Washington DC Attractions

The Washington Mall
The Washington Mall © Jorge Gobbi

National Mall

Extending for more than two miles (3km), from the US Capitol to the Potomac River, the tree-lined grassy strip known as the National Mall is the central hub for tourists in Washington DC. It's home to the tapering Washington Monument; the Lincoln, Roosevelt and Jefferson Memorials; the Capitol Building; the White House; the museums of the Smithsonian Institution; and the National Gallery of Art. The Mall is at the heart of the city's social life, it being a site for many celebrations and festivals, as well as joggers, picnickers, food vendors and strollers. The Tidal Basin, a beautiful lake famous for the blossoming Japanese cherry trees in spring, lies to the south.

Website: www.nps.gov/nama; Telephone: (202) 426 6841; Transport: Smithsonian metro station; Opening time: The park is open 24 hours daily.; Admission: Free.


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