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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.”

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Courtyard by Marriott Washington Downtown/Convention Center
Courtyard by Marriott Washington Downtown/Convention Center
3 out of 5
901 L Street NW, Washington, DC
The price is $105 per night from May 24 to May 24
Located in Downtown Washington D.C., this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Ford's Theater, and Capital One Arena. ...
4.4/5Excellent! (797 reviews)
"Nicer, newer, good WiFi and not more than a mile from White House. Good stay for the $"

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

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Motto by Hilton Washington DC City Center
Motto by Hilton Washington DC City Center
3.5 out of 5
627 H Street NW, Washington, DC
The price is $76 per night from May 9 to May 9
Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Smithsonian American Art Museum and CityCenterDC. Capital One Arena and Walter E. Washington Convention ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,844 reviews)
"Nice room and location, not much room to walk around. Still a nice deal to be right in the middle of DC"

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

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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
The price is $111 per night from May 9 to May 9
Located in Capitol Hill, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of National Mall and Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. United States Capitol and National ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,101 reviews)
"My stay at the Hyatt was pleasant. The staff was really nice and my room was nice and clean."

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall
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Courtyard by Marriott Washington Downtown/Convention Center
Courtyard by Marriott Washington Downtown/Convention Center
3 out of 5
901 L Street NW, Washington, DC
The price is $105 per night from May 24 to May 24
Courtyard by Marriott Washington Downtown/Convention Center
Motto by Hilton Washington DC City Center
Motto by Hilton Washington DC City Center
3.5 out of 5
627 H Street NW, Washington, DC
The price is $76 per night from May 9 to May 9
Motto by Hilton Washington DC City Center
Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall
Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall
3 out of 5
400 E Street SW, Washington, DC
The price is $111 per night from May 9 to May 9
Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall
Yours Truly DC
Yours Truly DC
4.5 out of 5
1143 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC
The price is $149 per night from May 25 to May 25
Yours Truly DC
Embassy Suites by Hilton Washington D.C. – Convention Center
Embassy Suites by Hilton Washington D.C. – Convention Center
3.5 out of 5
900 10th St NW, Washington, DC
The price is $110 per night from May 25 to May 25
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The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center
The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center
4 out of 5
1400 M Street, NW, Washington, DC
The price is $119 per night from May 7 to May 7
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Willard InterContinental Washington, an IHG Hotel
Willard InterContinental Washington, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
1401 Pennsylvania Ave Nw, Washington, DC
The price is $284 per night from Jun 3 to Jun 3
Willard InterContinental Washington, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Washington D.C. - The Wharf, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Washington D.C. - The Wharf, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
801 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC
The price is $199 per night from May 13 to May 13
InterContinental Washington D.C. - The Wharf, an IHG Hotel
Hotel Harrington
Hotel Harrington
3 out of 5
436 11th Street NW, Washington, DC
The price is $98 per night from May 22 to May 22
Hotel Harrington
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