National Mall

National Mall, Washington DC: Hours, Address, National Mall Reviews: 4.5/5

National Mall
Historic Walking Areas • Parks
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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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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Neighborhood: Upper Northwest
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  • L'Enfant Plaza • 5 min walk
  • Archives • 7 min walk
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Spring Branch, TX299 contributions
Jun 2022
Be sure to take sunscreen and an umbrella and plenty of water. The city is currently installing some new water refilling stations, but there are only a few around that work. Very expensive, so plan on spending a lot of money unless you take snacks and drinks in a backpack with you.
Written June 13, 2022
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New York City, NY250 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
Let’s be straight up. The Smithsonian Museums, the National Gallery, the monuments & memorials on the National Mall are tremendous & mind-boggling. You want to see it all but the heat temperatures and walking expanse slow you down. I started at the original Smithsonian Castle w/ the Enid Haupt gardens. Stunning. Educational. Exotic. Enigmatic. You want to stay and read the label of each plant. You get garden envy and start dreaming of planting succulents, lavender, cacti, lilies & ornamental grass! I stayed longer and took too many photos. The museum exhibits were closed, but the NG West Wing was open w/ timed entry tickets on line.
Written September 9, 2020
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Gautam R
Laurel, MD205 contributions
Mar 2021
Despite living in Maryland, it has been a few years since we had visited the Mall. It was a cool, sunny, 60 degree day, and the Cherry Blossoms had not yet bloomed. Despite all the Smithsonian museums being closed, we thought this would be a fun outing, and we were not disappointed.

We arrived at the Lincoln Memorial around 10:30, and parked on 17th street. We had 2 hours of parking. We walked to the Lincoln Memorial, and then walked down to the Korean memorial, Martin Luther King, and then FDR. Each one is peaceful, beautiful, and powerful in its own way. We then walked around the tidal basin to the Jefferson Memorial, which was under construction. Bathrooms were open at MLK and Jefferson. We walked quickly back and retraced our steps before our parking expired.

We then drove to 21st street (around F street) and parked again. We had lunch at one of the food trucks across from the Washington Monument. We walked to the Washington Monument, then WWII, and then walked back to our car (2:45). The total distance walked was around 6.5 miles, and it was a wonderful visit of almost all the monuments (we missed Vietnam).

Our children (11&13) were old enough to appreciate the powerful history of these monuments, and had the energy for the walking.

A great way to spend a day outside.
Written March 20, 2021
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Carlos D
1 contribution
Mar 2022 • Family
Bird Scooter

Took my nephew to DC for the weekend for a basketball tournament. We got there pretty late and were a little restless so decided to take scooter rides around the capital to stretch our legs and kill some energy. The 1 hour ride is advertised for $12. The app charged me $30 for my hour ride. When I contacted customer support they were less than helpful and then told me there was nothing they could do. I sat and thought about how many tourists come to DC and either don't notice this charge or are written off like I was. They must make a fortune ripping off customers. I checked my nephews account and he used a different scooter and wasn't over charged. This was my first and last time using these scooters in DC. This was recommended by a friend and the hotel but when they take advantage and have no empathy it leaves a bad taste for tourist.
Written March 30, 2022
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Takoma Park, MD362 contributions
Oct 2019
I grew up in the Maryland suburbs, so I've been visiting the Mall all my life. The US Capitol is at one end and the Lincoln Memorial is at the other. In between are large rectangles of public lawn and dusty gravely paths. It's transversed by streets (lined with food trucks) and the bulk of the Smithsonian museums are along its edge.

You can't see everything in one day. You can hit all the monuments and memorials in a day, including the little walk to the TIdal Basin, where you can see the Jefferson Memorial and the MLK and FDR Memorials. There are too many museums to see in a day - Air and Space, African American History Museum, National History, National Gallery of Art, the Freer-Sackler, the Hirschhorn, American History, the Smithsonian Castle, Museum of the American Indian, the Holocaust Museum, the US Botanic Garden. They are all free. There is also the Washington Monument, which you can go up - even as a local, I've never felt like waiting in line to do so.

Weather permitting, people will be picnicking, playing sports, flying kites, and hanging out on the grass. To the sides towards the museums are trees providing shade and more places to relax, and the walking paths are lined with benches. The Mall is almost two miles long, so you'll probably need them. There is also a carousel that operates in the warmer months. There are lots of plantings and little gardens on the museum grounds, particularly behind and around the Smithsonian Castle, and the Hirschhorn also has a sunken sculpture garden. Oh, and a little ice rink in the winter.

The most convenient Metro stop is Smithsonian, on the blue and orange lines. Basically, if you are visiting DC as a tourist, this will be your major hub. Pretty much all the must sees are here or close by.
Written January 15, 2020
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Chris D
Athens, GA45 contributions
Apr 2022
The Mall is a great place for so many types of activities. Whether a stroll, taking the dog for a walk, relaxing on the grass, tossing a frisbee, or using your first amendment right to protest your government. During most any trip to the Mall, you will see it all.

Be cautious of those trying to sell things in the area. While some are legit, some are not. The prices are also generally higher here than in some other areas, which is common for a lot of high traffic areas. Avoid the food trucks that sometimes line the roadways, unless you have no other options or just want an ice cream or a drink.
Written May 2, 2022
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George Matthews
4 contributions
Apr 2021 • Friends
I’ve been going to the National Mall for years and I love it! I’m always so impressed with the beauty and impressiveness of the museums and monuments, and how easy it is to get lost and spend a whole afternoon there.

I listened to a great episode of a podcast when I went this time, which detailed the entire history of the Mall and many of the monuments there. There was apparently so much I didn’t know! It was called The Educator Podcast: Walking History, for anyone who might be interested.

Hope you enjoy your time there like I did!
Written April 26, 2021
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Anna M
Encinitas, CA567 contributions
Apr 2021
We visited in the last week of April. NONE of the museums were open. So disappointing, however, the Mall was not crowded at all which made it very nice. It was easy and pleasant to walk from Lincoln Memorial all the way to the Capitol Building. We discovered a free shuttle that took us back to where we started in the morning! The shuttle was called the Circulator. It might have a minimal cost as the museums open up.
The Mall is well tended and security keeps it safe. I walked many mornings around 6:30. Many walkers, bikers, and joggers used the pathways.
There are open sculpture gardens to enjoy and the pool in front of the Capital building is open.
Written May 21, 2021
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Northampton, UK922 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We had a great day exploring Washington, it's so clean and tidy and spacious. It doesn't feel cramped and chaotic the way New York does.
We walked along the mall and it was so peaceful at sunset. We took in all the beautiful big buildings and walked from the Monument to the Lincoln Memorial, absolutely loved it. There's loads of areas to park along the road and numerous parking garages. We opted for a parking garage as it felt more secure and only cost us around $13 for the whole day
Written January 23, 2020
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Anthony C
Guisborough, UK80 contributions
Mar 2020
We walked from the Lincoln memorial to Capitol Hill a distance of 2.5 miles. From the Washington Memorial to Capitol Hill the Mall is lined on both sides by museums and buildings of interest, the museums and buildings we visited were free but you have a security check to go through which had different times depending on the amount in the queues.There is bound to be a meuseum or building that will take your fancy
Written March 17, 2020
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