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National Mall

National Mall

Plaza and National Park
Southwest Washington, Washington
  • The folks at Michelin Travel & Lifestyle and Washington Post like this place. Would you agree?
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  • Marta Lynne S.
    "Great spot for kickball!"(5 Tips)
    Francesca F.
    "many public rallies and inaugurations."(5 Tips)
    Cherylyn T.
    "Everything AND the Museums & Monuments are FREE!! Enjoy!!! ♡♡♡"(26 Tips)
    Dewana M.
    "Great views of the Capitol & Lincoln Memorial from here."(17 Tips)
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  • Samuel C.
    Samuel CroftAugust 12, 2015
    I live 3 blocks from the Capitol Bldg & I consider the Mall my back yard so, I invite you to come and enjoy my yard. Many things go on during the year so, there is usually something for everyone.
  • Jeffrey Z.
    Jeffrey ZeldmanAugust 10, 2013
    The heart of visitors' DC is a grand, inspiring brochure for America, bounded by historic sights that take your breath away, and ringed by great galleries and museums. Go for a photo walk!
  • May ♍.
    May ♍June 21, 2015
    One of the best places in DC for a stroll, bike ride, or to attend an event! Be sure to check whether theres anything going on before planning your walk . Great to visit during cherry blossom time
  • Ilona L.
    Ilona LaRueApril 19, 2014
    Forget going there for the Cherry Blossom Festival - people are shoulder to shoulder. The Japanese Festival is mostly Animee, punk rock music and long, long lines for expensive fast food.
  • Elisabeth W.
    Elisabeth WhiteSeptember 16, 2011
    The Mall as locals call it is a must see because a lot of people go there& a lot of the best museums are located there.If you can catch the fireworks for the 4th of July,do it.It's like no place else
  • Charles T.
    Charles TabangcoraMarch 12, 2012
    Best way to get here is by the Metro at either L'Enfant stop or Smithsonian. Take in the views and visit all the exhibits in the area. Great way to spend part of the day in DC.
  • Andrea M.
    Andrea MooreMarch 18, 2015
    Museums are close by and its great because there free of course. When there are events it's somewhat crowded but well worth going. I can't wait to go back
  • Francesca F.
    Francesca FicaraFebruary 19, 2013
    The National Mall is a great way to spend a sunny Saturday morning whether by playing sports or lounging on the lawn. It has also been the scene for many public rallies and inaugurations.
  • US National Archives
    Stroll around the National Mall, eat a hot dog, and enjoy all the things the nation's capital has to offer this Fourth of July. Check out this photo of DC's annual fireworks display from 2005! Read more
  • National Mall
    National MallApril 10, 2013
    If you're visiting for the #CherryBlossom Festival, consider making a donation to the Trust for the National Mall, which helps protect the cherry trees. Learn more here: Read more
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    The U.S. Capitol is open to the public- guided tours only. Get your free tickets on the day of your visit, first-come, first-served. At the Capitol Guide Service Kiosk. -- Green Guide Editor
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostSeptember 26, 2013
    The Mall is the site of nearly 3,000 public events annually: marches and rallies, protests and parades, America’s collective comment box to which hundreds of thousands of citizens trek each year. Read more
  • Bikabout
    BikaboutOctober 26, 2016
    C&O MILE 0- Park space running about 18 blocks from the Lincoln Memorial at one end, past the Washington Monument, to the US Capitol Building, and bordered by the various Smithsonian Museums.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    During the summer, the National Mall serves as the backdrop to some classic films. Usually on Mondays, Screen on the Green shows movies beginning at dusk (around 8.30-9pm). -- Green Guide Editor
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Visiting all those museums, memorials and historic sights can get exhausting. Why not take a break at the US Botanic Garden? A plant conservatory across from the Capitol? Sure! -- Green Guide Editor
  • Charles E.
    Charles EdgeJanuary 14, 2012
    Park on the street and go for one of the best strolls in the country. Don't leave your car on the street too late though, or you'll end up gettin' towed!
  • Armie
    ArmieNovember 2, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    #TheConcertForValor on Veterans Day is a first-of-its kind free concert to honor the courage & sacrifice of our veterans & their families on America's front lawn will be televised at 19:00 ET on @HBO
  • Joel P.
    Joel PirroneApril 23, 2010
    Walk to all the museums via the Mall or just stroll from the Capitol to Lincoln Memorial - its the quintessential walk in DC (WH,Cap,Smithsonian,Wash Mem,Lincoln Mem,WW2 Mem,Vietnam Mem,Korea Mem,etc)
  • Trust for the National Mall
    We hope you enjoy your visit to the National Mall. Please join the Trust for the National Mall as we preserve this iconic park for future generations. Read more
  • Wil J.
    Wil JeudyAugust 17, 2014
    They did this place right! Well done!! Museums, monuments, refreshments. Nice walking paths, plenty of shade. You could spend 3 days here!
    TruthorDare.usMay 14, 2011
    We dare you to take the Tidal Basin paddle boats during Cherry Blossom season and try to catch as many cherry blossom petals as you can. After that take the kids to become junior rangers!
  • N ~.
    N ~August 13, 2015
    One of the must-see site. Couples, groups, or family it is a good place to hang out. And in spring, blossoms are beautiful.
  • Trust for the National Mall
    Hundreds of thousands of visitors will be here for Inauguration Day 2013. We need your help to restore the National Mall – not only after high-traffic events, but every day. Learn how you can help. Read more
  • The Vision Council
    The Vision CouncilMarch 12, 2014
    While you're strolling from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial, don't miss the spectacular views! Wear sunglasses to keep the harmful UV rays away and to get the best view possible.
  • Lucie M.
    Lucie MelahnNovember 7, 2011
    Go to the Carousel if weather is nice. In winter go ice skating. If there's a fresh snowfall, this is a great place to go cross country skiing (and appear on national TV news).
  • The Liaison Capitol Hill
    No DC trip is complete without a stop at the National Mall. It’s perfect for a mellow picnic, and you never know what events might be going on there, too!
  • Affinia Hotel Collection
    No DC trip is complete without a stop at the National Mall. It’s perfect for a mellow picnic, and you never know what events might be going on there, too!
  • Chad
    ChadMay 27, 2016
    Come at night. Much less crowded, the monuments are all lit nicely, and in the Summer it's a lot cooler.
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonMarch 1, 2013
    Along the National Mall you’ll find iconic monuments and memorials including the Jefferson Memorial, World War II Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
  • @BaltimoreTom
    @BaltimoreTomAugust 2, 2013
    Visit the fountain on the mall side of the National Archives. The sign says no wading but security didn't mind us putting our feet in.
  • Ali
    AliApril 17
    A land mark worth visiting, exploring, and sight seeing
  • Luke C.
    Luke CardyDecember 27, 2015
    Best view of the mall is without a doubt from the top of the monument.
  • jeyo
    jeyoDecember 14, 2015
    Spend a day walking all through the mall, enjoying all the monuments and sights. Try not to get hit by a tourist on a segway.
  • Catherine M.
    Catherine MasseyJuly 21, 2017
    If you need a break from the bigger crowds, try the Hirshhorn or the Native American museums. Both fabulous.
  • Umman K.
    Umman KhawajaMay 5, 2013
    Best place to park, by the botanical gardens near the Capitol. Always find a spot and it's free on weekends.
  • Jakub D.
    Jakub DubravčíkNovember 8, 2015
    My favorite place in Washington, really like the atmosphere and view from there.
  • Mary N.
    Mary NamestnikNovember 28, 2015
    Wear some comfortable shoes! A pretty walk and there are so many museums and food trucks!
  • John C.
    John CockerillApril 13, 2015
    Walking the entire length of the mall is definitely something that has to be done. So many landmarks to see and beautiful architecture.
  • Stephen P.
    Stephen PangJune 9, 2013
    Lots of food trucks for your lunch...but quality and prices vary. Have something to sit on for the grassy lawn.
  • CARE
    CAREDecember 15, 2011
    Throw us a bone! Take the Students Rebuild challenge and make a bone to represent lives lost in Somalia and the Congo, and it'll be displayed on the National Mall! Read more
  • Lucie M.
    Lucie MelahnNovember 7, 2011
    Street parking is free on weekends. Arrive early to get a spot on the Mall. Plenty of spaces on C or D as well.
  • Ankush S.
    Ankush SaxenaFebruary 15, 2013
    Location of many marathons and picnics, this area is a great sight to see all the monuments in close vicinity
  • Dwayne K.
    Dwayne KilbourneApril 15, 2013
    It's always an enjoyable place to walk - just be sure to have some friends with you just in case!
  • Anna F.
    Anna FaderNovember 28, 2015
    The closest thing America has to Paris. A wonderful public and cultural space.
  • Mandar S.
    Mandar ShidhoreSeptember 7, 2013
    Excellent views around, specially if one is ready to walk his/her feet off. Worth a experience.
  • Murad G.
    Murad GürmeriçMarch 7, 2017
    Everything is amazing here. Wonderful idea to take a peaceful walk for leisure or for reflection.
  • Kirill K.
    Kirill KukuruzaMarch 18, 2016
    Amazing place among the numerous monuments in Washington DC
  • VelvetCrate
    VelvetCrateAugust 10, 2015
    Monuments galore! They are amazing to see during both the day and at night.
  • Cherylyn T.
    Cherylyn TompkinsDecember 12, 2015
    What's good to see on The National Mall? Everything AND the Museums & Monuments are FREE!! Enjoy!!! ♡♡♡
  • Soneeka A.
    Soneeka AroraJuly 9, 2014
    Just love the walk here...surrounded by picturesqu monuments... great for picture taking or sketching.
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