawl. Toward the end of the season every late fall, there’s usually plenty of seats.

4. The Exorcist Steps

3600 Prospect St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/SDC

Although the inspiration for the movie takes place in another state, the eeriness of this filming location pairs well with crying. The filming house is located at this address as well.

However, it looks a mite different than it did in the early 1970s, mainly because you’re lying on the lawn weeping.

3600 Prospect St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

5. The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20500
The exterior of the White House in Washington D.C. The building has columns flanking the entrance area. Shutterstock

Every year, hundreds upon thousands flock to the gates of the White House, armed only with giant Nikon cameras and childlike curiosity. They leave those gates in front of Lafayette Square imbued with a sense of wonderment. Not you.

1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20500

6. International Spy Museum

800 F St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Marcus Qwertyus

There is a place to honor those brave souls of the International espionage world, both real and fictional: The International Spy museum, located in the heart of Chinatown.

Added bonus to the museum: You won’t be ostracized for pretending like you’re not crying. In fact, you will be commended for it: Secret agents applaud your commitment to secrecy and your penchant for whispering.

800 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

7. Ford's Theatre

511 10th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
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This spot is hopefully obvious, right?

511 10th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

8. Lincoln Memorial

2 Lincoln Memorial Circle NW, Washington, D.C. 20024
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Ah, the majesty of the Lincoln Memorial. There is no place in the nation’s capital that can make you feel so small and insignificant. This is a tremendous place to cry if you're feeling small.

2 Lincoln Memorial Circle NW
Washington, D.C. 20024

9. National Air and Space Museum

600 Independence Ave SW, Washington, D.C. 20560
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The District’s aviation museum will take you to new heights! But it will also leave you plenty of capacious room to weep quietly at the majesty of it all. Or at something else.

600 Independence Ave SW
Washington, D.C. 20560

10. Gravelly Point Park

George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Arlington, VA 22202
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Greenmars

Gravelly Point is a sprawling meadowland populated with people. Sightseers can be seen, showing their children how to fly kites or meeting some buddies for a friendly soccer match. One can also take a date there and enjoy the scenery.

You two lovebirds can gaze upon the polluted Potomac River or the airplanes buzzing overhead from the neighboring Washington Reagan Airport.

But, do you have a date?

George Washington Memorial Pkwy
Arlington, VA 22202