Museums and Gardens

Washington, DC 20580

Museums and Gardens

Museums and Gardens Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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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Trail Information

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

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Dec 2018