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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
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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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Bring a book.

One of the most relaxing places in DC. Just go out, bring a blanket and a book. Go during the day and just relax. If you go in the afternoon or evenings... or anytime on the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Alexandria, Virginia

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Wormleysburg, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The National Mall was under construction when we visited. However, with what they have planned, this area should be beautiful when they are done. The only downsides of the construction are the quality of pictures taken of the area, and the lack of places to cross the mall to get to other museums.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

One of the most relaxing places in DC. Just go out, bring a blanket and a book. Go during the day and just relax. If you go in the afternoon or evenings... or anytime on the weekends, you can run into a lot of sports and pick up games going on. We used to play softball there, but they've cracked... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I would recommend this site as a must but make sure you have water snacks and comfy walking shoes. We visited in Feb and found the amount of people was not too many and we layered up for warmth. I can't stress enough the snacks and water with comfy shoes and simply take in the whole experience.

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Parker, Colorado
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Much of it was torn up and being renovated, including the capital itself. I had looked online and browsed around, and this was not evident in looking at websites and signing up for tours. My one chance likely to see it, and it wasn't it's best.

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Cary
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The abysmal condition of the National Mall -- a huge construction zone; a lumbering mess of a project; an eyesore to all, is a real disgrace, an embarrassment to our country. Only the museums on the perimeter of the make it worthwhile.

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Hornchurch, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We walked the Mall a few times as there is so much to see and visit. From Capitol Building to the Monument is a 20 minute walk and again the same to the Lincoln Memorial. We walked it both during the day and at night and felt completely safe. I would recommend walking up to the Lincoln Memorial at dusk... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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122 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Enjoyed this place along with everything else we had time for. Unfortunately the bus tours from NYC don't really give one enough time.

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Toronto, Canada
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you have a full day you can walk along the national mall and stop at anything and everything that interests you, whether it's museums, gift shops, memorials, or gardens since it's all conveniently located in one spot! If you're in a hurry (and in good shape) you can do the entire thing in 4 hours.

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Thank Kristina N
fort lee , new jersey
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408 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

From the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument with the reflecting pool in between, the view is astounding. You must climb the stairs to see the huge Lincoln sitting in his chair.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The mall is much bigger than you realize. I spent a day walking around looking at the various monuments. By the end of the day I had walked about 8 miles going back and fourth, including all the walking through the museums. You'd probably have a better time breaking it up but I was in town for a short amount... More 

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