The National Mall is part of the trifecta of iconic D.C. landmarks, right up there with the Capitol and the White House. Most of the city's famous monuments are here and, conveniently, they're grouped together at the western end of the mall. If you're pressed for time, the two that you shouldn't miss are the Lincoln Memorial with the towering marble sculpture of Lincoln and the steps where Martin Luther King stood to deliver his "I have a dream speech", and the National World War II Memorial which pays tribute to the 16 million soldiers who served in the war with a compelling combination of granite pillars, bas-relief sculptures, and central fountain (it's also our favorite memorial for kids who love exploring the structure). Speaking of kids, the historic carousel outside the Arts and Industry Building (900 Jefferson Drive SW) is another must for the under-ten set (bathroom alert—there's clean restrooms in the red Smithsonian building right across the street).
- Open Hours: Monday to Sunday from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Attractions & Landmarks, Parks, Gardens & Cemeteries, Activities
- Nearest Train: Smithsonian