National Mall & Memorial Parks in Washington D.C .

National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C

The capital city of the United Stated, Washington D.C. is divided into several districts: Downtown, North Central, West and East. National Mall, one of the distinguished landmarks of the city is located in the Downtown District. National Mall and Memorial Parks consists of various parks and monuments within the city of Washington, D.C.

National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C Information

Location: Between Independence and Constitution Avenues from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial
Architect: Pierre (Peter) Charles L'Enfant; McMillan Commission
Governing Body: National Park Service
NRHP Reference#: 66000031
Added to NRHP: October 15, 1966

National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C History

National Mall and Memorial Parks was legally recognized in 1965, and contains some of the oldest sheltered park lands in the National Park Service. The areas within National Mall and Memorial Parks give visitors large advantages to commemorate presidential legacies; honor the courage and sacrifice of war veterans; celebrate the United States loyalty to freedom and equality.

The Park also includes 156 reservations, circles, fountains and other open spaces besides the memorial core. The National Mall and Memorial Parks has 24 million visitors each year. The reason for existence of the National Mall is to:

  • Provide a special admiration to monuments, dignified and symbolic setting to the governmental structures, museums and national memorials.
  • Maintain the National Mall and provide for its use with the public stroll for pleasure as a work of civic art, and a designed historic landscape providing unusually excellent scenic view to symbols of the nation.
  • Maintain National Mall commemorative works such as memorials, monuments, statues, gardens and sites that honor presidential legacies, dignified public figures, events, ideas, military and civilian sacrifices and contributions.
  • Retain the West Potomac Park section of the National Mall for all the time as a public park for recreation and enjoyment of the people.
  • Maintain the National Mall as a stage for national events in the heart of Washington D.C.
  • Maintain National Mall as a highly distinguished or outstanding national civic space for public gatherings because the constitutional rights of speech and peaceful assembly discover their fullest expression here.
  • Keep the National Mall free of commercial advertising besides being able to recognize and attract sponsors. 

Besides being the most popular tourist destination attracting approximately 24 million visitors each year from all parts of the country, the National Mall and Memorial Parks is used for Protests and rallies, Presidential inaugurations, annual events and other recreational activities.

National Mall & Memorial Parks in Washington D.C. Dimensions

  • From the Capitol steps to the Lincoln Memorial, the Mall runs 1.9 miles (3.0 km).
  • From the steps to the Washington Monument, the Mall spans 1.2 miles (1.8 km).
  • From Ulysses S. Grant Memorial to Lincoln Memorial, the Mall covers 309.2 acres (125.13 ha).

National Mall & Memorial Parks in Washington D.C. Landmarks

The National Mall the following landmarks, museums and other features

  • National Museum of American History
  • National Museum of Natural History
  • National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
  • West Building of the National Gallery of Art
  • East Building of the National Gallery of Art
  • Ulysses S. Grant Memorial
  • National Museum of the American Indian
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • Smithsonian Institution Building ("The Castle")
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
  • National Museum of African Art
  • Union Square
  • Capitol Reflecting Pool
  • James A. Garfield Monument
  • Andrew Jackson Downing Memorial Urn
  • Smithsonian Carousel

National Mall & Memorial Parks in Washington D.C. Nearby Attractions

National Mall consists of Fords Theatre, The House where Lincoln died. The National Mall and Memorial Park also consists of Potomac Park, Hains Point and Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site, African American Civil War Memorial, Constitution Gardens, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, George Mason Memorial, John Ericsson National Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, National Mall, National World War II Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Washington Monument.

National Mall & Memorial Parks in Washington D.C.Nearby Hotels

Hotel Name Fare
Holiday Inn Washington-Capitol $113
L'Enfant Plaza Hotel $99
Courtyard Washington Convention Center $139
Hotel Monaco Washington DC, a Kimpton Hotel $159
J.W. Marriott Washington DC $189
Willard InterContinental Washington $259
Grand Hyatt Washington at Metro Center $89
Washington Marriott at Metro Center $149
Residence Inn by Marriott Washington DC Capitol Hill $159
W Washington D.C. $246