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The National Mall: Memorials, Monuments & American History

Stretching nearly two miles between the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial, The National Mall is a compilation of open area gardens, fountains, trees and the Nation's most renowned monuments and memorials. Nestled in the heart of the DC, the green strip boasts an area for presidential inaugurations, holiday festivals and special events. Walk the row and swing by some of the Nation's greatest treasures or sit and relax in the parkland's grass between the Washington Monument and Capitol Building, a perfect place for a summer picnic or watch to the many sporting events in action.


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  • Sightseeing
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  • Walking tours
  • Bike tours
  • Picnics

National Mall Memorial Parks & Monuments

Discover numerous monuments and memorials at and around this attraction, including the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and many more.


You’ll find the National Gallery of Art and numerous Smithsonian museums near the National Mall, including the National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of American History, National Museum of Natural History and many more.


  • Is there parking?

    Yes. It is extremely limited, but you will find paid parking garages north of the National Mall, along Ohio Drive SW and south of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Using public transit is highly advised.
  • What’s the best time to visit the National Mall?

    The least crowded time to visit the mall is on weekday mornings. The mall is two miles long, so be sure to allow yourself enough time to move around and see the sights you want to see.

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