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National Mall

National Mall

Free admission
17th Street NW, between Constitution Avenue NW and Independence Avenue SW, Washington D.C., 20024

The Basics

With at least a dozen museums spread along 11 blocks (plus all the other monuments and memorials), there’s a lot to see and do at the National Mall. As a hub of so many attractions, the National Mall features on just about every guided tour of the city.

Walking tours of the National Mall hone in on the history of America’s “front yard,” while evening tours on foot, by coach, or Segway allow visitors to see the monuments and museums illuminated after dark. Some tours combine the National Mall with a trip to Arlington National Cemetery.

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Washington DC National Mall Night Tour - Stops at 10 Iconic Attractions!
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Washington DC National Mall Night Tour - Stops at 10 Iconic Attractions!
$80.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Worth the time and money to see the monuments at night!!
Monuments were beautiful at night …. So different and majestic at night with the special lighting. We were very disappointed that most stops we were allowed only 5-10 min by tour guide (most of that time was spent walking to/from the site sadly).
Monty_M, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

star-5
Perfect evening!
Kara_M, Sep 2021
Washington DC Moonlit Tour of the National Mall with Pick-Up & Stops at 10 Sites
Sally is one of the BEST tour guides. Her way of presenting history is unique and captivating. Chris is the most patient driver and safety is his top concern. Hotel pick up went smoothly!
star-5
Night Tour was the highlight of our trip to DC
eileen_r, Sep 2021
Washington DC National Mall Night Tour - Stops at 10 Iconic Attractions!
Excellent tour, the van was a bit crowded considering covid but the driver and tour guide did a fantastic job both giving us a great tour but also doing their part in mask-wearing. We took our 90-year-old mom and they were very accomodating with her. We did a private daytime tour and this Night Tour was definitely the highlight of our trip to DC. I wish I had taken this tour first but we scheduled it for my actual birthday. If you only do one tour, do this one, it will not disappoint.
star-5
We loved this tour!
Kelly_O, Aug 2021
Washington DC Moonlit Tour of the National Mall with Pick-Up & Stops at 10 Sites
We loved our tour guide Cassie. She was so friendly and had so much knowledge which made the tour so much more interesting. She truly made our night and I highly recommend booking this tour. The bus was brand new and super clean…5 Stars!
star-5
Outstanding
Christrina_M, Jul 2021
Washington DC National Mall Night Tour - Stops at 10 Iconic Attractions!
We loved our guide. The transportation was amazing, and the ability to get so close to the White House during protests with safety was amazing.
star-5
Loved It!
Kristi_A, Oct 2021
DC National Mall & Memorials Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max
Our tour guide was amazing! Leigh was a wonderful storyteller. She was so knowledgeable and made the stories interesting.
star-5
June Night Tour
Joshua_R, Jun 2021
Washington DC Moonlit Tour of the National Mall with Pick-Up & Stops at 10 Sites
Fantastic tour! Our tour guide Mr.Map was extremely knowledgeable and informative on every stop. The bus was clean/new and the hotel pick up was punctual and convenient! Would definitely recommend if you want a high level overview of DC’s biggest attractions in one tour.
star-5
Best tour ever!
Laura_K, Jun 2021
Washington DC National Mall Night Tour - Stops at 10 Iconic Attractions!
There were so many things my family loved about this tour! Not only did they take us to all of the monuments but Jennifer was very knowledgeable about the location. She could answer any questions you had, had lots of stories, and even some fun trivia with Covid friendly prizes. Our driver was also very helpful. I highly recommend this tour!
star-5
The Mall was very good...
Richard_S, Sep 2021
DC Mall & National Gallery of Art Guided Walking Tour - 8ppl Max
The Mall was very good and the guide was very knowledgabe in the National Gallery abot all of the artwork. He also had a GREAT personality!
star-5
Great experience!!!
Joanna_W, Aug 2021
Washington DC National Mall Night Tour - Stops at 10 Iconic Attractions!
Our guide, Rob, was so informative! We went to all the national mall stops from Capital Building to the Lincoln Memorial and everywhere in between. At each stop he showed us how to get some great pics and even took some for us so the whole family could be in the picture. All the buildings were lit up at night, it was so beautiful.
star-4
Hearing difficulties
Jennifer_O, Oct 2021
Washington DC Moonlit Tour of the National Mall with Pick-Up & Stops at 10 Sites
Speakers mid way and/or the back of the van would be helpful. It was hard to hear even after our amazing tour guide Tyrone turned up the volume. Chris our driver was good also!
star-5
Amazing Night Tour
Texan, Oct 2021
Washington DC National Mall Night Tour - Stops at 10 Iconic Attractions!
The tour was great! The sites were amazing lit up at night, but the real star was our guide. Dustin was so knowledgeable, friendly and a fantastic guide.
star-5
Awesome!!!
Mallory_B, Oct 2021
Washington DC Moonlit Tour of the National Mall with Pick-Up & Stops at 10 Sites
Great tour! Guide was very knowledgeable and the commentary was entertaining. All the sites looked gorgeous at night. Highly recommend you book this tour!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The National Mall is a must-visit for all first-time visitors to DC.

  • Bring comfortable walking shoes; it’s a 1.9-mile (3-kilometer) walk from one side of the National Mall to the other.

  • The National Mall and many of its major monuments and memorials are wheelchair accessible.

  • Don’t forget to bring sun protection and plenty of water.

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How to Get There

The National Mall is well-connected via public transportation. Ride the Orange, Blue, or Silver Metro lines to the Smithsonian stop, or hop from one attraction to the next aboard the DC Circular National Mall route.

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When to Get There

The National Mall itself is open 24 hours a day, though some of the attractions in the area have their own hours. Fall (September to November) and spring (March to May) bring the best weather for enjoying the National Mall’s outdoor spaces.

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Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool

One of the most prominent features of the National Mall is the 2,028-foot (618-meter) glass reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial. The pool was built in the 1920s, and today, it uses water from the Tidal Basin, treated and filtered to up its reflection factor.

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