Photos of the National Mall in Washington, DC

The National Mall
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The National Mall is the central point of most sightseeing visits to Washington, DC. It is home to the Smithsonian Museums and the National Memorials and is the "must see" destination that attracts visitors from around the world. The Mall has many historic buildings and is a scenic destination. Enjoy the following photos and get a glimpse of the main attractions.

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The Washington Monument

National Mall

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The Washington Monument, a memorial to George Washington, our nation's first president, is the most prominent landmark in Washington, DC and stands as the centerpiece of the National Mall. The monument can be seen from a great distance across the city.

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The U. S. Capitol Building

Boy playing soccer in front of the US Capitol Building

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The U. S. Capitol Building is an impressive structure located at the opposite end of the National Mall from the Washington Monument. The building is Washington, DC's meeting chambers for the Senate and the House of Representatives.

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The Smithsonian Castle

Grounds and entrance to the Smithsonian Institute Castle, Washington DC
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The Smithsonian Castle houses the Smithsonian’s administrative offices and the Smithsonian Information Center. This Victorian style, red sandstone building was built in 1855 and is the oldest building on the National Mall.

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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
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The National Museum of Natural History is part of the Smithsonian Institution and houses a national collection of more than 125 million natural science specimens and cultural artifacts. The museum is one of the most family-friendly and popular attractions in Washington DC.

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National Mall Carousel

Washington, D.C., scenes
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Children love to ride the carousel on the National Mall and marvel over the view of the Washington Monument and the Capitol Building. The carousel is located near the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building and is open year-round, weather permitting.

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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

National Air & Space Museum

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The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world. It is one of the most popular attractions on the National Mall in Washington DC.

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Korean War Memorial

Korean War Veterans Memorial, Washington, DC
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The Korean War Memorial honors those who were killed, captured, wounded or remain missing in action during the Korean War (1950-1953). Nineteen figures represent every ethnic background. The statues are supported by a granite wall with 2,400 faces of land, sea and air support troops.

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Lincoln Memorial at Night

Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC
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The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in 1922 to honor President Abraham Lincoln. The National Memorials are just beautiful at night when they are illuminated. Visiting them at dark is one of the most memorable experiences you may have when visiting Washington DC.