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Discovering the National Mall in Washington

At the heart of the city, the tree-lined National Mall continues to serve as a compelling reminder of American history and sacrifice  The wide swath of green space between Constitution and Independence Avenues extends from the Washington Monument to the U.S. Capitol Building.  With ten of the Smithsonian Institution Museums located here, in addition to the U.S. Capitol Building and a number of other landmarks, the Mall is not just a historic place of interest but also an ideal gathering place for picnics and outdoor festivals.  

Top National Mall Attractions

  • Smithsonian Museums - Ten of the Smithsonian buildings are located on the National Mall running from 3rd street to 14th Street, between Constitution and Independence
  • The Washington Monument - honoring the first president of the United States, this monument is the tallest structure in the city at 555 feet. You can ride the elevator to the top to view the city or just view the monument from outside.
  • U.S. Botanic Garden - With more than 4,000 seasonal and tropical plants, this indoor garden offers special exhibits and educational programs throughout the year
  • National Gallery of Art -  One of the few museums that is NOT part of the Smithsonian, the National Gallery of Art is a world-class museum, home to one of the largest collections of paintings, drawings, prints, and decorative arts, in the world.  

Because the Mall is one of the busiest parts of the City, especially during the tourist season, it's highly recommended to use public transportation.

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