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  • Address: 17th Street NW, between Constitution Avenue NW and Independence Avenue SW
  • Hours: Open daily
  • Admission: Free

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National Mall (The Mall)

Stretching from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial, the National Mall is a wide, tree-lined expanse of open space between the Constitution and Independence avenues. The Mall is the center of D.C. tourist attractions, fringed by the Smithsonian museums and dotted with monuments.

For here is the iconic Lincoln Memorial, fronted by its long Reflecting Pool; nearby is the Washington Monument, the top of which offers some of best panoramic views of the city. Pause to reflect on the fallen soldiers at the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, or marvel at the 56 granite pillars at the National WWII Memorial. If you come in late March or early April, the cherry trees at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial will be blazing pink.

You could spend days and days studying the treasures at the Smithsonian museums on the Mall. From the massive collections in the National Gallery of Art and the National Museum of Natural History to the space-age interactive exhibits in the National Air & Space Museum and the rare Silk Road artifacts at the National Museum of Asian Art. For a little respite, stroll through the fragrant National Sculpture Garden or wander through the shady surrounds in the Constitution Gardens.

Practical Info

The National Mall fronts the Potomac River in downtown Washington D.C. As a popular tourist attraction, the Mall is easily accessible by public transportation. Most hotels and restaurants are located beyond the Mall to the north, with a few located south of the Mall, across Independence Avenue. However, you’ll find many food vendors along the Mall.

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Viator VIP: Best of DC Including US Capitol and National Archives Reserved Access, the White House and Lincoln Memorial

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Experience Washington DC’s most sought-after attractions like a true VIP insider. Beat the long lines and enjoy reserved entry to the US Capitol Building for a ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $124.99

Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 186 Reviews

See the very best of Washington DC in one day! Aboard a state-of-the-art, luxury 30-passenger coach for a narrated 6-hour tour, see the White House, the ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.00

Big Bus Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 431 Reviews

Explore Washington DC at your own pace on an extensive Big Bus hop-on hop-off itinerary through the heart of the nation's capital. The buses are open top ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: Varies

From USD $48.99

Washington DC Sites at Night Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 59 Reviews

See the famous sights of Washington by night including the Vietnam War Memorial, Jefferson, Lincoln and WWII memorials. There is no better way to spend an ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $44.99

Washington DC Capital Sites Bike Tour

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The Washington DC Capital Sites Bike Tour is a safe and enjoyable cycling trip of the most popular sights of Washington. Sites you will see include the ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $39.99

The White House and National Mall Guided Tour in Washington DC

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See the most important monuments and memorials in Washington DC on a 6-hour tour with a professional guide. Traveling by deluxe coach, stop at landmarks ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $73.14

Hop-On Hop-Off Washington DC Bus Tour

A hop-on hop-off bus tour is an ideal way to see Washington DC’s landmarks, memorials and monuments. This double-decker bus loop offers prime views of top ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: Valid for 24 hours from time of redemption

From USD $35.00

Washington DC National Mall and Museums Pedicab Tour

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Hop in a pedicab and let your informative guide do the work as you explore Washington DC's must-see sights. At the National Mall, see the Washington Monument, ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 40 minutes (approx.)

From USD $97.99

Small-Group National Mall Walking Tour in Washington DC

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Immerse yourself in America’s rich history on this small-group guided tour of the country’s ‘front yard’ – the Washington DC National Mall! Visit dozens of ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00

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