. . . seen the tropical side of the Mall. Washington can be drab and gray in January, but it's always summer on the patio at the Organization of American States. The lush space anchors an office building impressive enough to do a hemisphere proud. Out back, a small art museum features rotating exhibits that serve as a warm-up to the star attraction: a stunning blue-tiled loggia, decorated in Aztec and Inca designs. Take the time to plan a tour . . . and be sure to see the "world's longest underground mural."
The patio garden inside the Organization of American States headquarters on 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.
(Andrea Bruce Woodall -- The Washington Post)
Organization of American States
17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW
Tours are available Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 202-458-3927 or go to www.oas.org.
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