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National Mall

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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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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20565
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Despite the advice, we ended up walking the whole distance of the National Mall. Due to the shutdown, we didn't have a lot of places to go, such as the museums, so we saw the Washington monument and Lincoln memorial along the walk. Interesting place...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Alaa A
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What a delightful way to see this city. Start at one end and take plenty of time to absorb all as you walk the length. So much beauty to see The lungs of this lovely city

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank DinahGO
Reviewed 4 days ago

The monuments and buildings are all so close you get to see them all in under an hour. At the time I visited there were also Anti- Trump protests but they were all managed very well by the security they didnt get in the way...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ntungwerishocolman
Reviewed 4 days ago

Great to see this stretching out from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. We were lucky to have fine bright weather albeit pretty cold to walk the full length all the way to Congress.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Lavarcham
Reviewed 6 days ago

It was around the National Mall that we spent nearly all our time when we visited Washington DC. It is all there within walking distance : the most iconic museums, galleries and memorials in the USA. Whether your interest is in history, art, science or...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank DirkW107
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A place to walk the extra mile. All monuments and memorials on American history can be visited on foot. It will take a few days when the museum's are to be visited as well. We could not do that due to the shutdown but the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank josenjannie
Reviewed 1 week ago

Was a blast for the 2018 Stanley Cup Champions Rally for the Caps! Was a sea of red, and was a sight to remember

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank cowanfamily11
Reviewed 1 week ago

A national treasure. This place is huge. Bring good walking shoes because you'll need them. There is a very convenient stop made by the public transit system that lets you out at the Smithsonian stop if you are staying out of the downtown DC area...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MikeandJim
Reviewed 1 week ago

For museum goers and plaque reading addicts, the Washington Mall is a dream come true. Four days was insufficient to cover all of the bases.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Murray H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Walked the entire length on a crisp cold day but the sun was shining. Happy to have this fantastic experience together with family. Bring flat shoes.

Date of experience: January 2019
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parisf_07
December 6, 2018|
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Response from angiegl_75 | Reviewed this property |
There is metered parking all along the roads adjacent to the mall, and side roads from the mall
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Alclarke96
August 11, 2018|
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Response from 959careyj | Reviewed this property |
All museums are next and across from each other. You could do 2-3 in day but you might miss some stuff!! They are big and you can do lot of different things in each. I think the air and space is a must and American history... More
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apatriot73
July 15, 2018|
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Response from AndyCworld | Reviewed this property |
I run on the Mall 2-3 times a week, from the Capitol to the Lincoln (essentially the entire length) at all different times from morning to late night. Like most places, dawn and dusk are worse than others since that's just... More
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Ofri A
Ra'anana, Israel
What to do in 4 free nights in Washington DC? (4 Replies)
Hi! I have 4 free nights (from 18:00) in Washington DC (business trip). Beside National Mall, where to spend the left 3 nights? Thank you
May 13, 2011|
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When? The Portait Gallery/American Art Museum is open until 7. The Phillips Collection is open late Thursdays
Ineedavacanow
Sterling Hts, MI
How many days for a proper DC Vaca? (5 Replies)
Looking to take my 15-year old to DC. How many days should we plan to stay if we were interested in the following sites: Smithsonian, Holocaust Memorial,Arlington National Cemetery, FDR Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Washington Monument, WWII Memorial, Ford Theater, White House, Capitol, Supreme Court, National Archives, Library of Congress, National Mall, Bureau of Printing and Engraving, Peterson House, National Portrait...More
February 27, 2008|
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The Smithsonian is several different museums. Seeing all of that on one trip would be difficult. I would see how many days you want to stay after checking hotels prices if budget is a concern and then choose which are most important on a first trip. Holocaust Memorial. I think you are probably referring the Holocaust Memorial Museum, it's not just a memorial, and takes a few hours to go through. I point this out becuse other cities have something which is just a memorial rather than a...More
inga0013
Minneapolis, Minnesota
D.C. hotels closest to National Mall..... (3 Replies)
Hello! Am taking my 11 year old son to D.C. this summer, which hotels are closest to the National Mall? We would skip the car if close enough to walk and hop the metro! Thank you so much for all input!
November 24, 2009|
Response fromPandaPal|
As long as you're by a metro station, you should be able to skip the car, especially if you fly into National Airport (DCA). What does your budget look like? If you're willing to splurge, there's the Willard or the newly-opened W. If not, most of the chains are represented within half a mile of the Mall.