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National Mall

Perhaps the greatest outdoor space in the country, this spectacular two-mile stretch of DC features numerous war memorials and museums. Located between the U.S. Capitol Building, the Lincoln Memorial and the White House, the National Mall is the site of presidential inaugurations, holiday celebrations, tours and special events throughout the year. It's located within walking distance to our West End hotel, and is also well connected via public transportation.

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Free

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Ranger talks, walking tours, bike tours, festivals

Activities

  • See America's greatest monuments and memorials
  • Visit the National Mall museums
  • Tour the National Archives
  • Enjoy the active outdoor scene

History

The idea for the National Mall was created in 1791 in order to give the city an outdoor space for gardens and trees, set around the Washington Monument. This “grand avenue” grew and grew, finally earning a spot on the National Registrar of Historic Places in 1966.

Transportation

This top tourist destination is well connected via public transportation and features subway and bus stops in numerous locations. The Mall is longer than you might think - two miles from end to end - so take advantage of public transportation and save your feet!

FAQs

  • What landmarks, museums and attractions are at the National Mall?

    This massive outdoor destination is home to numerous war memorials and national buildings, from the U.S. Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial. You’ll also find the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Smithsonian Museums, gardens and more.
  • Which annual events take place there?

    All year long, the National Mall hosts guided Ranger Talks, walking tours and bike tours. You’ll also find special holiday celebrations, festivals, music performances and hundreds more events throughout the year.

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