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Washington, D.C. Tour: The National Mall

Museum- and monument-hopping is effortless along the National Mall, a grassy “boulevard” heavily salted with some of the
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 5 miles
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Overview :  The National Mall packs more culture and history into a two-mile strip than most cities do in their entire urban sprawls. If you... more »

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Points of Interest

The National Museum of the American Indian’s Mitsitam Native Foods Café—translated as “Let’s Eat” in the language of the Delaware and Piscataway tribes—prepares traditional dishes from five Native American regions. Dine on snapping turtle soup with cherry compote at the Northern Woodlands station, buffalo chili on fry bread from the Great... More

The world's most-visited museum is heavenly for adults and a must for kids. A seemingly endless assemblage of artifacts from the history of flight—from the Wright brothers 1903 flyer to the Apollo 11 space module—are exhibited here; interactive experiences run the gamut from climbing in rockets and touching moon rocks to IMAX films and... More

3. Bartholdi Park

Established in 1932, the two-acre park is named after French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, whose classical fountain (which predates his iconic Statue of Liberty) rises among the mini-landscapes of flowers, plants and secluded benches. Among the theme gardens: therapeutic, romantic, palette, rock and heritage.

Address:
Independence Ave. and... More

The museum takes the art outside, creating a fanciful playground of oversize sculptures including an XXL spider by Louise Bourgeois and a cartoonishly large typewriter eraser by Claus Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. On Fridays in the summer, the garden hosts free jazz concerts; in the winter, skaters take to the ice rink.

Address:
Seventh St.... More

5. National Mall Ranger Events

Follow the ranger on a National Park tour that goes beyond the surface of the monuments and memorials. The free walking and biking excursions cover unexpected and unusual topics, such as the Jet Age in Korea, held at the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the manmade and natural disasters that have roiled the city.

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Various locations on... More

To take a guided tour of the most iconic political building in the Western world, you’ll need to make arrangements well in advance—by submitting a written request to your senator or state representative at least a month before your visit. The VIP tickets you’ll receive, though, allow you to wander through some of the grandest parts of the 132-room... More

This opened-in-1816 hotel remains steeped in Washington history, even though the rooms where Lincoln lived, Coolidge governed, and Martin Luther King Jr. wrote have long since been renovated away. Today's Willard, a bit like the political world it esteems, is grand in public, bland in private: its majestic lobby dazzles with soaring Corinthian... More

The historic golf course, part of the National Park system, comprises three courses: red (nine holes), white (nine) and blue (18). Or play a round on the oldest continually operating mini-golf course in the country, built in 1930. Greens fees start at a reasonable $10 for 9 holes.

Address:
972 Ohio Dr. SW
Washington, D.C., 20024
United States

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