National Mall
National Mall
4.5
Historic Walking Areas • Parks
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00:00 - 23:59
Monday
00:00 - 23:59
Tuesday
00:00 - 23:59
Wednesday
00:00 - 23:59
Thursday
00:00 - 23:59
Friday
00:00 - 23:59
Saturday
00:00 - 23:59
Sunday
00:00 - 23:59
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Open area of gardens, fountains, trees and monuments stretching nearly two miles between the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial.
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Neighbourhood: Upper Northwest
How to get there
  • L'Enfant Plaza • 5 min walk
  • Archives • 7 min walk
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4.5
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Jeff90038
Los Angeles, CA33 contributions
There aren't many choices for food on the Mall and there are plenty of food trucks. Be prepared to pay a premium price for below average food truck stuff.
Written 23 September 2022
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DJKURTZ
Reading, PA5 contributions
We spent Friday afternoon and most of the day Saturday touring the mall and visiting a few museums. The mall is a true gem that does not exist anywhere in the world. So much history and information completely free for all to visit. This was our first experience at the African American Museum and we were really in awe of the entire place. The exhibits were very informative with top notch execution. Highly recommend all visitors to the Mall make time to see this museum.
Written 19 September 2022
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FernandoEsposito
Buenos Aires, Argentina63 contributions
If you go to Washington DC you can't stop visiting it, walk next to the reflecting pool, see the Washington Monument, the Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the White House.
Written 7 September 2022
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L Sharp
Maryville, TN4 contributions
The photos do not do this place justice. We came to celebrate Granddaughters birthday by seeing all the sights in DC. The Mall is the place we will remember forever. All the museums, all the people we met, riding the scooters and the food we had made for a perfect visit.
Written 16 August 2022
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RowD2192
Sydney, Australia127 contributions
Amazing to see this site along with the Washington monument at the Centre. Our family spent a few hours walking through this park and visited areas including the Korean and Vietnam War Memorial. It was a surreal experience.
Written 7 August 2022
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PROS
• Inspiring
• Massive and long
• Iconic
• Historic location of famous events
• Famous
• Green and peaceful- at least it can be
• Multi-use, including bikers and joggers
• Adjacent to our nation’s Capitol Building
• Adjacent to tens of famous museums
• Adjacent to tens of famous monuments

CONS
• Always busy
• Always active
• can be crowded
• Often construction somewhere, and yes- that can obstruct the magnificent views
• Often temporary structures/activities
• Unmonitored free-for-all for picnicking and impromptu sports (see my photos)

“I VISITED THIS PLACE”…
… during my visit to the Capitol and so many of the museums and the monuments.

Sure- it can be crowded and congested with multiple recreational and sports activities, and temporary and permanent construction, but I loved it.

I was especially thrilled to be there for the 2022 annual folklife festival- ah, how I loved and treasure my memories of my presence at and participation in the 1974, 1975 and 1976 festivals

It was sobering to see that it was more of an ecological. conservational and climate-change tour event, heavily sponsored by the United Arab Emirates, which barely existed then- to say nothing of what’s a foreign country doing sponsoring our national festival on our front yard.

Any exhibits of native or district cultural stuff was absent- I was a woke to that.

TIPS
It’s not a question- go there
Written 5 August 2022
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SKW78
Indianapolis, IN316 contributions
I would usually give it a 5 star, but there were so many white tents, booths, etc. being built up and down the mail for an upcoming event, it was very junky and cluttered looking. You couldn't get the usual beautiful view looking from one end to another. I was very disappointed. The weekend before the 4th of July should be a time for it to look its best.
Written 31 July 2022
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Dickenson Family
Kemptville, Canada879 contributions
Large park located in the heart of Washington. The national monument is the star of the show, worth checking out if you are in the area.
Written 25 July 2022
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341jlb61
Des Moines, IA175 contributions
I know I am repeating myself, but I can't help it. I was so moved to actually be in Washington DC and to visit these famous sites.
Written 18 July 2022
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paula c
Atlanta, GA747 contributions
It is a big area to walk and we had already walked 10 miles. Rented a bike and it was easy and ideal!
Written 13 July 2022
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