National Mall

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National Mall

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Inspiring architecture, magnificent museums and the icons of American history await on Washington’s famous two-mile (three-kilometer) strip.

Admire the memorials dedicated to Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln, or relax in the immaculately kept gardens of D.C.’s most recognizable strip. With its wealth of monuments, museums and grand gardens, the National Mall can easily occupy two or three days of your visit to Washington.

Join reverent Americans of all ages at the pantheon-like memorials to the early American presidents Lincoln and Jefferson. The Washington monument is impossible to miss. Standing 555 feet (169 meters) high, the needle-like obelisk commemorates America’s first president and is the tallest stone structure in the world. Consider lingering until late afternoon and evening as the marble and granite light up against the darkening sky.

Evocative monuments to other figures who have shaped American history are also found along the mall. Pause to reflect on the role Martin Luther King Jr. played in the aspirations and lives of African Americans, or on the determination and leadership President Ulysses S. Grant displayed in winning the American Civil War.

Once you’ve paid your respects to the many monuments and memorials, spend a few hours, or days, exploring some of the nation’s premier museums. The National Museum of American History, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Air and Space Museum should be near the top of everyone’s list.

Time your visit to coincide with one of the many festivals held in the mall throughout the course of the year. Blossom Kite Festival and Earth Day are two major spring events, while Independence Day and Labor Day feature parades and fireworks displays that the entire family will enjoy.

Monuments and history aside, the National Mall is the perfect place to unwind. Go for a jog through the tree-lined paths and gardens, take to the waters on the paddle boats, or enjoy a game of Frisbee on ”America’s front lawn.”

Top Hotels Close to National Mall

Hotel Harrington
Hotel Harrington
3 out of 5
436 11th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20004
The price is $125 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 7
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Washington. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value in our reviews. ...
3.6/5 Good! (1,629 reviews)
"Location and cost"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Hotel Harrington
Holiday Inn Washington Capitol - Natl Mall, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Washington Capitol - Natl Mall, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
550 C St SW, Washington, DC, 20024
The price is $199 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Washington. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,091 reviews)
"It’s in a great location. Front desk was extremely helpful."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Holiday Inn Washington Capitol - Natl Mall, an IHG Hotel
YOTEL Washington DC
YOTEL Washington DC
4 out of 5
415 New Jersey Ave Nw, Washington, DC, 20001
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $152 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4-star boutique hotel in Washington. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (306 reviews)
"it was nice and walking distance to everything"

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

YOTEL Washington DC
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Hotel Harrington
Hotel Harrington
3 out of 5
436 11th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20004
The price is $125 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 7
Hotel Harrington
Holiday Inn Washington Capitol - Natl Mall, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Washington Capitol - Natl Mall, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
550 C St SW, Washington, DC, 20024
The price is $199 per night from May 22 to May 23
Holiday Inn Washington Capitol - Natl Mall, an IHG Hotel
YOTEL Washington DC
YOTEL Washington DC
4 out of 5
415 New Jersey Ave Nw, Washington, DC, 20001
The price is $152 per night from May 30 to May 31
YOTEL Washington DC
Yours Truly DC
Yours Truly DC
4.5 out of 5
1143 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20037
The price is $179 per night from May 30 to May 31
Yours Truly DC
Hotel Washington
Hotel Washington
4.5 out of 5
515 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20004
The price is $229 per night from May 26 to May 27
Hotel Washington
Washington Plaza
Washington Plaza
4 out of 5
10 Thomas Circle NW, Washington, DC, 20005
The price is $169 per night from May 26 to May 27
Washington Plaza
citizenM Washington DC Capitol
citizenM Washington DC Capitol
4 out of 5
550 School St SW, Washington, DC, 20024
The price is $169 per night from May 30 to May 31
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Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall
Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall
3 out of 5
400 E Street SW, Washington, DC, 20024
The price is $201 per night from May 30 to May 31
Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall
Hamilton Hotel Washington DC
Hamilton Hotel Washington DC
4 out of 5
1001 14th St NW, Washington, DC, 20005
The price is $180 per night from May 30 to May 31
Hamilton Hotel Washington DC
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.