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washington dc at night

I tried to do research on this but I don't have a definite solution to this. I really wanted to take pictures at the Lincoln memorial at night, at least. But I find no parking near it. I see one just south of Jefferson memorial but I don't know if that is 24hrs parking and how long of a walk. I am also concern about DC having the highest crime rate in america. I really don't want to walk at night because I have a kid and my parents coming along. Your input is appreciated.

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1. Re: washington dc at night

There are several evening, guided tours of the memorials which you could take. But, I honestly don't think you need to be concerned about the safety of walking from a parking spot in the evening.

As I imagine is true of your hometown of Miami, being a crime victim is not the tourist norm. The District is very aware of how much visitors value being able to view the memorials at night and so this is an area which is being well-patrolled. Plus, the memorials themselves are staffed by National Park Rangers until 11:30 PM -- and there are almost always oodles of other visitors there with you in the evening. Go... enjoy!

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Not sure where you're getting your info about DC having the highest crime rate.

http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0921299.html

See Miami at #16 on the most dangerous list. DC didn't even make the list.

Enjoy your trip!

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My 12 year old daughter and I were recently in DC. We stayed just off the mall and were very comfortable walking thru the mall and memorials at night. There are lots of park rangers, organized tours and visitors walking around. I would just not wander off the beaten path.

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My 12 year old daughter and I were recently in DC. We stayed just off the mall and were very comfortable walking thru the mall and memorials at night. There are lots of park rangers, organized tours and visitors walking around. I would just not wander off the beaten path.

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The people that did last years crimes were caught, I haven't heard of any further incidents.

Of course "the mall" covers a lot of territory, and personally I wouldn't worry about visiting the Lincoln or Jefferson Memorials at night. Actually did so last week, escorting a co-worker who had never been to DC before.

9:00 - 9:45p.m. time frame there were hundreds and hundreds of people walking all over the area. Plenty of pedestrians wandering down Consitution Ave, and a good police presence.

Now would I wander around the grassy areas of the Mall by the closed museums at 11:00 at night? No...

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I'd like to give greater context to devlin's comments. There were 5 armed robberies (3 of which included "forcible sexual touching" and another 1 in which a female victim was raped) which took place in the National Mall last summer: 2 on the night of May 25, 1 on May 27, and 2 on July 12. Two took place in the immediate environs of the Washington Monument; the others were on the lawn of the National Mall, between 9th & 12th Streets.

Five young men, ranging in age from 16-22, were arrested & charged for the crimes; all pleaded guilty (to various offenses); the last one to be sentenced (in March) received an aggregate sentence of 41 years' imprisonment.

Horrifying as they would have been for the victims no matter where they took place, these crimes garnered a lot of publicity because they were committed in DC on what is, from a national perspective, nigh "sacred soil".

New police officers were hired & the District's Police Department and the National Park Police hired new officers ramped up patrols of the area, beginning in July 2006. My NEXIS-assisted research yields no reports of violent crime in the National Mall since that time. And from what I've been reading in the Washington Post, the District's new Police Chief, Cathy Lanier, is implementing aggressive iniatives throughout the city.

So based on all that -- and my own very recent experience (was last there the weekend of June 8th) -- I feel very comfortable with my encouragement to prmass. Of course, prudence is always a good idea, anywhere.

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I am not sure who Devlin is, but that still doesn't make DC the city with "the highest crime rate in [A]merica." It is a particularly strange thing for someone who claims to be from Miami to say.

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