National Mall

The National Mall is a US National Park located in downtown Washington DC, just east of the Potomac, across the river from Arlington, Virginia. The area commonly considered the National Mall, from the Lincoln Memorial to the US Capitol Building, measures almost two miles, with many monuments, memorials, and museums along the way. The Smithsonian Institution sees over many popular museums located on and around the National Mall.

Once you're at the Mall, walking is most common way to get around and see the attractions, but with monuments far apart, it is best to split the trip into bite sized pieces. Visitors can also find companies which will rent bicycles (or can use DC's bike sharing program, Capital Bikeshare). Guided Segway tours are also available from some companies. Both alternatives to walking will give tourists who are short on time a way to see more and save some energy.

US Capitol Building

The US Capitol Building is the meeting place of the Senate and the House of Representatives. It is one of the National Mall's most iconic buildings.

Washington Monument

The Washington Monument is a well known Washington DC landmark located at the heart of the National Mall.

Jefferson Memorial

The Jefferson Memorial is a tribute to Thomas Jefferson, a founding father of the United States and the nation's third president.

Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorials is an iconic landmark, and memorial for one of the most well known presidents of the United States.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial honors the thousands of Americans who fought, died in the Vietnam War, or were MIA.

National World War II Memorial

The National World War II Memorial is dedicated to Americans who fought in the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters in World War II.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

The newest addition to the National Mall, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial stands gazing across the tidal basin in memory of the civil rights leader it is named for.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt commemorates the 32nd president of the United States who saw the nation through the Great Depression and the beginning of WWII.

Korean War Veterans Memorial

Located south of the reflection pool, the Korean War Veterans Memorial pays tribute to those who fought in the Korean War.

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