National Mall, Washington DC

Visit National Mall, the historical national park where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech. The park contains the Washington Monument and spans the region between the Lincoln Memorial and the United States Capitol. This park hosts numerous recreational activities, festivals, and concerts, but is most appreciated as a site for historic political rallies and gatherings, such as the Vietnam War Moratorium Rally in 1969. Millions of people visit the park annually to stand in the place where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous speech, and every four years Americans flood the park to watch the Presidential Inauguration. Put National Mall into our Washington DC vacation planning tool and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • ... for wonderful, panoramic views of the major monuments and buildings, a stroll up and down the mall from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol building can't be beat.  more »
  • Any time you go to DC the mall is the place to start. Most national museums are within walking distance and it has the Smithsonian Castle's welcome center. If you go during summer, stroll through or p...  more »
  • America‚Äôs front yard and everyone should visit once. Special place to take in and know it belongs to all the people who call America home.  more »
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  • What a great place to go and see history. The National Mall is a great destination for families, school groups and history buffs. I recommend going in the spring when the cherry blossoms are blooming! So much to do within walking distance or take a guided tour! Pack a lunch or find a great little cafe and make a day of it. Make sure you take time for the numerous museums and gardens!
  • The memorials are stunning and so clean the population of tourists is honestly not that bad. Everyone should go once in their to experience the history of this place. So many historical events have gone down their so do your best to soak in every minute. If you're lucky you can see the president's helicopter fly by or even if you're really lucky see the Japanese cherry blossoms in full bloom.
  • A place of both high activity and solitude. Few places in the world offer the dichotomy of the National Mall. From the daily activity of commuters and tourists, to the crowds watching the fireworks on July 4, to the solitude of a morning jog or nighttime stroll along the broad gravel paths on each side of the expanse of lawn that provides the axis from the Capitol to the Washington Monument, mid terminus of the WWII Memorial to the reflecting pool and Lincoln Memorial. The Mall is in the best condition it has ever been, with a massive turf restoration and irrigation project directed under the Obama Administration. I visit the Mall often and would do so nearly every day if I could. It is my personal Disney World. A playground for the cultured. Along the Mall are some of the great museums of the world, all of them free. Hard to believe. If you've traveled to Europe, you realize how lucky we are to have free access to these museums placed along the East portion of the Mall to the Capitol, most of which are part of the Smithsonian Institution, an educational institution founded by a man who surprisingly never set foot in America. Contrast these museums with Europe (or New York City), where you have to wait in long lines and pay hefty admission fees. It's slightly ambitious to walk the length of it given how often you want to stop along the way, but runners will greatly enjoy the routes the Mall has to offer. I've said a lot, but I could never say enough about the greatest place in one of the great cities of the world.
  • Beautiful place. Wonderful sights. Avoid the holidays to beat the rush. Early mornings and late evenings are the best times. Start with the Lincoln memorial in the morning and move towards the Capitol to have the sun on your side for the best photos. Be prepared for a lot of walking. The part of the mall between Washington monument and the Capitol is not paved.
  • This was my second visit to the National Mall, I came to Washington to run the Army and Navy half marathon in 2017. Always an interesting cultural experience - I found myself between pro-Trump and anti-Trump rallies that were each coalescing at either end of The Mall. Very interesting, to say the least. I've also had the pleasure of visiting the mall during a quieter time in 2012, and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Washington is a gorgeous city, and I highly recommend to all that they see it at least once.

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