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Smithsonian Tourist Numbers Set Record

Security guards posted at the doors of 19 museums in DC counted 25 million visits in 2008.

A convergence of factors are bringing record numbers of tourists to Washington DC. There's the glamorous First Family with young children - and President with enough 'rock star' appeal on his own to make staid Washinton a hipper destination.

Then there's the economic crisis - causing many American families to rethink exotic locales with expensive plane rides in favor of places within driving range.

And, there's a ton of free attractions for tourists in DC.

Meanwhile many tourist locations are suffering during the economic crisis.