Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site


Pennsylvania Avenue is among the world's truly famous streets. It is known the world over as the heart of the Nation's Capital. America's history has marched, paraded, promenaded, and protested its way along the Avenue. It is no wonder that Pennsylvania Avenue is called "America's Main Street." The Avenue is more than just another city street; it is, rather, America's Ceremonial Way.



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 and Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site 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.

Numerous public parking garages can be found along streets adjacent to Pennsylvania Avenue NHS and at Union Station, north of the avenue. General visitor parking is available nearby along the Mall on Madison and Jefferson Drives and on the National Mall along Ohio Drive, SW between the Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson Memorials. Consult signage regarding hourly parking limitations. Parking Lots A, B & C along Ohio Drive, SW offer free, all day parking.


Three major airports link Washington, D.C. with the rest of the country and the world. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport all have limousine, taxi cab, or Metro services available that will connect with the National Mall and Pennsylvania Avenue NHS.

Public Transport: 

Several Metro stations provide convenient access to Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site: Metro Center at 12th and F Streets, NW; Federal Triangle along 12th Street, between Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues, NW; and Archives/Navy Memorial at 7th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.