on May 29, 2007
The National Mall in Washington D.C. is a wonderful walking tour that you can take without having to pay for a tour service. With nice weather in the spring and fall, it is also a way to get some exercise while on vacation or business. There always seems to be something going on at the Mall. Whether it is simply other walkers and joggers or preparation for a festival or concert, the Mall consistently attracts attention. The views that you will see of many of the major D.C. landmarks are enough of an endorsement though. Although approximately 2.5 miles long from the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial, if you make a morning or afternoon of the walk, you will be amazed with what all you can see in a very short period of time since there are a lot of Monuments and Memorials just off of the Mall's beaten path. Close enough to see from the walking tour is the Lincoln, Korean War, Vietnam and World War II Memorials, the Washington Monument, Ellipse and White House, Smithsonian, National Art Gallery and Air and Space Museum, and the U.S. Capitol.That is definitely too much to take in in one day. I would say the only drawback is that there isn't a Metro station very close to the Mall itself with the closest being the Federal Triangle.
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