National Mall, Washington DC

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Visit National Mall, the historical national park where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech. The park contains the Washington Monument and spans the region between the Lincoln Memorial and the United States Capitol. This park hosts numerous recreational activities, festivals, and concerts, but is most appreciated as a site for historic political rallies and gatherings, such as the Vietnam War Moratorium Rally in 1969. Millions of people visit the park annually to stand in the place where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous speech, and every four years Americans flood the park to watch the Presidential Inauguration. PutNational Mall into our Washington DC vacation planning tool and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • I know I am repeating myself, but I can't help it. I was so moved to actually be in Washington DC and to visit these famous sites. 
    I know I am repeating myself, but I can't help it. I was so moved to actually be in Washington DC and to visit these famous sites.  more »
  • It is a big area to walk and we had already walked 10 miles. Rented a bike and it was easy and ideal! 
    It is a big area to walk and we had already walked 10 miles. Rented a bike and it was easy and ideal!  more »
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  • I immediately felt better as soon as I walked into the Smithsonian. I got there late as they were about to close. However, there was a very nice security officer that walked me upstairs to the 3rd floor so I could get last minute photos of Wizard of Oz's Dorothy's red slippers. It meant a lot to me and that was very sweet of him. I'll never forget it. Also, the National Mall is one of the best places to exercise, meditate, picnic, chill with friends, street shopping with vendors, ride scooters and bicycles, walk, sight-see, take photos and just enjoy a beautiful place 24/7. Not as many people frequent here at night as they do during the daylight hours but there are quite a few night owls that visit here at night. People come here at night to jog, ride scooters, sit on the benches, and love birds come here at night to take strolls on the trail while holding hands and kissing. At night, there's an absolutely incredibly amazing and gorgeously beautiful view of the White House and the Monument. The place is very serene here and peaceful. It really does remind me of Paris, France how they light up the beautifully engineered street lamps. It's really hard to leave this place. If you come here you will become encapsulated into wonderfulness and joy.
  • Great family-friendly place! My students enjoyed themselves. The displays were educational. I loved the section with the evolution of men and the interactive camera which shows what you would look like had you been in that era. The elephant on the first floor is a landmark for photos. The precious jewels add a touch of class to the museum.👍

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