Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site

Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site

Quick Facts

Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site

District Of Columbia

(719) 589-4975

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Pennsylvania Avenue is among the world's truly famous streets. It is known the world over as the heart of the Nation's Capital. America's history has marched, paraded, promenaded, and protested its way along the Avenue. It is no wonder that Pennsylvania Avenue is called "America's Main Street." The Avenue is more than just another city street; it is, rather, America's Ceremonial Way.

Map of Pennsylvania Avenue

Latitude, Longitude: 38.894807, -77.027850



  • Historic Sites

    Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site is part of National Mall and Memorial Parks. The avenue is among the world's more famous streets and is known the world over as the heart of the Nation's Capital, extending through the corridors of Federal power and influence. America's "Main Street" visually connects, yet separates, the White House from the U.S. Capitol and the U.S. Supreme Court buildings.

    This unique site preserves sites related to the creation of the Federal City, Presidential Inaugurations and historically significant events.

    The park consists of the walkways along either side of Pennsylvania Avenue. Look for the special brown pavers on the sidewalks to determine whether you are in this national park site. The United States Navy Memorial, Freedom Plaza, The Old Post Office Tower, the American Expeditionary Forces Memorial and Pershing Park are all part of this national park.


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

Trust for the National Mall

The Trust for the National Mall is the Official Non-Profit Partner of the National Mall charged with raising funds to restore and preserve the National Mall and to enhance visitors' experience through engaging educational programs and events.

(202) 407-9408



Interstate 395 provides access to the Mall and Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site 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.

Numerous public parking garages can be found along streets adjacent to Pennsylvania Avenue NHS and at Union Station, north of the avenue. General visitor parking is available nearby along the Mall on Madison and Jefferson Drives and on the National Mall along Ohio Drive, SW between the Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson Memorials. Consult signage regarding hourly parking limitations. Parking Lots A, B & C along Ohio Drive, SW offer free, all day parking.


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 and Pennsylvania Avenue NHS.

Public Transportation

Several Metro stations provide convenient access to Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site: Metro Center at 12th and F Streets, NW; Federal Triangle along 12th Street, between Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues, NW; and Archives/Navy Memorial at 7th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.

Phone Numbers


(719) 589-4975