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“Huge” 4 of 5 stars
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National Mall
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Small-Group National Mall Walking Tour in Washington DC
Ranked #18 of 396 things to do in Washington DC
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Open area of gardens, fountains, trees and monuments stretching nearly two miles between the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial.
Fortaleza, CE
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Huge”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

I walked around the National Mall on a Segway, and it is huge. Surrounded by museums and historic buildings is mandatory for any visitor to DC. The green areas are well groomed and preserved. From the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial is a walk of about 2.14 miles. It is impossible to see everything in just one visit. Organize yourself and choose the attractions that most appeal to you.

Visited November 2012
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Maryland
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“From End to End”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

With the Capitol at one and and the White House at the other, it is easy to see why the National Mall is such a popular place. We enjoyed walking on the sandy paths and people watching. The directional maps placed along the way make it easy to pop into the museums and galleries of interest.

Visited October 2012
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South Carolina
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“Bigger than it appears on the map!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

I think the National Mall is one of the most beautiful places in the world. It's a monument to free speech, democratic government, community, intellectual pursuit, and citizens' sacrifice for their country and the world. Even though obtaining an understanding of the politics and practicalities that go into managing the Mall would probably be like touring a sausage factory, I love it.

The Mall wasn't looking very picturesque when I visited, but the open sections were still pleasant to walk through and around. All the museums and memorials, as well as the Smithsonian Metro stop, are still accessible from the Mall. A complete walk around the Mall, even if you don't stop to look at the monuments or in the museums, is a reasonably lengthy trip. Wear comfortable shoes and take water, food (unless you don't mind paying for the overpriced fare the Mall concessionaires sell) and weather-appropriate clothing and accessories. Screen on the Green, the Smithsonian's Folklife Festival, and other events take place on the Mall, so check your travel book or DC event listings to see if anything will be going on while you're in town.

Don't drive into downtown DC if you can avoid it. Parking is limited and traffic is terrible. Take public transportation or a taxi. Or walk - Washington is a pedestrian-friendly town. If you're staying within walking distance of the Mall you're like to catch a lot of other historic and cultural sites just getting where you want to go.

Visited June 2012
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Oakville, Canada
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“Lot's Of Walking”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

If one is in the mood to do alot of walking than this part of Washingto DC is worth doing. There is certainly alot of park space and different types of sites to check out along the way. Lot's of food carts placed along the roadway. Some tourist type of carts to sell you some t-shirts, etc.

Visited April 2012
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Elgin, Illinois
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“Excellent walking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

Loved the leisurely walks we could take around the Mall and the way it flowed from one museum to the other. Excellent place to just chill out with a treat and take in the day

Visited November 2012
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