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National Mall & Memorial Parks
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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 Service Rangers.

Information provided by National Park Service nps.gov