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Reviewed January 18, 2020

In the midst of winter on a lovely sunny day in December we walked the National Mall. Quite a distance to cover, but well worth it. We started at Capital Hill walked down and saw the WW2 memorial, reflection pool right down to the Lincoln Memorial. All these buildings were oddly familiar due to TV show coverage and it felt like I had been there before.

Date of experience: December 2019
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Reviewed January 18, 2020 via mobile

The mall is a fantastic landmark that represents the USA and is recognised world wide from TV. There are excellent views up and down it of the monuments at either end. Lovely walk way along the sides and open grassy spaces.

Date of experience: January 2020
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Reviewed January 17, 2020

but despite the weather it was still really cool to walk the mall and to see the washington memorial and the lincoln memorial and walk along the reflection pool. I would really like to see it in nicer weather, but I an thankful for the day that I was able to spend in DC and see what I was able to see. Really learned some things to do so that when I go back it makes things run a little better, and make better use of my time and see what I want to see.

Date of experience: December 2019
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Reviewed January 16, 2020

So cool to see in person! you see it on TV all the time, but to see it in person just wow, very cool.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed January 15, 2020

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.

Date of experience: October 2019
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