Discover the National Mall in Washington DC
As a central point of the city and one of the most popular places for sightseeing, many new residents make the National Mall their first stop when they first move to the city. With its swath of land stretching from the U.S. Capitol to the Washington Monument and tree-lined boulevard serving as the backdrop for the historic memorials, the Mall is an imposing reminder of American history and democracy at work.
Its expansive lawn is the perfect gathering place for picnics and other special events. The Mall has also served as the site of a number of protests and rallies over the years including the Martin Luther King, Jr. "I Have A Dream" speech to the hundreds of thousands of freedom fighters who marched on Washington.
A Few Facts About the National Mall
Did you know....
- More than 25 million people visit the mall every year
- The National Mall is home to over 3,000 annual events
- More than 26 miles of sidewalks and 8 miles of bike trails are found at the mall
- The Mall contains 9,000+ trees
- 15 softball fields, two rugby fields, 8 volleyball courts and two multi-purpose fields provide recreation at the National Mall
- The Washington Monument
- The U.S. Capitol Building
- Ten Smithsonian Museums
- U.S. Botanic Garden
- National Gallery of Art
While many of the museums feature their own cafes, they can be a bit expensive and crowded. Other dining options nearby include:
- Union Station
- Old Post Office Pavillion
- Eastern Market
- Capitol Hill Restaurants