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National Mall

Listed under Squares, Streets & Urban Spaces in Washington D.C., United States.

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'Mall' has come to mean big shopping centre in the US, but this Mall takes the word back to its original use as a way or road. In this case it's not paved, though, it's a park of grass and rows of carefully spaced American Elms that spreads between the Lincoln Memorial and the United States Capitol – 3kms, with the Washington Monument providing a division slightly west of the center.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Reflecting Pool that leads up to it is within the Mall's area, as is the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the District of Columbia War Memorial, the National Museum of American History, the National Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian Institute Building.

Written by  Andrew Armour.

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A must see!

At the center of most trips to Washington D.C. is the National Mall. Whether gazing across the expanse from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial from where Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his infamous, “I Have a Dream” speech or exploring the winding paths that lead to smaller, more intimate monuments, the National Mall is a destination that is sure to touch the hearts of visitors from all walks of life.

For a new take on a perennial favorite, try exploring the monuments at twilight for a breathtaking perspective, as the statues glow with soft, yellow light and less foot traffic allows for a more relaxed experience.

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Thanks, that sounds like a great way to see the mall. Last time I saw it it was covered in snow - which was also very beautiful and peaceful.

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