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Due to the annual Christmas Tree lighting stops #2 (The White House), stop #14 (National Museum of American History) and stop #15 (Smithsonian Museum of Natural History) will be closed all day.
Stop #17 the Portrait Gallery stop will be closed for the upcoming future due to major construction. Guest can walk three blocks west to 10th and E St NW which is stop #1, the Welcome Center to board the trolley. We apologize for any inconvenience and will notify when that stop opens.
Arlington Cemetery Tours will not operate on December 14, 2019 and January 11, 2020. Volunteers from Wreaths Across America will be placing wreaths on the grave sites here on December 14th and removing them on January 11th. The box office at the cemetery will be open on both those days for future tickets sales but no tour will be available.
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Guide To Visiting The National Mall

Unmoved for over two centuries and spanning some 1,000 acres that stretch from the base of the U.S. Capitol building to the banks of the Potomac River, is the great National Mall. This sprawling mass of manicured lawn is a symbol of the strength and values of the American people not only because it is home to some of DC’s most iconic monuments but because of the massive public events that have taken place here over the past 200 years. Presidential inaugurations, mass demonstrations, concerts, public addresses, parades and many more milestone events have taken place on this esteemed piece of real estate. In short, a visit to Washington DC is synonymous with a visit to the National Mall.

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POINTS OF INTEREST

Here’s a list of monuments, museums and other sites found along the National Mall for you to visit while on your trip to Washington DC.

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National Mall

National Mall, Washington, DC, USA GET DIRECTIONS

Smithsonian Castle

1000 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC 20560, USA GET DIRECTIONS

Arts and Industries Building

900 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC 20560, USA GET DIRECTIONS

National Museum of African American History and Culture

National Museum of African American History and Culture, Constitution Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC, USA GET DIRECTIONS

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560, USA GET DIRECTIONS

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

950 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560, USA GET DIRECTIONS

Hirshhorn Museum

Hirshhorn Museum, 7th Street Southwest, Washington, DC, USA GET DIRECTIONS

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

600 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560, USA GET DIRECTIONS

National Museum of the American Indian

National Museum of the American Indian, Independence Avenue Southwest, Washington, DC, USA GET DIRECTIONS

United States Botanic Garden

United States Botanic Garden, Maryland Avenue Southwest, Washington, DC, USA GET DIRECTIONS

United States Capitol

United States Capitol, First Street Southeast, Washington, DC, USA GET DIRECTIONS

National Gallery of Art

National Gallery of Art, Constitution Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC, USA GET DIRECTIONS

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC, USA GET DIRECTIONS

Washington Monument

Washington Monument, 15th Street Northwest, Washington, DC, USA GET DIRECTIONS

The White House

The White House, Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC, USA GET DIRECTIONS

World War II Memorial

1750 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA GET DIRECTIONS

Lincoln Memorial

2 Lincoln Memorial Cir NW, Washington, DC 20037, USA GET DIRECTIONS

Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool

Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, Lincoln Memorial Cir NW, Washington, DC, USA GET DIRECTIONS

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Independence Avenue Southwest, Washington, DC, USA GET DIRECTIONS

Korean War Veterans Memorial

Korean War Veterans Memorial, Ohio Drive Southwest, Washington, DC, USA GET DIRECTIONS

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Henry Bacon Drive Northwest, Washington, DC, USA GET DIRECTIONS

Constitution Gardens

Constitution Gardens, Constitution Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC, USA GET DIRECTIONS

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Raoul Wallenberg Place Southwest, Washington, DC, USA GET DIRECTIONS
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      Smithsonian Castle
      Known as the Castle, this 1855 building serves as an information center for visitors to the Mall.
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      Arts and Industries Building
      The Arts and Industries Building (AIB) is the second oldest of the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Built between April 1879 and March 1881.
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      National Museum of African American History and Culture
      The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans.
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      Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
      As the national museums of Asian art, the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery preserve, exhibit, and interpret Asian art in ways that deepen our understanding of Asia, America, and the world.
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      Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
      The National Museum of African Art inspires conversations about the beauty, power, and diversity of African arts and cultures worldwide.
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      Hirshhorn Museum
      Renowned modern & contemporary art museum with serene sculpture gardens right on the National Mall.
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      Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
      Museum documenting the history of aviation & space exploration, with displays of vehicles & more.
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      National Museum of the American Indian
      Artifact exhibits & modern interactive displays examine the history & culture of Native Americans.
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      United States Botanic Garden
      Sprawling grounds featuring exotic flora plus conservatory, rare plants gallery & butterfly garden.
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      United States Capitol
      Iconic, domed classical building housing the U.S. Senate & House of Representatives, open for tours.
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      National Gallery of Art
      Permanent collection holds American & European works in 2 buildings & a sculpture garden.
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      Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
      From dinosaur exhibits to displays of rare gems, this acclaimed museum celebrates the natural world.
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      Washington Monument
      Landmark obelisk rising from the National Mall that honors America's first president.
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      The White House
      Landmark, historic home & office of the United States president, with tours for visitors.
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      World War II Memorial
      Iconic outdoor memorial honoring the 16 million Americans who served during World War II.
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      Lincoln Memorial
      Parthenon-inspired tribute to Abraham Lincoln with a 19-ft. marble statue, murals & reflecting pool.
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      Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool
      This huge, iconic pool on the National Mall reflects the Lincoln Memorial & the Washington Monument.
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      Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
      Memorial pays tribute to slain civil rights leader near where he delivered "I Have a Dream" speech.
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      Korean War Veterans Memorial
      Outdoor memorial commemorating people who served in the Korean War through lifelike statues & more.
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      Vietnam Veterans Memorial
      Monument to Vietnam War service, featuring a wall with over 58,000 names of dead & missing soldiers.
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      Constitution Gardens
      Compact garden featuring a variety of relaxing spots, as well as a pond & island.
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      United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
      Preserving the memory of the Holocaust with permanent & traveling exhibits & educational programs.
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MAIN ATTRACTIONS

THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT

At 555’ tall, this is the single tallest structure in the city. In fact, no building within the city limits is permitted to exceed the height of this giant obelisk, a towering symbol of George Washington, the first President of the United States and its most celebrated revolutionary general. Made of marble, granite and sandstone, the monument is surrounded by 50 American flags representing each of the states. It has sweeping views of DC and an elevator to the structure’s apex, or pyramidion, allowing you to see as far as 30 miles! Or, you can climb 897 steps. We highly recommend the former.

 

THE U.S. CAPITOL BUILDING

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The place that was nearly burned to a crisp by hostile British forces during the War of 1812 and where legislators hash it out and sign bills into law today, the U.S. Capitol was built as a result of a design contest. After winning a cool $500 bucks, architect William Thornton went on to design arguably the most recognizable building in all of DC. (Minus the big dome, which wasn’t built until the 1850s.) Because of increased security, freely roaming the Capitol Building is a no-no, so you’ll have to arrange for a guided tour. Contact the Capitol Visitor Center for more information and for passes to see the wheels of democracy churn with a sit-in on the daily business conducted in the Senate and House galleries.

 

SMITHSONIAN MUSEUMS

This federal institution has multiple museums scattered throughout Washington, DC., 10 of which are located on the National Mall. With 17 museums, several galleries and a zoo, 2-3 days still might not be enough to see it all at a reasonable pace, so be selective. With so many amazing things to see, that’s easier said than done. If machines with wings that go really fast pique your imagination, then head over to the National Air & Space Museum for a chronicle of the history of aviation and space travel. For you art buffs, trace the evolution of American art from the Colonial days to the present with the grandiose retrospective found at the Smithsonian American Art Museum & Renwick Gallery. All of these museums contain national treasures that tell the story of a people and a nation since its inception.

 

U.S. BOTANIC GARDEN

Centuries ago, George Washington had a vision for the capital city of the United States that included a botanic garden that would demonstrate and promote the importance of plants to the young nation. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1820, the U.S. Botanic Garden is one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America that is a living plant museum informing visitors about the importance of plants and their cultivation to the continued well-being of humans coexisting in a fragile ecosystem. This indoor-outdoor research facility has myriad examples of plants and flowers from every conceivable climate and part of the world. From roses to orchids, the rainforest to the Mid-Atlantic, rare and endangered plants to the latest in home gardens, there’s always something beautiful in bloom to admire.

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GETTING AROUND

OLD TOWN TROLLEY TOURS

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With 30 years in the biz, Old Town Trolley’s ubiquitous green and orange, state-of-the-art vehicles provide the best vantage point to catch a great many of the important monuments and landmarks in and around the National Mall. Covering over 100 points of interest, this hop-on hop-off, fully-narrated tour will take you places like the Jefferson Memorial, the FDR Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial and, as the only tour operator authorized to do so, to the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery. Furthermore, since the DC area can be rather congested with traffic, parking can become a troublesome issue when you to want to tackle the mall on your own. With this tour, not only will you see the most iconic landmarks but you won’t have to worry about parking your car.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

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TOUR TICKETS

Old Town Trolley Tours is pleased to take you to the National Mall as part of our tour!

Tour Duration

Tour length is 3-4 hours and includes all stops and transfers.

Booth Locations

Welcome Center at 1001 E St NW

Departure Time

*Tour length times may vary depending upon road conditions or traffic.

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Accessibility Services

Reservations for accessible trolley must be arranged 24 hours in advance. Go to accessibility services for more information.

DINING

Spending the day walking any mall is sure to bring about a grumbling stomach; but when it happens to be America’s Front Yard, you can be sure that a respite at one of the area’s tasty eating establishments is definitely in order.

SHAKE SHACK

This notch-above-your-average burger joint has been satiating the appetites of burger lovers for years now and there happens to be one right nearby. It’s easy on the wallet. Don’t forget a side of the crinkle fries.

BANTAM KING

When you love a great bowl of ramen and you absolutely must have one now, head to this noodle shop in Chinatown for a deeply satisfying bowl of the good stuff.

HILL COUNTRY BARBECUE MARKET

The best darn smoked meats outside of Central Texas. This place is modeled after one of the meccas of Texas-style BBQ so the brisket is out of this world; but be sure to try some of their homegrown, out-of-the-box offerings as well.

OLD EBBITT GRILL

For a taste of old Washington DC, pay this mahogany wood-accented eating house a visit. Enjoy classic, well-prepared American fare with half off oysters during happy hour.

SHOPPING

When we go on vacation, we buy things. Whether it’s because there’s an item you can only find at a certain place or whether you want a keepsake of your trip, we love to shop in new and different places. When you’re ready to put that credit card through its paces and grab some new merch, here are the best places to do it around the National Mall.

WHITE HOUSE GIFTS

For things unapologetically patriotic, this store is the whole red, white and blue! T-shirts, jerseys, hats, commemorative coins, novelties and more can all be found right here and, with a purchase of over $50, you get a free picture posing in a replica of the oval office!

CityCenterDC

This mammoth, mixed-use complex is your go-to for luxury shopping, dining and condo living if you’ve got the means and, in the Fall of 2019, they’ll be opening up a modern, grand hotel.

L’ENFANT PLAZA

The new L’Enfant Plaza showcases a stunning three-story glass gateway entrance, 40+ restaurants and shops, an outdoor square, more retail, and enhanced office space to enliven this popular destination just two blocks from the National Mall.

MAJOR EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

Here are the annual events that get folks flocking to the Nation’s Capital:

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY

Celebrated on the third Monday every January, the Freedom Choir performs a free concert at the Kennedy Center. The African American Civil War Museum also hosts an annual wreath laying ceremony at the African American Civil War Memorial in the U Street Corridor.

NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL PARADE

This event usually runs from late March to mid-April. The parade route runs 10 blocks along Constitution Avenue showcasing bands, floats, dancers, singers and celebrities, many decked out in pink, the theme color in honor of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

H STREET FESTIVAL

This festival in September is a high-energy block party with live bands and beer tents; but it’s best known for the dozens of ethnic eateries that participate in this friendly gathering. Neighborhood artists sell their DC-centric merchandise as well.

NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

The tree lighting is hosted by the National Park Service in President’s Park on the grounds of the White House. The switch is flipped for the first time in early December, followed by an opening concert. The tree is lit each night after that, with performances each evening.

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