National Mall Tour

National Mall Overview

The National Mall in Washington DC is considered the heart of the nation’s capital. It’s a great place to walk around and explore the iconic symbols of the United States. Many of the nation’s most important people and events are memorialized here. You can see all the main Washington DC monuments here in a couple hours, but could easily spend a full day walking around. Here’s everything you need to know about visiting the National Mall in Washington DC.

National Mall Tours

You can download a mobile app that provides an engaging self-guided audio tour of the National Mall from TripScout. The DC guide is led by the company’s founder, popular travel blogger at World Venture Project and @goKonrad, and who is a longtime resident of Washington DC. Alternatively, you can book a National Mall tour with a number of Washington DC tour guides. The highest rated and best National Mall tours are:

National Mall Hours

The National Mall is open 24 hours, 365 days week. The monuments are lit up and less crowded at night.

National Mall Parking

Street parking can be found along Constitution Ave, Independence Ave, and in between the two streets along 4th St NW, 7th St NW, and 14th St NW. There are also free parking spaces on Madison Dr and Jeffersion Dr along the National Mall, but these parking spots fill up quickly. Most of the street parking is free, but is limited to two hours. There are also many parking garages downtown that are a short walk from the National Mall.

Getting to the National Mall by Metro

The metro is the easiest way to get to the National Mall. You can access the National Mall via the following metro stops and lines: stop (color line), stop (color line), stop (color line).

National Mall Tickets

No tickets or entry is required. You can simply walk up at any point. The is the only monument that requires a ticket if you wish to go inside and to the top.

National Mall Bike Rental

There are a number of rentable bikes available via Capital Bike Share. You can access these locations on their website.

Monuments at the National Mall

You can read a summary of all the Washington DC monuments or click on the following monuments and memorials to learn more about each:

Washington DC Museums at the National Mall

  • Air & Space Museum
  • Museum of American History
  • Museum of Natural History
  • Smithsonian Castle
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Holocaust Museum

National Mall History

President George Washington appointed Pierre Charles L’Enfant, a French-born American architect and civil engineer, to design the federal city in 1791 to serve as the nation’s capital. L’Enfant envisioned a “grand avenue” to serve as a site for national memorials between the White House and where the Washington Monument stands today. James McMillan, a Senator from Michigan, led a committee of architects and landscape artists to expand L’Enfant’s original plan and as part of the McMillan Plan, the National Mall we know today was created.

National Mall Tour Benefits

  • Curated Sites
  • Audio Tours
  • Offline Map
  • Customizable

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Washington DC Monuments

Washington DC Monuments picture
No Washington DC tour would be complete without teaching the fascinating stories about the many monuments. They share thousands of stories about the people and events that created and shaped the nation. Learn about each of the Washington DC monuments.

Washington DC Museums

Washington DC Museums
Washington DC museums are some of the highest rated in the world. The majority of them are free, which is a great benefit for any local or Washington DC tour. It can be overwhelming, but we will explain all of the best Washington DC museums.

Library of Congress

Library of Congress
Library of Congress tours teach you about the oldest cultural institution and largest library in the United States. It’s one of the most beautiful and elaborate buildings you’ll see on a Washington DC tour and available for anyone to see, tour, or use for research.

Washington DC Food Tour

Washington DC Food Tour
Washington DC is a great food city with influence from all over the world and country. We’ll show you all of the best places to eat on your Washington DC tour and show you how to do your own Washington DC food tour by cuisine or neighborhood.

White House Tour

White House Tour
There are two main White House tours –the East Wing and West Wing. The East Wing tour is the most common and accessible White House tour to undertake on your Washington DC tour. We’ll show you how to take a White House tour.

Washington Monument

Washington Monument
The Washington Monument is a giant obelisk that memorializes George Washington, the first President of the United States and revolutionary hero. It’s the world’s tallest free standing stone monolith and a key attraction on any Washington DC tour.

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