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National Mall

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Address: Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20565
Phone Number: 202-426-6841
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: Open area of gardens, fountains, trees and monuments stretching nearly two...
Open area of gardens, fountains, trees and monuments stretching nearly two miles between the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial.
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Must do when in Washington, D.C.

Loved the museums, historic places, friendly security staff. Wear comfortable shoes for long walks. Wish we had more time to visit each place at a slower pace, so much to see... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Loved the museums, historic places, friendly security staff. Wear comfortable shoes for long walks. Wish we had more time to visit each place at a slower pace, so much to see, great history too. It is a heaven for history teachers and their students.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

With multiple monuments and world class museums all within walking distance - the National Mall is a must do in DC. Most attractions and museums are free - Even tickets to the top of the Washington Monument is free; just make sure you get there early in the morning because they go fast. Spring and summer is probably the best... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

The Mall is actually a large area made up of many of the most popular Smithsonian museums and monuments. Bounded on one end by the Capitol building (dome is under scaffolding now) and the other end by the Lincoln Memorial, it is an all-day (or two) adventure. You really don't want to drive, and the Metro blue line provides easy... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

We did one of the free walking tours around the National Mall which was great! Putting some background and context into what we were looking at.

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United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Great for getting away form all the people, getting a perspective on the size of the place, getting some great sights, and taking a nice walk. Also gets you from museum to museum.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

The National Mall is truly a national treasure. Anchored on one end with the U.S. Capitol and anchored on opposite end by Lincoln Memorial, with so many Smithsonian museums and memorial/monuments in between. Allow a couple of days to truly experience the entire area. Added bonus for frugal travelers- most of museums on National Mall are free.

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Northwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

We strolled through the Mall and leisurely took in all of the sights we had seen for years on television - really thought provoking and historical and well worth taking time out to explore. Will return again to Washington - a great city t be really proud of and a city not to be missed.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

If you don't feel like dealing with crowds to see in the museums just walking along the mall is a great experience too, the buildings are impressive and massive and it is entertaining to people watch. If you arrive in early April you can see the cherry blossoms as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

The National Mall is a bustling place yet peaceful. There is such a mix of people that one cannot help but enjoy the diversity of people watching. The grounds themselves offer a bit of an escape even though the sounds of the city are all around you. Of course, there is plenty to see for free - all museums are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Usher was in town for the Earth Day Activities and gave the visitors to the National Mall a short impromptu concert during his sound check!

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