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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  • It is a place that has seen so much history over hundreds of years. It is central to so much to see in Washington. The monuments, museums, federal buildings, and great just to relax and watch people. ...  more »
  • There is probably no other place in the United States (or anywhere else for that matter) that packs so many attractions into such a compact area. There are dozens of museums, memorials, monuments just...  more »
  • Took our kids to one of my favorite places, the National Mall. The beauty of the National Mall and all the history and architecture is something you just have to experience for yourself.  more »
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  • I have lived in the DC area for three years now and there is always something new to see or do on the mall. The turf restoration project is finally completed so there is beautiful grass for picnics and hanging out. Various festivals are constantly being held which are always fun. Lots of cultural activities to expand your knowledge and enrich your weekends. There are lots of different walking paths and benches to sit. Great food trucks. Plenty of free museums and art installations. And let's not forget about the monuments. Parking isn't awesome but you can almost always find a reasonably priced spot near where you want to go. The metros are in great locations. The mall can get really busy when all the school trips come up and buses will be everywhere. The mall is pretty great.
  • Awesome experience to walk around and soak it all it. Need to stay somewhere nearby so you could just walk around here and enjoy all the free museums and government buildings for several days. So much to see it could take weeks. Love my quick visits to DC but I would like to stay for a longer time and do all the Smithsonian. It is hard to find street parking so staying nearby or taking a taxi to the Mall is best.
  • The mall itself is very well-kept and pristine. Prepare to walk and be ready for the elements. We went on an extremely hot day, which may not have been the easiest. In the future I might have brought an umbrella to shield from Sun. Of course the overall experience is amazing. Pack a lunch if you don't want to spend $10 on a very small piece of chicken and $3 on a bottle of water.
  • Beautiful stretch of memorials. Great for a day of history or sight seeing with kids or dogs. Our puppy loves it. My daughter loves seeing the Lincoln memorial in particular. Overall- very well kept, clean and peaceful. Can get a little overwhelming during peak seasons with tourists. Hard to find parking and very very busy. During off seasons- or later in the day during peak- is the easiest and best time to visit. You would need a few days to see all of these memorials and musuems- and it would be well worth it.
  • There is plenty to see and do here. The National Museum of Natural History was awesome. However, the dinosaur exhibit was being remodeled at the time of my visit. They still had some of the larger exhibits on display, but most of the other exhibits were taken down. Regardless, there are plenty of other exhibits to see. Make sure you take some water, especially if you visit during the summer months.

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