National Mall Monuments

District of Columbia

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Nearly 2 miles in length, anchored by memorials from end to end, the National Mall today embodies the spirit, if not the exact design, of Pierre-Charles L'Enfant's original vision for Washington, D.C: a grand lawn and boulevard that is both a gathering place and a symbol of American democracy. The National Mall, 2 miles in length, is anchored on the east end by the U.S. Capitol and on the west by the Lincoln Memorial. Halfway between is the Washington Monument. Bounding it to the north is the White House, and to the south, the Jefferson Memorial. It’s easily divided into two parts. The eastern half from the Capitol to the Washington Monument is Museum Row, where more than ten museums line the Mall, including the Smithsonian Institute. The bulk of this hike takes place in the western half of the Mall, the monument core, more formally known as West Potomac Park. The long, skinny Reflecting Pool is the centerpiece; around it stand all the well-known memorials, from the oldest (Washington) to the newest (the World War II Memorial).

National Mall Monuments Professional Review and Guide

"Nearly 2 miles in length, anchored by memorials from end to end, the National Mall today embodies the spirit, if not the exact design, of Pierre-Charles L'Enfant's original vision for Washington, D.C: a grand lawn and boulevard that is both a gathering place and a symbol of American democracy.

The National Mall, 2 miles in length, is anchored on the east end by the U.S. Capitol and on the west by the Lincoln Memorial. Halfway between is the Washington Monument. Bounding it to the north is the White House, and to the south, the Jefferson Memorial. It’s easily divided into two parts. The eastern half from the Capitol to the Washington Monument is Museum Row, where more than ten museums line the Mall, including the Smithsonian Institute. The bulk of this hike takes place in the western half of the Mall, the monument core, more formally known as West Potomac Park. The long, skinny Reflecting Pool is the centerpiece; around it stand all the well-known memorials, from the oldest (Washington) to the newest (the World War II Memorial)."

Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running
Distance: 4.6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: May through November
Local Maps: USGS 7.5 minute series: Washington West, DC/VA/MD
Driving Directions: Directions to National Mall Monuments

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