National Mall + Memorial Parks

Greater Washington D.C., Maryland

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  • Washington Monument.- National Mall + Memorial Parks
  • View of the Lincoln Memorial and the reflecting pool from the Washington Monument.- National Mall + Memorial Parks
  • Signs are all around the National Mall to help you find your way.- National Mall + Memorial Parks
  • The Lincoln Memorial, part of the National Mall.- National Mall + Memorial Parks
  • The Washington Monument and Reflecting Pool from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.- National Mall + Memorial Parks
  • Marble statue of Abraham Lincoln inside the Lincoln Memorial.- National Mall + Memorial Parks
  • The Lincoln Memorial.- National Mall + Memorial Parks
  • An evening bike tour group in front of the Lincoln Memorial.- National Mall + Memorial Parks
  • The World War II Memorial.- National Mall + Memorial Parks
  • The Thomas Jefferson Memorial.- National Mall + Memorial Parks
  • View from the steps of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.- National Mall + Memorial Parks
  • Statue of Thomas Jefferson inside the memorial.- National Mall + Memorial Parks
  • Sun setting through the pillars at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.- National Mall + Memorial Parks
  • Looking out over the Tidal Basin from the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.- National Mall + Memorial Parks
  • The Vietnam Veterans Memorial.- National Mall + Memorial Parks
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial.- National Mall + Memorial Parks
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial.- National Mall + Memorial Parks
  • Names of those who gave their lives during the Vietham War are carved into the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall.- National Mall + Memorial Parks
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial- National Mall + Memorial Parks
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.- National Mall + Memorial Parks
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.- National Mall + Memorial Parks
  • The Constitution Gardens with the Washington Monument in the distance.- National Mall + Memorial Parks
  • Bike shares are an easy way to explore the National Mall and Memorial Park.- National Mall + Memorial Parks
  • A man peers back at Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial.- National Mall + Memorial Parks
  • The Capitol Building across the Capitol Reflecting Pool.- National Mall + Memorial Parks
  • Washington Memorial as seen from the Lincoln Memorial.- National Mall + Memorial Parks
  • The Lincoln Memorial.- National Mall + Memorial Parks
  • The Washington Memorial as seen from the Jefferson Memorial, across the Tidal Basin.- National Mall + Memorial Parks
  • Washington Memorial from across the Tidal Basin.- National Mall + Memorial Parks
  • Thomas Jefferson Memorial.- National Mall + Memorial Parks
  • Abraham Lincoln Memorial.- National Mall + Memorial Parks
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Many historical landmarks.
Cons: 
Busy.
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Region:
Greater Washington D.C., MD
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Picnic Tables: 
Yes
Area: 
1,000.00 acres (404.69 hectares)
Dogs allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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One of the highlights of visiting the nation’s capital is the ability to view and explore the National Mall and Memorial Parks for free. It’s a rare this day in age to be able to spend a day or even a week explore a place with rich history and significance without having to pay entrance fees everywhere you go. With numerous monuments and memorials to explore in addition to over 1,000 acres of greenspace, there is plenty to keep you busy.

There are many options to get around to all the different sights. A great option is on bike. Guided tours are available from different outfitters that can take you around to the sights while providing more in-depth information about each place. Another fun way is to go by foot. The National Park Service has offered programs such as ranger-led walks and even ranger-led runs. These walks and runs are a great way to view the sights, learn a little history and add to your adventure. Check with the National Park Service for current program offerings.

Monuments and Memorials

Washington Monument: Built to honor the first president of the United States, the Washington Monument stands 555 feet tall and is made out of marble.

Lincoln Memorial: Symbolizing unity, strength, and wisdom, the Lincoln Memorial sits directly across the reflecting pool from the Washington Monument, which allows for some amazing photo opportunities.

World War II Memorial: Honoring those who served.

Thomas Jefferson Memorial: Recognizing the contributions of Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the United States.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial: The almost 250-foot-long wall with over 58,000 names etched in it honors those who served in the Vietnam War.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial: “Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope,” is just one of the many quotes from MLK, Jr. around this memorial that emphasizes the great legacy he left behind.

Korean War Veterans Memorial: Depending on the lighting, these stainless steel statues can appear ghostly, but it depicts those who fought during the Korean War.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial: FRD was an iconic president, and the memorial site is just one of many dedicated to his legacy.

D.C. War Memorial (WWI): The marble structure was built with the intention of holding the entire U.S. Marine Band, and concerts held there would be a tribute to those who served or had fallen during the war.

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