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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Neighbourhood: Upper Northwest
How to get there
  • L'Enfant Plaza • 5 min walk
  • Archives • 7 min walk
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  • AdventureMN95
    Minneapolis, Minnesota127 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hot walk but convenient
    It’s a very nice and busy walking area, starting and Lincoln Memorial and going though a lot of the Smithsonian’s and museums and ending right before Capital hill. Great way to knock out a bunch of sights all at once. But also know that it’s very hot unless under the tress.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written May 23, 2023
  • 907blaked
    Tampa, Florida1,449 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views and lovely place to spend time in the heart of DC
    Beautiful! A national treasure, for sure. We enjoyed our time walking up and down the Mall during our stay in DC, and the views are stunning from every direction. What a lovely public space right in the middle of the city. Only negative are the food trucks, which are necessary, I suppose, since there aren't any good food options nearby. But the trucks are ridiculously expensive for the generally lousy food they serve.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 4, 2023
  • MidMichFam
    34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    National Mall should be the first place to visit.
    When visiting Washington D.C. a walk around the National Mall should be planned. We walked most of the loop and visited all of the sculptors and memorials. We looped all the way back to the Capitol for a Capitol Hill Tour. The walk was a little over 10 miles. However, it was worth it and we took our time.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 30, 2023
  • Eyekaytoo
    Leverkusen, Germany3,051 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive open space stretching from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial
    We came down from the other side of the White House to join the National Mall more or less at the junction of 15th St NW and Constitution Avenue. This is close to the Washington Monument. We then walked from there up to the Lincoln Memorial. The whole of the National Mall covers a good two miles between the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial. There is a lot of open, airy space devoted to gardens, fountains, trees and monuments. We were there on a week day in early June when it was relatively quiet. We just had to ensure that we avoided those people on bikes, electric scooters and Segways who came by with disregard to those of us on foot.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Tammy W
    Kerrville, Texas109 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, Pennsylvania291 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 Kingdom1,651 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
    Travelled solo
    Written August 17, 2023
  • James c
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma197 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
    Travelled with friends
    Written August 31, 2023
  • Adventure Diva
    Manchester, Connecticut2,169 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
    Travelled solo
    Written September 5, 2023
  • MrMrsHappyR
    Liverpool, United Kingdom1,224 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
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andyh67186334
Coalville, UK6,854 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
The National Mall seems to go on forever, but there are so many interesting things to see and visit along the way whatever the weather.
Early morning is a good time to visit when it is tourist free.
Written April 14, 2024
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Jason H
North Bergen, NJ4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I'm just going to say one thing. Washington DC must regulate those generic, ubiquitous food and ice cream trucks lining the mall end to end. We had learned some difficult news earlier in the week and were vulnerable, so we got easily snared in their trap paying nearly $30 for a frozen non-alcoholic drink and a soft serve ice cream cone. Criminals! And we saw young kids with little money trying to haggle with these crooks. No prices to be found anywhere so they probably just make 'em up as they go along. Please go to the museums or the official concession stands for your official snacks: your paychecks will go a little further.
Written April 11, 2024
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Surfergirl2020
Boston, MA150 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This is a beautiful historic area with so much history to see. Unfortunately, there are so many scammers trying to hand you flyers and “free” bracelets, flowers, etc.” and then demand money. Just say a firm no or ignore them. I had to yell at one of the fake monks who kept trying to give our child a bracelet before they backed off. Why can’t the NPS regulate these scammers on National Park Land? The presence of these scammers really tarnishes the beauty of the National Mall.
Written April 3, 2024
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Ashley D
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
A stunning showcase of American history and culture. With iconic monuments and vast green spaces, it's a must-visit for anyone exploring the nation's capital. Be prepared for long walks and crowds, but the experience is definitely worth it.
Written March 19, 2024
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Jaclyn H
Raleigh, NC43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
This was my first time visiting DC. I was visiting my son who was recovering from an injury during deployment. We took advantage of this opportunity and explored DC. National Mall was nothing like you see on TV and in movies. What an experience to see it up close. Stunning. The reflecting pools are stunning, everything was well-maintained. Expect it to be busy, but everyone was super courteous even all the kids on a field trip. This is a must.
Written March 17, 2024
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montanapescado
Albuquerque, NM1,323 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
This is the ultimate launching point.. There's just so much packed around this very walkable rectangle! This is where every first time DC visit should begin. Start here on day one and expand out from there.
Written February 29, 2024
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Boyd J
Maleny, Australia1,697 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The feature that ties together the impressive buildings, memorials and monuments at the center of Washington DC. Best seen by strolling along it from one end to the other, and taking in and visiting the memorials along the way. In late fall it had a stark beauty and feeling that changed depending upon the time of day and amount of light.
Written February 18, 2024
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BF826
Birmingham, UK89 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Fantastic National Mall, we really enjoyed our walk round, very easy route passing through all of the monuments and memorials.
In the winter they are doing a lot of maintenance work so don’t be put off if you see scaffolding, you can still explore.
Written January 8, 2024
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Jason Reilly
Robesonia, PA100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
A very easy walkable route along the monuments and memorials from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument. I found the World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam Memorials to be especially interesting.
Written December 16, 2023
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stayc1714
High Springs, FL203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Packed full of all sorts of history even if you're not a fan. Reflecting waters make it even more magical, even if it's only 6 inches deep. You can see numerous monuments no matter which direction you turn!
Written December 11, 2023
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