National Mall

900 Ohio Drive Southwest
Washington, DC - 20024

Type: Parks
(202) 426-6841
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The National Mall is not just a park; it's the beating heart of the nation's capital, Washington, D.C. Stretching over two miles from the United States Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial, and flanked by iconic museums and monuments, the National Mall is a symbol of American democracy and a focal point for gatherings, celebrations, and protests.

Originally envisioned by Pierre Charles L'Enfant in his 1791 plan for the federal city, the National Mall has evolved over the centuries into the iconic space we know today. It serves as a stage for historic events, including presidential inaugurations, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963, and countless Fourth of July celebrations. The Mall's open spaces and grand vistas make it an ideal setting for strolls, picnics, and recreational activities for locals and tourists alike.

The Mall is home to many of the nation's most cherished monuments and memorials, including the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the World War II Memorial, among others. The Smithsonian Institution's museums, such as the National Museum of American History, the National Air and Space Museum, and the National Gallery of Art, line the Mall's edges, offering visitors an unparalleled opportunity to explore American history, culture, and art.

While the National Mall is open year-round and accessible to the public, its popularity can result in large crowds, especially during peak tourist seasons and major events. Visitors are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, bring plenty of water and sunscreen, and take advantage of the free Smithsonian museums along the Mall's perimeter. Whether you're marveling at the monuments, enjoying a stroll, or participating in a historic demonstration, the National Mall invites visitors to connect with the essence of America's past, present, and future.

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