National Mall
National Mall
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Open area of gardens, fountains, trees and monuments stretching nearly two miles between the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighborhood: Upper Northwest
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  • L'Enfant Plaza • 5 min walk
  • Archives • 7 min walk
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  • Tammy W
    Kerrville, Texas157 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing to see in person
    These sights were amazing to see in person. We had a flight delay and had limited time in the area but managed to see a lot. We did walk the entire time and would highly recommend a hop on/off tour to get you from place to place as the area is widely spread.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 22, 2023
  • AZCatFan1998
    Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania271 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic
    One of the most iconic places in the country looking from one end and the capitol to the other and the Lincoln Memorial always amazes me. There is a ton of construction right now and parking is always difficult. If you find a spot it is only good for 3 hours.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 7, 2023
  • David H
    Bury, United Kingdom1,634 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The hub of everything
    During my three days in DC I spent at least part of every day on some part of the Mall, which is at the centre of all the major attractions, from monuments to Capitol Hill, museums to the White House. What surprised me most were the distances. From the Capitol Building to Lincoln Memorial takes the best part of an hour to walk, so allow plenty of time if you have timed admission anywhere. There is a shuttle bus, but to be honest the traffic was so bad that walking was faster!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 17, 2023
  • James c
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma381 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    All Americans must see
    I spent 4 full days in DC. I saw all the monuments along the mall. In regards to Washington monument , dont try to book online , just show up at 8 , I believe and they will pass out tickets there. I was thrilled to get the tickets, also if capitol tours are fully booked, you can show up and there are extra tickets that they give out . A tourist told me this. I got tickets. The Lincoln and Jefferson memorials I saw at day/night, majestic sights. I saw both facade and back of white house, went to georgetown for good clothes shopping. I visited American and natural history smithsonian, these are a must see. I, myself visiting this city made me more proud to be an American. I love DC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 31, 2023
  • Adventure Diva
    Manchester, Connecticut2,621 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Graced with world-class museums
    This public park is a two-mile area graced with museums, monuments, and green spaces made for strolling and picnicking. Do your feet a favor by buying a ticket for a hop-on, hop-off bus. This allows you to get on and off at the more popular stops.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 5, 2023
  • MrMrsHappyR
    Liverpool, United Kingdom1,441 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible area
    Truly spectacular and iconic area spanning a couple of miles of amazing memorials and museums and structures. If you've got the time split the walking into a few days and do various chunks on each day. Lots and lots of walking involved so bring good shoes
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
  • dianehG5851AG
    Clay, New York1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Self-guided walking tour
    We did a self-guided walking tour of the monuments and a view of the Whi te House. Saved money by not taking a paid tour and were able to fit the experience into our own time frame. We learned a lot from these impressive monuments and the history behind them.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 1, 2023
  • Tiffanyjim
    Marion, Iowa1,643 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit when in DC
    Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Wall and Washington Monument all in this area. When we visited last week it was busier than our previous visit. A lot of people peddling souvenirs etc. no issue parking and area is walkable. We came so our nieces could see these iconic sites in DC.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 17, 2023
  • LisaMNUSA
    Saint Paul, Minnesota1,037 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see
    I think this area is a must see if you are in D.C. We walked from Washington monument to Lincoln Memorial along the reflection pool in the late afternoon. We then visited Vietnam war memorial and Korean War memorial. We wanted to stay there until the light is on, but we were too tired after all the walking, and it was cold, so we didn't get to see it in the dark.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 27, 2023
  • Conny Wylie
    Ottawa, Canada967 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Place Of Solemnity And Feelings.
    Like a human magnet, the National Mall, which is bookended at one extremity by the US Capital Building and at the other end by the Lincoln Memorial, attracts people in volumes, yearly. It's an awe inspiring atmosphere of Monuments and Memorials. I was quite humbled by the solemnity of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and inspired by the kinetics of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Many Memorials and Monuments dot the grassy expanse of the National Mall.........each one I visited evoked a unique emotion in me..............a place of solemnity and feelings.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 11, 2023
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Anthony C
Guisborough, UK77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We walked from the Lincoln memorial to Capitol Hill a distance of 2.5 miles. From the Washington Memorial to Capitol Hill the Mall is lined on both sides by museums and buildings of interest, the museums and buildings we visited were free but you have a security check to go through which had different times depending on the amount in the queues.There is bound to be a meuseum or building that will take your fancy
Written March 17, 2020
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ccarlson2022
Niles, MI194 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Very nice outdoor space to relax, exercise, and view the architecture of DC. I visited with my 10 year old daughter and although the space is very large she was able to handle the walk in a single day without a problem.

Museums and monuments line the Mall area and all are free to enter. The Washington Monument does charge a fee to go to the top and tickets are normally sold out for the day of so buy them online before you go.

The most important item for families is that I have never felt unsafe here with my kids. I don't stay much past dark but I imagine that doesn;t change at all or until very late in the night.
Written October 20, 2022
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Tor Elias T
9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This place is a must when in Washington.

The Smithsonian museums, government buildings, white house, culture, arts, great food and great communication with Metro and busses both inside and around.

We visited museums and watched a march going on. Lengthy walk, so use bus or Uber if needed between thing’s.

With a Metro card you can use both Circulator buses, Metro bus and Metro rail.
Written January 30, 2020
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Gautam R
Laurel, MD234 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Despite living in Maryland, it has been a few years since we had visited the Mall. It was a cool, sunny, 60 degree day, and the Cherry Blossoms had not yet bloomed. Despite all the Smithsonian museums being closed, we thought this would be a fun outing, and we were not disappointed.

We arrived at the Lincoln Memorial around 10:30, and parked on 17th street. We had 2 hours of parking. We walked to the Lincoln Memorial, and then walked down to the Korean memorial, Martin Luther King, and then FDR. Each one is peaceful, beautiful, and powerful in its own way. We then walked around the tidal basin to the Jefferson Memorial, which was under construction. Bathrooms were open at MLK and Jefferson. We walked quickly back and retraced our steps before our parking expired.

We then drove to 21st street (around F street) and parked again. We had lunch at one of the food trucks across from the Washington Monument. We walked to the Washington Monument, then WWII, and then walked back to our car (2:45). The total distance walked was around 6.5 miles, and it was a wonderful visit of almost all the monuments (we missed Vietnam).

Our children (11&13) were old enough to appreciate the powerful history of these monuments, and had the energy for the walking.

A great way to spend a day outside.
Written March 20, 2021
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itaAlbania
Tirana, Albania50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Well, prepare to walk a lot, but you will enjoy the panorama and the attractions. I didn't have time for the museums, but if you have, you have a lot of choices. I walked from Capitol Hill to the Lincoln Memorial. I also will recommend the Moonlight Monuments tour and if you can have a guide with you, you will learn a lot and enjoy it very much. Even at night, this place was crowded especially the Lincoln Memorial.
Written April 15, 2020
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erbyjones
Northern Virginia, VA20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
If you are going in the spring I recommend you wear warm clothing because the usual windy area makes the temps feel colder. Also a hat. I always the design and layout that include multiple memorials. The view from the Lincoln Memorial is amazing. Great place to walk and jog.
Written March 9, 2020
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RVSVD
Spring Branch, TX283 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Be sure to take sunscreen and an umbrella and plenty of water. The city is currently installing some new water refilling stations, but there are only a few around that work. Very expensive, so plan on spending a lot of money unless you take snacks and drinks in a backpack with you.
Written June 13, 2022
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Solo traveler
Seattle, WA24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
On a beautiful, clear, cold days in DC, I had this place almost to myself. Apparently late February is a good time to visit. Just walking around the memorials and monuments was a moving experience, and visiting the museums that ring the mall was both interesting and awe-inspiring.
Written February 28, 2020
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April
55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
We visited the area to see the monuments and peak season of the Cherry Blossoms. It was beautiful! Parking can be hectic but there is a red shuttle bus that you can take for $1 per ride between monuments and major areas. Area was very safe and clean. This was definitely the highlight of our trip and we also visited NYC and Philadelphia during the same time. I definitely recommend using public transit and staying a little outside the downtown area.
Written March 30, 2023
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George Matthews
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Friends
I’ve been going to the National Mall for years and I love it! I’m always so impressed with the beauty and impressiveness of the museums and monuments, and how easy it is to get lost and spend a whole afternoon there.

I listened to a great episode of a podcast when I went this time, which detailed the entire history of the Mall and many of the monuments there. There was apparently so much I didn’t know! It was called The Educator Podcast: Walking History, for anyone who might be interested.

Hope you enjoy your time there like I did!
Written April 26, 2021
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