Washington D.C.’s National Mall

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The most powerful political symbols of the United States, the Capitol Building and the White House, share this vast parkland with some of the world’s greatest museums.

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Washington D.C. National Mall Guided Sightseeing Tour

The National Mall in Washington, D.C., a vast expanse of parkland lined with monuments and imposing buildings, adorns the center of the American capital and lies at the very heart of the nation. The most powerful political symbols of the United States, the U.S. Capitol Building and the White House, share this land with some of the world’s greatest museums. Monuments and memorials, honoring the achievements of the United States’ greatest citizens, offer visitors ample opportunities to get better acquainted with the country’s history.

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  • Introduction
  • East End – Capitol Hill
  • North Side – Government & History
  • West End – Potomac’s Embrace
  • South Side – Smithsonian
Transportation By Foot – Easy walking
Specialty Historical/Heritage, Historical/Heritage
Tour Type Guided Tour – play before & while you tour
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  • All attractions and museums on the National Mall are free of charge. However, tickets for the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol are limited and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis every morning at 8:30 am. Be sure to arrive early since the lines can be long.
  • Security continues to be a concern on the National Mall. Be prepared to have your bags and personal effects searched, and to go through a metal detector as you enter national museums and other attractions. Also, especially around the U.S. Capitol Building and the White House, avoid trouble by staying within the publicly accessible areas.
  • There are no restaurants on the National Mall, but cafes and cafeterias are located in most museums. Street vendors along Constitution and Independence Avenues sell drinks and fast-food snacks. Also feel free to bring your own lunch since there are many pleasant areas on the Mall for a picnic. Restrooms and water fountains are found near every major attraction.
  • Since the National Mall is located in the center of Washington, D.C., parking is at a premium and restricted to two hours on the street. It is highly recommended that you use the city's efficient metro (subway) transport system to get to the Mall. A number of metro stations are located in the area between the Smithsonian and the U.S. Capitol Building.
  • During summer vacations and holiday weekends the number of visitors on the Mall can be overwhelming. For a more enjoyable visit, try to go on a weekday outside the regular high-peak tourist periods, when access to museums and memorials is easier and much more comfortable. You will not miss anything; interesting events and special activities are planned all year.

Gaston Lacombe

Gaston Lacombe is a freelance journalist and photographer based in Washington, D.C. He is the North American correspondent for a European travel magazine and has spent time in more than 40 countries in the last 20 years. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in History from the University of Ottawa and studied at the Ph.D. level at the University of Toronto.


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