Washington DC Travel and Tourist Information
National Mall & Memorial Parks
Officially established in 1965, National Mall & Memorial Parks contains some of the oldest protected park lands in the National Park Service. The sprawling lands of the National Mall & Memorial Parks include the Mall, the public promenade extending from 3rd Street near the Capitol to 14th Street. The National Mall is the continuation of that space where congressionally authorized park icons, such as the Washington Monument, WWII and Lincoln Memorials stand. This historic expanse is the linear area between the Potomac River and Capital Reflecting Pool. In addition to the memorial core, the park includes some 156 reservations, circles, fountains and other open spaces, all of which serve as the nation’s front yard. Ford’s Theatre, The House where Lincoln died, Potomac Park, Hains Point and Pennsylvania Avenue NHS are also among the park managed areas that constitute National Mall & Memorial Parks.
Having over 1,000 acres of National Park Service managed land within the Nation’s Capital, National Mall & Memorial Parks provides visitors with abundant opportunities to commemorate presidential legacies; honor the courage, sacrifice and devotion to duty of war veterans; celebrate the United States commitment to freedom, equality and democratic ideals; and enjoy symbolic architecture, historic vistas and renowned natural landscapes.
History of the Mall – Cycle through the Stories
The history of the National Mall is as diverse and fascinating as the history of our
nation itself. How has this span of green space in the heart of the Nation’s Capital
altered over time? How has this area been influenced by great cultural, historical,
and social events through time? See and hear how The National Mall has changed
over time into what you experience today.
DC’s Wild Side – Explore Nature on the National Mall
So you think fossils are on display only in museums? Did you know there are
Cherry Trees older than much of the city? There is more to the National Mall
than just monuments, memorials, and museums. Washington, DC is home to
many species of plant and animal life that help make the city beautiful.
Washington is home to the world famous Cherry Trees found around the Tidal
Basin while majestic elm trees line the entire length of the National Mall. Small
fossils and even “fools gold” can be found in some of the stone that make up the
memorials; if you know where to look! Let a Park Ranger show you the “Wild
Side” of the National Mall.
Off the Beaten Path – Discover Lonely Landmarks
You may have seen them on a map, driven past them hundreds of times, or even
walked up to one of them out of curiosity. What are they, who are they, and more
importantly, why are they here? This is the story of Washington DC’s lonely
landmarks. These statues, urns, and symbolic gestures of friendship and
remembrance can be found all over DC. Find out the stories of these lonely
landmarks from our Rangers.
People of Washington – Famous Names, Amazing Stories
Get to know the people behind the city. See and hear how the influential
personalities of Washington, DC have affected the city and how it has changed
over time. Presidents, First Ladies, authors, famous and infamous characters
alike have help shape the history of Washington, DC. These are their stories.
On this Date in History
What do Presidential assassinations, Civil War battles, the sinking of the Titanic,
the Burning of Washington, and the birthdays of engineers, inventers and
landscape architects all have in common? They are at the heart of our newest Bike
Tour topic – On this Date in History! These one-of-a-kind tours interpret the
history of our more celebrated holidays and lesser known anniversaries as well.
Come learn more about these extraordinary dates in history with National Park
Summer Cycling Tour (Every Saturday and Sunday during Summer)
Information provided by National Park Service nps.gov