The National Mall is a national park located in downtown Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States. The National Park Service (NPS) manages the National Mall, which is part of its National Mall and Memorial Parks unit. The term National Mall commonly includes areas that are officially part of Constitution Gardens to the west and West Potomac Park. It is also often referred to as the area between Lincoln Memorial and the United States Capitol, with the Washington Monument providing a division slightly west of the center. The National Mall receives about 24 million visitors annually.
At the heart of our country’s capital, the National Mall and Memorial Parks is home not only to the National Mall but also to other iconic structures. Plan your visit well to make the most of your time in this fascinating public space.
Things to Do
Whether you want to exercise outdoors, enjoy the sights or expand your mind, the National Mall and Memorial Parks has something for you! Visit the Schedule of Events or Things to Do to join in a free ranger program.
Visit the Iconic Memorials and Monuments:
Federally owned and administered parks in Washington, D.C., date back to 1790, some of the oldest in the nation. In 1933, they were transferred to the control of the National Park Service. These parks were known as the National Capital Parks until 1965. The NPS now operates multiple park groupings in D.C. area, including: George Washington Memorial Parkway, National Capital Parks-East, Rock Creek Park and President’s Park. National Mall and Memorial Parks also provides technical assistance to the United States Navy Memorial.
The National Mall and Memorial Parks are located in Washington, D.C. The area is served by Amtrak, Dulles and Reagan airports and many highways. Get directions here.
Hours: Open 24 hours a day.
Fees: There is no fee to visit the National Mall and Memorial Parks. Free tickets are required though to visit the Washington Monument.