Impressive structures border it, monuments and memorials stand on it, great museums exist near it, and grand trees help shade it, yet the harmony of these things together merely enhances the concept at its very best. The National Mall stretches west from the foot of Capitol Hill at the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial to encompass the Mall itself, the Washington Monument Grounds, the Tidal Basin area, and West Potomac Park before terminating at the Watergate Steps behind the Lincoln Memorial. It is surrounded on all sides by Smithsonian Museums. A great place to explore on a spring day, the Mall is the heart of the nation's capital and of the entire United States. Here, the nation celebrates, honors, and demonstrates its commitment to democracy.
The public may visit the National Mall 24 hours a day. However, Rangers are on duty to answer questions from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily.
Seasonality / Weather
Washington has a temperate climate typical of the Mid-Atlantic U.S., with four distinct seasons. Summer tends to be very hot and humid. Spring and fall are mild. Winter can bring cold temperatures, frozen precipitation and, on occasions, major snowstorms.
Interstate 395 provides access to the Mall from the south. Interstate 495, New York Avenue, Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, George Washington Memorial Parkway, and the Cabin John Parkway provide access from the north. Interstate 66, U.S. Routes 50 and 29 provide access from the west. U.S. Routes 50, 1, and 4 provide access from the east.
The Mall area on the east can be reached using the following Metro stations: Federal Center at 3rd and D Streets, SW; L'Enfant Plaza at Maryland Avenue and 7th Street, SW; Archives-Navy Memorial at Pennsylvania Avenue and 7th Street, NW; Smithsonian at 12th Street on the Mall, SW; and Federal Triangle along 12th Street between Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues, NW.
The west end of the National Mall can be accessed using any of the following stations: Farragut West at 17th and I or 18th and I Streets, NW; Foggy Bottom/George Washington University at 23rd and I Streets, NW; and Arlington Cemetery across Arlington Memorial Bridge over the Potomac River.