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Rising on the banks of the historic Potomac River, Alexandria, founded in 1746, is steeped in African American history. Visit the city to seek an understanding of civil rights from colonial times to the Civil War, illuminated by a compelling collection of sites. Originally the segregated library for Alexandria's African American residents, the Black History museum documents the local and national African American experience through exhibits, speakers and interactive programs. Visit the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center to learn about those enslaved at nearby Mount Vernon. This exhibit explores the household furnishings, art works, archaeological discoveries, documents, and demonstrates how closely intertwined the lives of the Washington family members were with those they enslaved. Walking tours of Old Town Alexandria, offered by Manumission Tour Company, provide additional insight by sharing little-known stories from the era of slave trade.

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There are plenty of cool and interesting activities in Los Angeles most tourists rarely partake in, like the cave in Griffith Park that once doubled as Batman's lair. With that in mind, we pulled together a list of some of the best under-the-radar things to do in Tinseltown.

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Fridays through Aug. 3