Museums and Gardens

District of Columbia

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Walking around the east side of the mall, pass by several Smithsonian museums and through sculpture and botanic gardens on this short, easy tour. Begin at the Smithsonian Metro stop and turn right toward the Freer and Sackler Galleries. These house Asian art and some American collections. Walk along the mall on the clay path. This portion of the National Mall is home to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, held at the end of June. The festival focuses on three different cultures every year and highlights the various art forms of each one, including dance, music, and cuisine. The red building on your right is the Smithsonian Castle, which houses the offices of the institute. Farther along, in front of the original Smithsonian Museum, the Arts and Industries Building, is an old-fashioned carousel.

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"Walking around the east side of the mall, pass by several Smithsonian museums and through sculpture and botanic gardens on this short, easy tour.

Begin at the Smithsonian Metro stop and turn right toward the Freer and Sackler Galleries. These house Asian art and some American collections. Walk along the mall on the clay path. This portion of the National Mall is home to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, held at the end of June. The festival focuses on three different cultures every year and highlights the various art forms of each one, including dance, music, and cuisine. The red building on your right is the Smithsonian Castle, which houses the offices of the institute. Farther along, in front of the original Smithsonian Museum, the Arts and Industries Building, is an old-fashioned carousel."

Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running
Distance: 2.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: National Mall and Memorial Parks, 900 Ohio Dr. SW, Washington, D.C. 20024; (202) 426-6841; www.nps.gov/nama
Local Maps: National Park Service maps at www.nps.gov/nama
Driving Directions: Directions to Museums and Gardens

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