(Baltimore Sun/Lloyd Fox)
November 17, 2008
Become engaged in the Battle of Baltimore at the National Museum of American History. Besides the vintage flag that inspired Francis Scott Keys' Star Spangled Banner, artifacts include Plymouth Rock, the Greensboro lunch counter, Dorothy's ruby slippers and coming soon: Bob Dylan's leather jacket.
(National Mall, Fourteenth Street and Constitution Ave., 202-633-1000, americanhistory.si.edu/)