National Mall

Plaza, National Park
Constitution & Independence Ave (btwn 1st & 17th St)
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 426-6841

Tips

  • 4th of July , The Independent Day of #USA @ The National Mall.
  • The Mall is the site of nearly 3,000 public events annually: marches and rallies, protests and parades, Americas collective comment box to which hundreds of thousands of citizens trek each year.
  • A 1.5-mile stroll spans 200 years of human rights struggles, starting with Thomas Jefferson and ending with King's 'I Have a Dream' speech at the Lincoln Memorial" on Aug. 28, 1963.
  • Walk to all the museums via the Mall or just stroll from the Capitol to Lincoln Memorial - its the quintessential walk in DC (WH,Cap,Smithsonian,Wash Mem,Lincoln Mem,WW2 Mem,Vietnam Mem,Korea Mem,etc)
  • Along the National Mall youll find iconic monuments and memorials including the Jefferson Memorial, World War II Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
  • The U.S. Capitol is open to the public- guided tours only. Get your free tickets on the day of your visit, first-come, first-served. At the Capitol Guide Service Kiosk. -- Green Guide Editor
  • Go directly to 4th St NW for your best chance to find on-the-Mall parking.
  • During the summer, the National Mall serves as the backdrop to some classic films. Usually on Mondays, Screen on the Green shows movies beginning at dusk (around 8.30-9pm). -- Green Guide Editor
  • Visiting all those museums, memorials and historic sights can get exhausting. Why not take a break at the US Botanic Garden? A plant conservatory across from the Capitol? Sure! -- Green Guide Editor
  • Kickball on the mall!
  • Theres no Gap here, or even a Cinnabon, WTF. There IS a gift shop inside this big old building that had a lot of old people waiting in line out front, but not for me. Lame.
  • Park on the street and go for one of the best strolls in the country. Don't leave your car on the street too late though, or you'll end up gettin' towed!
  • The site of many inaugurations and public rallys, this landmark area is worth visiting. "FORREST!" "JENNY!"
  • Walk around during lunch and watch the hobos sell free maps lol
  • Planned from 1791 to 1901. It is a major element of the L'Enfant Plan and it includes approximately 10 buildings.
  • We dare you to take the Tidal Basin paddle boats during Cherry Blossom season and try to catch as many cherry blossom petals as you can. After that take the kids to become junior rangers!
  • Stop by the Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Art.
  • Museums are close by and its great because there free of course. When there are events it's somewhat crowded but well worth going. I can't wait to go back
  • Stroll around the National Mall, eat a hot dog, and enjoy all the things the nation's capital has to offer this Fourth of July. Check out this photo of DC's annual fireworks display from 2005!
  • No DC trip is complete without a stop at the National Mall. Its perfect for a mellow picnic, and you never know what events might be going on there, too!

Nearby places

2 15th St NW (btwn Constitution Ave NW & Independence Ave SW)
655 Jefferson Drive SW