Beyond the Mall and memorials…
Originally Appeared on Condé Nast Traveler
Tell me: What’s this place all about?
No first-time visit to D.C. would be complete without a stroll along the National Mall. Each year, millions of people come to see the monuments and memorials that stud its more than 1,000 acres, which is flanked at one end by the U.S. Capitol Building and at the other end by the Lincoln Memorial, where Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his famous “I Have a Dream" speech in 1963 (his own memorial is half a mile away). At the center of the park, dubbed “America’s Front Yard," the Washington Monument honors the first U.S. president and the founding of American democracy. Other monuments include the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Thomas Jefferson memorial, which is particularly lovely during cherry-blossom season in spring. Everyone can freely enter the National Mall, so plan to spend a lot of time here and come as many times as you'd like.
What’s it like being there?
Though the National Mall stars in myriad movies and TV shows, it's far more awe-inspiring in real life. From the solemnity at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to the stirring energy at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial, you’ll find that each monument or memorial has its own atmosphere. In other words: Prepare to feel all the feels.
Is there a guide involved?
Park rangers regularly deliver short talks at all the major monuments and memorials—posted signs indicate when the next one begins—and offer in-depth walking, biking, and sight-running tours of the entire park. Your mileage may vary depending on the ranger, but all talks and tours are free.
Who comes here?
People flock to the National Mall from all over the world, whether they’re in town for a school trip, family vacation, or business engagement. Crowds here tend to move quickly in and out of each site, and you'll see plenty of locals making good on the "America's Front Yard" moniker by playing soccer in the grass and participating in various other activities—including political protests.
Did it meet expectations?
The National Mall is a reflection of America’s legacy and values. You’ll leave with a better—and, quite possibly, changed—understanding of the nation's history and identity.
So, then, what, or who, do you think it’s best for?
Everyone should visit the National Mall at least once. Though it’s a bit of a commitment, try to spend a day exploring the park; mornings and evenings are more relaxed and less crowded—and quite beautiful.
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