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Part of the National Park System, the National Mall got its start in 1791. This peaceful green space in the middle of Washington, DC runs from the U.S. Capitol to the Potomac River. As you make your way along it, you'll encounter an impressive collection of monuments and memorials, including the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The National Mall is just 10 minutes from Comfort Inn Arlington at Ballston.


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It's FREE to visit the National Mall.

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Open 24 hours a day, except for memorial closures on December 25.


  • Cherry Blossom Festival
  • Ranger Talks
  • Living History Programs


  • Washington Monument
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Jefferson Memorial
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
  • World War II Memorial
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial


  • Is there a lot of walking?

    Since there’s a lot of space between many of the monuments, you can be on your feet quite a while so make sure to wear comfortable shoes. You’ll also want to dress appropriately. During the summer, go with light clothing and a hat with a large brim for sun protection. If you’re visiting in winter, layers are the way to go. Another cool way to get around the National Mall is on a bike or Segway tour.
  • What’s the best mode of transportation?

    Parking in Washington, DC tends to be on expensive side. That said, your best bet for getting to the National Mall is to take the Metro or a bus.  You can check out schedules at http://www.wmata.com/. 

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