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Spots Kids Love Along the National Mall (Day 2)

If you have two days to explore the National Mall with kids, use this as a guide for the second day
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.6 miles
Duration: Unknown
Family Friendly

Overview:  Put on your walking shoes and get ready to explore the National Mall. This is a quick one-day itinerary for families who have just a... more »

Tips:  Be sure to warn your kids that they'll be going through security at each building you enter along the National Mall. If carrying bags,... more »

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Points of Interest

Start the day with a stop at the Lincoln Memorial. As you race up the steps to pass through the Greek columns and catch a glimpse of Honest Abe, be sure to stop at the spot where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. And after you stand in awe of Lincoln and read the Gettysburg Address that is inscribed... More

Walk west toward the Reflecting Pool, a shallow pool that dramatically reflects images of the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and the surrounding trees and benches. Look left and you'll see the Vietnam Veterans Memorial or right for the Korean War Memorial. If you want to impress the kid with some facts, the Reflecting Pool is 18 inches deep... More

As you approach the National World War II Memorial, ask the kids to find their home state among the 56 granite pillars. If the kids are confused why there are more pillars than states, explain that the memorial represents the 48 U.S. states as of 1945, as well as the District of Columbia, the Alaska Territory and Territory of Hawaii, the... More

From the original "Star-Spangled Banner" to Kermit the Frog, there is no better place to immerse your child in the heritage of the United States than the National Museum of American History.

Recently renovated, other highlights include the Greensboro, N.C., lunch counter, a Dumbo ride car, Dorthy's ruby slippers ("Wizard of Oz... More

With 7.4 million visitors annually, the National Museum of Natural History is the most visited of all the Smithsonian museums and an easy favorite for kids of all ages. Walk into the museum's main rotunda and stand in awe of a giant African elephant that weighed 8 tons when it was hunted. From there, it's up to kids' wildest imaginations where to ... More

Take a break at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. The informal garden has more than six acres of space to spread out among flowering trees, a fountain (which serves as an ice rink in winter) and a cafe with year-round service and indoor seating.

Of course, the best part is the works of art themselves: Just make sure kids keep their... More