National Mall

Located in the city’s heart, America’s most visited national park is a 2-mile-long tree-lined boulevard.

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National Mall: Our most recommended tours and activities

Washington DC: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

1. Washington DC: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Visit iconic and historic landmarks in Washington, DC, and enjoy sweeping views from open-top buses. Take advantage of the freedom to explore and hop on and hop off at any stop on two routes around the city. The Red Loop, the official tour of the National Mall, visits historic sites, monuments, and landmarks including the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, US Capitol, and much more. The Blue Loop transports you across the Potomac to visit the venerable Arlington Cemetery, and then through colonial-style homes and streets (plus plenty of shops and restaurants) of the beautiful Georgetown neighborhood. See the iconic sights of DC including: • The White House • Washington Monument • Lincoln Memorial • US Capitol • Jefferson Memorial • National Cathedral • Arlington Cemetery

Washington DC: Monuments by Moonlight Nighttime Trolley Tour

2. Washington DC: Monuments by Moonlight Nighttime Trolley Tour

See the most popular monuments of the U. S. capital illuminated at night on a guided trolley tour. The route follows streets that have been traveled by presidents and make stops at the Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King Memorial, and the Iwo Jima Memorial. Join a professional tour guide who will entertain and inform you with stories about the Capitol’s colorful past. Hear tales about the curse of the Hope Diamond and the restless spirits who make the city their home. You’ll also hear about the Medal of Honor winner whose leg was amputated. The trolley will stop outside the FDR Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veteran Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and the Iwo Jima Memorial. Admire these landmarks beautifully illuminated under the moonlight.

Washington, DC: African American History Tour

3. Washington, DC: African American History Tour

Go back in time to some of the most iconic moments from the civil rights movement with this fascinating African American history tour of Washington DC. Discover some of history's most captivating moments and allow your guide to paint a picture of the city from the African American perspective. Get picked up at the U.S. Navy Memorial and head to monuments such as the Emancipation Statue, Howard Theatre, and vibrant local black communities. Stand where Martin Luther King stood when he gave his famous "I have a dream" address and feel the weight of the world on your shoulders. After taking a glimpse into the past at the Home of Frederick Douglas, proceed to Howard University - one of the oldest black universities in the United States. On the way to Howard University, you will drive by Lincoln Park to visit the statue of educator, activist, and founder of the National Council of Negro Women - Mary McLeod Bethune. Following your visit to the beautiful Howard University campus, drive through Le Driot Park, Shaw Neighborhood, and Historic “U” Street. Home to the largest urban African American community in the United States in the early 1900’s, it created its own “Black Broadway” - a home to entertainment legends from the past and present.  Next, see the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum to discover how the course of the Civil War was impacted by these disenfranchised soldiers. You will then take a journey into downtown DC to the sites of the national headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women, Freedom Plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue, the White house and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Once downtown, enter the Logan Circle historic district to see the historic Metropolitan AME Church and the Mary McLeod Bethune Council house. Finish the tour at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Enter inside and explore the absorbing artifacts and exhibits at your leisure.

Washington DC: Walking Tour and African American Museum

4. Washington DC: Walking Tour and African American Museum

Meet your guide at the White House and begin your tour of Washington DC. From the outside, learn about the history of the White House and the people who inhabited it. Your local guide will share stories about America’s history and the influence of African Americans in DC. Next, see the Capitol One, one of the most architecturally impressive buildings in the world. Hear about the neoclassical United States Capitol, which is home to the House of Representatives and Senate. Finally, your guide will take you to the Washington Monument. Made of white marble and 550-feet tall, the obelisk is an iconic Washington DC landmark. After the walking tour, use your reserved entry tickets to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Explore the museum on your own at your own pace.

Washington, DC: Old Town Trolley City Tour

5. Washington, DC: Old Town Trolley City Tour

Climb aboard the Old Town Trolley and enjoy a comprehensive tour of Washington. Listen to the colorful anecdotes, humorous stories, and well-researched historical information your guide has to share. Upgrade to include a tram tour of Arlington Cemetery. Sit back while expert tour guides help you discover the beauty and majesty of Washington, D.C. This popular tour covers Washington's major attractions such as the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, the museums of the Smithsonian Institution, and the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial.  The trolley will make one stop along the tour route at the Abraham Lincoln Memorial. While off the trolley, you can visit the Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. You will have 30 minutes to explore the area while your guide and the trolley wait for you. Please see below the list of attractions and memorials that you will see on the tour: • Washington Welcome Center • The White House • National Archives • National Law Enforcement Museum • Union Station • U.S. Capitol • Smithsonian Air & Space Museum • The Wharf • International Spy Museum • Holocaust Memorial Museum • Jefferson Memorial • FDR Memorial • Lincoln Memorial • National Museum of American History • Smithsonian Museum of Natural History • National Gallery of Art • National Portrait Gallery

Washington DC: 2.5-Hour Sightseeing Segway Tour

6. Washington DC: 2.5-Hour Sightseeing Segway Tour

Segway the sites in Washington, D.C. on this guided tour. Experience an overview of all the important places in the nation's capital city, via your own personal Segway. Zip around the sidewalks and streets of downtown Washington, D.C. on this two-wheeled motorized vehicle. After a 30-minute introduction to operating your Segway, strap on your helmets and set off on your adventure. Learn about the sites, history, and stories behind the National Mall, Capitol Hill, and surrounding area as you pass by the White House on a ride down Pennsylvania Avenue. Continue on to see the various memorials, and receive some tips on fun off-the-mall places to check out. Enjoy the fresh air and explore the history and architecture of DC at a leisurely pace.

Washington DC: African American History Museum Family Tour

7. Washington DC: African American History Museum Family Tour

Give your family a fantastic taste of African American History and Culture with a professional tour guide. Learn how before the creation of the National Mall and the nation’s capital, much of the land that is now Washington, D.C. was worked by enslaved Africans, your tour guide will take you then for a private tour at The National Museum of African American History and Culture. Your tour guide will focus on important highlights to keep children engaged and stop them from becoming overwhelmed and losing interest. During the tour, see how the stories, histories, and cultures of African Americans are shaped and informed by global influences. With your family, explore what it means to be an American and discover how American values like resiliency, optimism, and spirituality are reflected in African American history and culture.

Washington DC Monuments by Night Bike Tour

8. Washington DC Monuments by Night Bike Tour

Enjoy America’s capital city at night, when the air is cooler, the monuments are crowd-free, and the illuminated views are magnificent. You’ll bike to the major sights of Washington, D.C. on this 3-hour tour. As dusk sweeps the city and the memorials and monuments are light up magnificently, your guide will take you through the National Mall and around the Tidal Basin near the Washington Monument, the war memorials, the Lincoln Memorial, the FDR Memorial, and the Jefferson Memorial. Along the way you’ll have the opportunity to learn about each of the sights, and also a few minutes to walk through the memorials and experience them on foot. This 4-mile ride is rated as easy, covering mostly flat terrain. All riders are provided with reflective vests and safety lights.

Washington DC: Monuments and Memorials Bike Tour

9. Washington DC: Monuments and Memorials Bike Tour

Bike the Sites® the along the National Mall and along the Potomac Tidal Basin. You will learn about the major presidential and war memorials and have a few minutes to explore each up close on this 3 hour guided bike tour. This bike tour is perfect for families! See the Washington Monument, Vietnam Memorial, World War II Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, and more. This tour also gives you the chance to walk around and explore the memorials in depth. There is a lot to see, but you'll get through it all in this leisurely yet efficient tour. This tour is rated as easy and covers approximately 4 miles of flat terrain.

Washington DC: National Mall Tour by Electric Vehicle

10. Washington DC: National Mall Tour by Electric Vehicle

Glide around the streets of Washington DC on a guided tour by a battery-operated electric cart. See all the major monuments of the United States capital, like Capitol Hill, the White House, and the Lincoln Memorial with an onboard guide. After getting comfortable onboard, head first towards the Smithsonian complex. Admire the size of the largest museum and research complex in the world.  Next, discover three of the most well-known monuments in Washington DC. Admire the monuments to Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington, arguably the three most beloved presidents of the U.S. From here, take a moment to pause and remember those who lost their lives in battle as you visit various war memorials. Pause at the memorials to World War I, World War II, the Korean War Veterans, and Vietnam War Veterans memorial sites.  Get your camera ready for when you pass by one of the most recognizable landmarks in the whole world, the White House, the home of the U.S President. Finally, feast your eyes on Capitol Hill, home to the United States Congress.

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What people are saying about National Mall

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Tour was very scenic and stopped at all major sites. Guide was very fun to listen to and was knowledgeable in all areas, answered any questions we had. DC is gorgeous at night, enjoy the monuments but enjoy the views too!

Excellent, very knowledgeable guide. Fascinating new museum that looks at American History through a different lens.

Dana was amazing!!! Fantastic experience! Very informative.

Our guide did a great job and was super knowledgeable

Nor was fabulous and the places we saw were amazing