National Mall

National Mall

Quick Facts

National Mall

District Of Columbia

(202) 426-6841

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Things To Do

Overview

Impressive structures border it, monuments and memorials stand on it, great museums exist near it, and grand trees help shade it, yet the harmony of these things together merely enhances the concept at its very best. The National Mall stretches west from the foot of Capitol Hill at the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial to encompass the Mall itself, the Washington Monument Grounds, the Tidal Basin area, and West Potomac Park before terminating at the Watergate Steps behind the Lincoln Memorial. It is surrounded on all sides by Smithsonian Museums. A great place to explore on a spring day, the Mall is the heart of the nation's capital and of the entire United States. Here, the nation celebrates, honors, and demonstrates its commitment to democracy.

The public may visit the National Mall 24 hours a day. However, Rangers are on duty to answer questions from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily.

Map of National Mall

Latitude, Longitude: 38.889791, -77.021464

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Activities

  • Boating

    Tidal Basin Paddle Boats offers paddle boat rentals. Paddle past the Japanese Cherry Blossoms and Jefferson Memorial for a different view of the Mall.

  • Bicycling

    Bicycles are welcome in the National Mall and Memorial Parks and bicycle parking is provided near each of the major memorials as well as along the National Mall. Please remember that riding your bicycle is not permitted within the memorials themselves. Bicycle rentals are available from Thompson Boat Center located near the intersection of Virginia Avenue, NW and Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, NW, just a short distance north of the Lincoln Memorial along the Potomac River-Rock Creek Trail.

    Join National Park Service rangers every Saturday and Sunday from 1p.m. to 4 p.m. for free guided bike tours of the Nation's Capital. The tour season begins Saturday March 27 and concludes Sunday November 28, 2010. All tours begin at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial unless otherwise noted on the park website.

  • Golfing

    East Potomac Golf Course offers a driving range and mini golf as well as classes, a short game area and a pro shop with golf fitting and repair.

  • Historic Sites

    The Mall, at the heart of Washington, D.C., has many memorials dedicated to the United States as well as tours and breathtaking sights of these memorials and monuments.

  • Picnicking

    There is plenty of green space to set up a picnic on the Mall, and benches scattered throughout the site, but there are not a lot of picnic tables.

  • Tennis

    Nearby, the East Potomac Tennis Center at Hains Point offers courts, lessons, a ball machine, various programs and leagues, as well as a shop with racquets and strings.

Seasonality/Weather

Washington has a temperate climate typical of the Mid-Atlantic U.S., with four distinct seasons. Summer tends to be very hot and humid. Spring and fall are mild. Winter can bring cold temperatures, frozen precipitation and, on occasions, major snowstorms.

Park Partners

Guest Services

Guest Services manages the retail operations located in the National Mall in Washington, D.C. This includes all the stores and kiosks located at the various monuments.

Directions

Driving

Interstate 395 provides access to the Mall from the south. Interstate 495, New York Avenue, Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, George Washington Memorial Parkway, and the Cabin John Parkway provide access from the north. Interstate 66, U.S. Routes 50 and 29 provide access from the west. U.S. Routes 50, 1, and 4 provide access from the east.

Flying

Three major airports link Washington, D.C. with the rest of the country and the world. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport all have limousine, taxi cab, or Metro services available that will connect with the National Mall.

Public Transportation

The Mall area on the east can be reached using the following Metro stations: Federal Center at 3rd and D Streets, SW; L'Enfant Plaza at Maryland Avenue and 7th Street, SW; Archives-Navy Memorial at Pennsylvania Avenue and 7th Street, NW; Smithsonian at 12th Street on the Mall, SW; and Federal Triangle along 12th Street between Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues, NW.

The west end of the National Mall can be accessed using any of the following stations: Farragut West at 17th and I or 18th and I Streets, NW; Foggy Bottom/George Washington University at 23rd and I Streets, NW; and Arlington Cemetery across Arlington Memorial Bridge over the Potomac River.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(202) 426-6841

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