National Mall

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7th Street NW and Madison Dr NW, Washington, DC, USA

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Africancrab Africanc…
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No shoes, No Dresses, No Perfumes, But an array of Architectural Wonders! Jun 27, 2012
When one hears of the National Mall, one would naturally thing; shopping!! wrong. This is not your usual mall, there are no shoes, clothes or perfumes. There is an array of such architectural wonders, museums, monuments and galleries running from the Capital building to the Lincoln Memorial. The National Mall is the area where all the important monuments and attractions of Washington are located.

Attractions within the mall include;

1. The Washington Monument

2. Renwick Gallery

3. Portrait Gallery

4. American Art Museum

5. Postal Museum

6. Site of the African American History and Culture Museum

7. American History Museum

8. Natural History Museum

9. Ripley Center and International Gallery

10. Smithsonian Castle (which is an information center)

11. Freer Gallery

12. Sackler Gallery

13. Hirshhorn Museum

14. National Gallery of Art

15. Air and Space Museum

16. Museum of the American Indian

17. African Art Museum

18. The US Capital

19. Victory Garden

20. Heirloom garden

21. Butterfly Habitat garden

22. Folger Rose Garden

23. NGA Sculpture Garden

All attractions are FREE admittance, many have food courts too. The above list is not complete, I may have leeft out a few attractions. Now, the distance between the US capital and the Washington Monument is a mere 1-2 miles, but in this July heat, it feels like 10 miles. The best thing to do if you have children and the elderly, take a tour bus. Parking is limited and you could end up paying so much money each day for use of the parking garage. Use the Metro bus or the metro rail. Carry plenty of water to keep hydrated, carry an umbrella to shed you from the glare of the sun.

PS: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
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irenem says:
Interesting and helpful review.
Posted on: Mar 05, 2017
davidx says:
Very informative - thanks.
Posted on: Jul 14, 2012
Africancrab says:
Thanks Brian, my husband was just looking at that last night.
Posted on: Jul 13, 2012
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es1418 es1418
42 reviews
A Local's Perspective on the Mall Aug 02, 2011
I've lived within seven miles of the Mall for the past four years, so I'll give you a local’s perspective. Most of the basic information about the mall can be found in the other reviews, so I won't repeat it here.

1. The Mall isn’t a landscaping marvel like Versailles; it’s just a long, grassy strip running for a mile between the Capital and the Lincoln Memorial. However, along the Mall are many incredible museums, galleries, monuments and memorials that are a wonder to behold. Best of all, most of them are absolutely free! If you want an inexpensive vacation come to Washington (locals just call it ‘DC’ and spend a week or more visiting these cultural wonders.

2. On the Mall itself you can find people playing sports and running along the gravel path surrounding the mall. Nearly every day in the summer you can find exhibitions, displays, rallies and festivals of all types happening on the Mall. Check out this link for a list of events happening at the Mall:

3. Don't even THINK of trying to drive to the Mall; it's nearly impossible to find parking near it. There are several metro (subway) stops near the Mall, and even one (the Smithsonian stop) that will drop you off right in the middle of the Mall.

4. Here's a little known secret: You can visit many of the monuments and memorials at night. Most of the crowds will be gone, and you'll get a unique perspective. If you want some truly memorable pictures, visit the statues at the Korean War Veterans Memorial at night.
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HuBison says:
Great review
Posted on: Aug 06, 2011
el_wray says:
I totally agree with you about the night visits, especially for Lincoln and Jefferson memorials as well as the Monument!
Posted on: Jul 19, 2011
montecarlostar says:
And if you find somewhere "relatively" close to park it'll be like 20 bucks a day!
Posted on: Jul 10, 2011
HuBison HuBison
417 reviews
You can't miss it, I mean it's right there! Oct 26, 2011
You can start at the Capitol building and make your way down to the Lincoln Monument and if you stop to take pictures and read plaques and do stuff, believe it or not, it could take 2-3 hours, if not more. You have to sit and rest and do all the things above and take in the sights and it could take a while-then you have to walk back!

There's the Captiol building, the Washington monument, the WWII memorial, the Vietnam war memorial, the Reflecting pool and then the Lincoln memorial. If you want to take the metro from the Lincoln memorial end, it's still quite a walk up 23rd street.

Watch for the goose poo that tends to be littered around the Reflecting pool (depending on the time of year you go)-as of October 2010, they began reconstruction of the reflecting pool so be ware of construction. Try not to wander around at night solo or in a pair. They have night walking tours and that would be fine, but as with any major metropolitan city, don't wander around in darkly lit parks at night.

The newest addition is the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial off of the tidal basin. It an open monument, not as classic as the older ones, but it is a solid monument to that man that changed US history!

The next big project will be the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture and that is slated to open in 2015 pending fund raising efforts (if you'd like donate, they are talking donations and Congress will put in the rest).
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ajhewitt13 ajhewitt…
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The National Mall - Tips for Avoiding the Crowds Mar 03, 2011
So everybody is always dying to go down to the National Mall whenever they come down to the District to visit. The problem is that sometimes the Mall can get pretty hectic and you might not be able to fully take advantage of some of the best attractions on the Mall. So here's a few tips on when to go, what to see, and I'll even let you in on a few lesser known spots on the Mall that might interest you!

First of all: April. Avoid it. Although this is the best month in D.C. (cherry blossoms, warmth, etc.) it is definitely the most crowded. You'll have trouble finding space to walk around the reflecting pool and you might not ever be able to take a pic of Abe without someone walking in front of your camera. Alternative: Go in October when the weather is arguably nicer and the trees start to change color. You'll find less crowds.

If you do decide to visit in April, try going on a night tour of the Mall instead of the heat of the Day. This is the most beautiful time to go to the monuments and I believe that it enhances the effects of memorials such as the Vietnam and WWII.

If it all possible, try to go BEYOND the Lincoln Memorial around sunset. Across the street you will find some steps looking out over the Potomac. Prepare yourself for a beautiful sunset before taking a nightly stroll over to Georgetown along the river.

Hope this review is helpful!
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camwilde camwilde
163 reviews
National Mall Dec 03, 2010
The National Mall in the area between the Lincoln Memorial on the West and the Capitol on the East. It is bounded by Constitution Park on the North and the Potomac River on the South. It contains many monuments and museums and is the lifeblood of the city.

The National Mall is often the place of demonstrations and celebrations. It makes a great walk where one can contemplate the wonders and leaders of the nation. Any American who watches the news or has seen movies has seen this Mall multiple times.
Approaching the Lincoln Memorial
Approaching the Lincoln Memorial
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View of the Washington Monument fr…
missandrea81 missandr…
147 reviews
Combining more then one sight Mar 22, 2007
The National Mall houses all the important sights in D.C. This is really the start out point to see all the monuments, museums and official building that the Nation's capitol has to offer.

If you don't like to be inside you'll walk along the mall. If you feel like getting out of the sun/rain you check out the museums along the way.

Everything is around the National Mall.

The Washington Monument is the center. To the west you'll find the Lincoln Memorial, WWII Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, etc. Just north of the Washington Monument is the White House and several other official buildings. In the east you'll see the Capitol building, Smithsonian museum, Botanical garden, etc. In South lies the Jefferson Memorial, the FDR memorial and the Tidal Basin.

If you can't find something you'll like around here then Washington is simply not for you.

The Mall has several Metro stops with the closest being the Smithsonian station.
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missandrea81 says:
Absolutely! There is no way around it! ;)
Posted on: Jun 23, 2008
jennjeff1 says:
Every DC visit requires a visit to the National Mall or you have not been to DC! ~Jeff (and Jenny)
Posted on: Jun 23, 2008

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