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America's Best Carousels

Smithsonian Carousel, Washington, D.C.

This wood-and-metal carousel, built in 1947, sits right in front of the Smithsonian Castle, adjacent to the National Mall. Try to catch a ride on the horse-dragon hybrid figure; the carousel’s only fantastical creature stands out from the run-of-the-mill horse and chariot figures.

Cost: Free; visitingdc.com.

—Joshua Pramis

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