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National Mall
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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.
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

Just spent 4 days roaming the National Mall and didn't even see 1/2 of what's there.
I was overwhelmed with all there was to see. The architecture, detail, precision and history was inspiring and sobering. At times it brought tears to my tears to my eyes, other times a smile and always gratefulness that I am an American.
It puts into perspective how great and intelligent our fore fathers were and it is sad at how much we have deviated from their plan at times. If more people would visit our nation's capital and can gain an insight to how this country started and the number of lives that paid the price of freedom for us, maybe it can help us get this country back on track and focus on our country as a whole and not individual needs.
I urge everyone to visit the National Mall, it may change your outlook on life and our country.

Visited September 2013
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Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
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“Lots to see”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

We got the metro to Smithsonian and walked and walked. There is so much to see. Lovely fountains, memorials, ambiance and history. We were there when they were setting up for the Martin Luther King day. Weather was very hot and there isn't a lot of shade at times. You need a day to walk and see all the monuments and from Lincoln to the Capital diverting to the White House - but it's all free! It was such a good day

Visited August 2013
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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“Great "Park" to people watch, eat from food trucks, or walk/job around.”
Reviewed September 20, 2013

You will need at least a week to visit all of the museums and attractions at the National Mall. We visited during the end of the week, and there were plenty of people enjoying the great weather, including a few softball games taking place right on the lawns. While sitting and taking a short rest, we talked to a local mall cop (no, not the "Bart, Mall Cop" kind) who was on her break. She was very friendly and great to talk to. There were people jogging, walking, riding Segways (which can be rented, and include a tour guide), sitting under trees, etc. On Friday, there were plenty of food trucks parked on 7th and 3rd Streets to choose from. The Mall is within walking distance of Union Station, which is an architectural marvel itself! The station houses many stores and restaurants, as well as access to the Metro train.

Visited August 2013
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“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed September 18, 2013

Well worth visiting for a real feel of Washington. Great for panoramic pictures and people watching. Always full of life.

Visited May 2013
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

Spent 3 days walking the Mall from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capital. So much to see & do! Tired of walking? Take a seat on a bench & contemplate the memorials that commemorate the thousands of men & women that gave their lives so we could live as a free people. Done resting? Walk to one of the many free museums that line constitution avenue. There is something for everyone's taste. Hungry? The many food carts are way too pricy, so eat before you come or after you leave. Better yet, pack a lunch & sit on the grass picnic style.

Visited September 2013
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