The National Mall - Living History In Washington, DC
Welcoming people from around the world for more than 200 years, the National Mall and Memorial Parks is one of the most exciting destinations in our nation's capital. Situated in the heart of downtown Washington, DC and overlooking the majestic Potomac River, the National Mall and Memorial Parks is home to America's most important landmarks. The Mall stretches for more than two miles, from the U.S. Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial, offering expansive lawns and scenic parks where visitors can relax and appreciate the monuments. Many of the city's most famous destinations are situated along the Mall, including the Jefferson Memorial, Smithsonian Institution museums, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Washington Monument.
Entry to the National Mall and Memorial Parks is free.
The National Mall and Memorial Parks are open 24 hours per day, except Christmas Day.
Independence Day Fireworks
Cherry Blossom Festival
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Parks and Gardens
Where can I learn about events at the National Mall?
The National Mall and Memorial Parks offer a full calendar of interesting cultural events, ranger talks, guided walking tours, family activities, and celebrations in downtown Washington, DC. Visit their online Events Calendar for a complete listing and detailed descriptions of upcoming events, activities and other happenings.
What attractions are located at the National Mall?
Most of the city's museums, monuments and landmarks are located on the National Mall. Visitors to the Mall will find 12 Smithsonian Institution museums and 11 different memorials, including the Jefferson Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial. The Mall is also home to the iconic Washington Monument and Ford's Theatre, the infamous location of President Lincoln's assassination.