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The National Mall

National Mall

Park and Plaza
Northwest Washington, Washington
  • C-SPAN
    "Watch the Inaugural, gavel-to-gavel, LIVE on C-SPAN and..."(6 Tips)
    Marta Lynne S.
    "Great spot for kickball!"(5 Tips)
    JoAnn M.
    "... Memorial and the Washington Monument - It's the Declaration of Independence..."(5 Tips)
    Andrea M.
    "Museums are close by and its great because there free of course."(26 Tips)
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  • The White House
    The White HouseJanuary 19, 2013
    Saturday, January 19th is a National Day of Service to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Join President Obama and find a service opportunity near you. Read more
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • 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.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The National Mall
    The 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    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
  • 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)
  • 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!
  • Murad G.
    Everything is amazing here. Wonderful idea to take a peaceful walk for leisure or for reflection.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
    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!
  • 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
  • Armie
    ArmieNovember 2, 2014
    Been here 50+ 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
  • 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).
  • 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!
  • 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 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.
  • Wrigley F.
    Wrigley FielderOctober 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The Mall is a hot mess of destruction until January 2017. Bring sunglasses because the wind kicks up the bare dirt like the Depression-era Dust Bowl. 💨😳
  • 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.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Liaison Capitol Hill, a Joie de Vivre Hotel
    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!
  • Jakub D.
    Jakub DubravčíkNovember 8, 2015
    My favorite place in Washington, really like the atmosphere and view from there.
  • 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.
  • Luke C.
    Luke CardyDecember 27, 2015
    Best view of the mall is without a doubt from the top of the monument.
  • Mary N.
    Mary NamestnikNovember 28, 2015
    Wear some comfortable shoes! A pretty walk and there are so many museums and food trucks!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Melanie D.
    Melanie DaouineApril 29, 2016
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  • Mandar S.
    Mandar ShidhoreSeptember 7, 2013
    Excellent views around, specially if one is ready to walk his/her feet off. Worth a experience.
  • Anna F.
    Anna FaderNovember 28, 2015
    The closest thing America has to Paris. A wonderful public and cultural space.
  • Soundtrack F.
    Historic area where the political rally for African American civil rights occurred, in which Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Join the Revolution! Read more
  • Soneeka A.
    Soneeka AroraJuly 9, 2014
    Just love the walk here...surrounded by picturesqu monuments... great for picture taking or sketching.
  • VelvetCrate
    VelvetCrateAugust 10, 2015
    Monuments galore! They are amazing to see during both the day and at night.
  • Bill M.
    Bill MichaelsFebruary 6, 2016
    A true marvel many cities would love to have. Full of historical memories and a place for year round fun for all !
  • C-SPAN
    C-SPANJune 30, 2010
    4th of July Fireworks are set off above the reflecting pool, between the Lincoln and World War II Memorials between 9:00-9:30 p.m. ET.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Benjamin D.
    Benjamin DoyleJune 10, 2015
    big open area, lots of food trucks on the avenues in the summer. avoid "Wasub?!" as they are wicked slow
  • Kirill K.
    Kirill KukuruzaMarch 18, 2016
    Amazing place among the numerous monuments in Washington DC
  • CollegeFashionista
    CollegeFashionistaJanuary 14, 2014
    Taking a walk, doing some homework or just admiring DC's nature and history is the best way to spend your afternoon.
  • Harjit
    HarjitApril 30, 2013
    Definitely a very public venue. Lots of people walking, jogging, playing, sunbathing, relaxing, and taking photos.
  • Jared S.
    Jared SakOctober 5, 2011
    Bike the entire mall at night for a pleasant view of all the sights. Saves time and less crowds at night.
  • Greg Z.
    Greg ZambranoJuly 9, 2016
    Beautiful place, with many opportunities to learn about U.S. history and culture.
  • JoAnn M.
    JoAnn McCulloughAugust 13, 2010
    Best place on the whole Mall is between the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Washington Monument - It's the Declaration of Independence Signers Memorial. It's a nice place to walk around..
  • Jen K.
    Jen KMarch 23, 2013
    Check out the Schwarma truck nearby. Solid choice. Few benches - grab the closest one you see.
  • Edrea
    EdreaFebruary 23, 2012
    If you work in DC ... bring your gym clothes and go for a run around after work and get your sweat on! :) Watch out for the mosquitoes during the summer! They'll get ya!
  • Byron W.
    Byron WilkesJanuary 16, 2016
    There used to be buffalo roaming on the national mall, but the herd grew too large and this is how the zoo was founded.
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony MaioranaMarch 19, 2013
    Try to listen to older French music like Edith Piaf and imagine what L'Enfant was trying to accomplish with his design of the city.
  • Fare Buzz
    Fare BuzzOctober 10, 2011
    The best place to start your journey, as the National Mall is home to many historical monuments.
  • Bruno M.
    Bruno MartinsApril 11, 2016
    Nice place to rest, read a book and or go to museums. For free!!
  • Richard E.
    Richard EfthimOctober 28, 2014
    They currently have much of the Mall fenced of for renovation. If got are visiting Smithsonian museums you might have a two to three block detour. Plan accordingly
  • Elizabeth J.
    Elizabeth JacksonJanuary 21, 2013
    What a important piece of history I'm experiencing here; great friends and wonderful Americans! Four More Years!!!
  • Jeremy W.
    Jeremy WilcoxAugust 29, 2014
    Try to hit every museum and monument and memorial around the mall in one day... Best exercise you'll get all week!
  • Close G.
    Close GitmoJanuary 11, 2012
    Jan 11(right now!): the National Day of Action Against Guantanamo & the NDAA! Join us at 1130 in Lafayette Square across from the White House. The program and march will run from Noon-2:30pm EST
  • Steven A.
    Steven AndrophyFebruary 8, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Tourists, kites, protestors, dead grass. Oh, and some monuments, memorials, and museums too.
  • Jared C.
    Jared CampbellJuly 15, 2015
    Great place to people watch. Extra points for answering dumb questions from tourists. "Where's the stores in the National Mall?"
  • Joy V.
    Joy VJune 11, 2016
    Washington Monument plus memorials to Lincoln, MLK, FDR, WWII & Vietnam vets along a grassy mall.
  • Clarke C.
    Clarke CaywoodJune 27, 2011
    D.C. BBQ fest. Pork Grower's still say they use "pork the other white meat" but used banners with vague words like " imagine".
  • Easy Figure I.
    Watching the Presidential Inauguration from Italy! Greetings to all Americans across the globe!
  • Sarah
    SarahOctober 10, 2012
    Closed for repairs. :(. BeAutiful grounds for the kids to play though
  • Cherylyn T.
    Cherylyn TompkinsDecember 12, 2015
    What's good to see on The National Mall? Everything AND the Museums & Monuments are FREE!! Enjoy!!! ♡♡♡
  • Brett G.
    Brett GarwoodJuly 11, 2015
    Jog, sit, read, relax. Many great spots and views for all those things.
  • Katie S.
    Katie SantoMarch 6, 2010
    Running a 5K along the National Mall is easy and fun to do! Running during the day is great, but the run at night is even better!
  • Philip J. Fry
    Philip J. FrySeptember 3, 2011
    The Washington Monument is pretty neat but you should see the Clinton Monument that stands next to it in the year 3000.
  • The Transit Navigator
    The Transit NavigatorSeptember 25, 2011
    The site of many inaugurations and public rallys, this landmark area is worth visiting. "FORREST!" "JENNY!"
  • Maria F.
    Maria Fernández ManteigaSeptember 19, 2014
    Air and space, American Indian and holocaust museums...
  • Liam F.
    Liam FMarch 24, 2015
    Yes yes yes!! Go if you get the chance!
  • Curtis M.
    Curtis MejeurJune 1, 2010
    If there's a parade on Constitution, camp out in front of Amer. History Museum. There's shade, grass, and a great view.
  • C-SPAN
    C-SPANJanuary 17, 2013
    Watch the Inaugural, gavel-to-gavel, LIVE on C-SPAN and afterwards online at Read more
  • Jason K.
    Jason KyleFebruary 16, 2012
    Awe inspiring. Every American should be mandated to walk the Mall at least once in their lives.
  • PETA
    PETAJuly 20, 2011
    Awesome Glass Walls Exhibit right in front of the Natural History museum!
  • Intan S.
    Intan SPJuly 23, 2011
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  • Alison
    Alison3 weeks ago
    This place only disappoints if you're expecting a large shopping center. A must-see if you're in the DC area.
  • Maggie M.
    Maggie MacGNovember 22, 2015
    Great place to take a stroll in our nation's capital.
  • DV G.
    DV Green🌀January 21, 2013
    The National Mall receives approximately 24 million visitors each year.
  • Doug W.
    Doug WMarch 1
    It's just a must do if you're in DC.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • TBD
    TBDOctober 30, 2010
    It can be tough to find restaurants near here. We've got a map of restaurants close by at the link. Read more
  • Megan L.
    Megan LipsmeyerJune 4, 2012
    Bring sunscreen, ride a bike, wear sunscreen. Enjoy!
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Touring the Mall before #inaug2013? Stop by & say #HelloUSDA today - January 18 - between 10-2! @PeoplesGarden tours @ 11:30 & 1. RSVP
  • Bikabout
    BikaboutJanuary 28
    The National Mall is a euphoric night riding experience. Travel guide -
  • Help the Homeless DC
    Help the Homeless DCAugust 30, 2011
    We'll be hosting our 2011 Help the Homeless Walkathon on November 19th! Be sure to check us out on the mall and register to help end homelessness!
  • Leslie
    LeslieNovember 7, 2011
    One of my fav DC things to do - walk, bike or run along the mall. Read more
  • DC Preservation League
    DC Preservation LeagueAugust 11, 2011
    Planned from 1791 to 1901. It is a major element of the L'Enfant Plan and it includes approximately 10 buildings.
  • Cathy M.
    Cathy MaloneJune 28, 2012
    Relaxing summer evening with unique food and unique music
  • kirstie r.
    kirstie rApril 8, 2013
    Enjoy a lunch on the bench on a nice day.
  • Michael F.
    Michael FiolkerNovember 12, 2013
    Ich kam mir vor wie in einem Film wenn man hier vorbei läuft wo schon Tom Hanks vorbei gelaufen ist.Ein sehr schöner größer Platz zum rumrennen oder die Umgebung genießen
  • Baran E.
    Baran ErişJuly 22, 2016
    Washington DC'nin turistik bölgesi! Beyaz Saray, sanattan tarihe müzeler, anıtlar, kamu binaları ve yeşil alanlardan oluşan bir yer.
  • Hussein M.
    Hussein MusaadJuly 5, 2013
    كل امريكا متجمعين ولا شفت مثل استهبال عيالنا باليوم الوطني 4th of July , The Independent Day of #USA @ The National Mall.
  • Jose Manuel V.
    Lugar para disfrutar una arquitectura sensacional, rodeado de museos y de mucha historia.
  • c c.
    c contrerasOctober 28, 2015
    En esta área se puede apreciar la historia del pueblo americano, los museos son gratis
  • Stephanie F.
    Stephanie FallaOctober 26, 2013
    Para tomarte una foto con los monumentos no te acerques a ellos, es mejor hacerlo de lejos. ;)
  • J V.
    J VMay 12, 2015
    Lugar familiar. Punto imperdible para conocer historia de EEUU. Museos y monumentos por todas partes
  • U.S. Embassy J.
    National Mall adl tmpat plg meriah di Washington utk merayakan hari kemerdekaan AS; dimulai dgn parade & diakhiri dgn kembang api.
  • Jean C.
    Jean CitéAugust 7, 2014
    Un buen lugar para visitar los museos que hay a su alrededor, los monumentos históricos o incluso para hacer footing.
  • Carlos Fabio A.
    En el día o en la noche ambiente fantástico
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