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The National Mall

A treasure trove of American history

About Washington DC and the National Mall

The National Mall is far more than just an open park; it is an extensive open-air museum that eloquently narrates the rich and complex tale of American history. With every step you take on these hallowed grounds, you walk through the pages of the nation’s past, with each corner offering a unique chapter in this compelling story. From the solemn steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, to the tranquil Constitution Gardens Pond, every aspect of the National Mall is a testament to the profound historical legacy of the United States. As you stroll through this remarkable space, you have the opportunity to retrace the steps of giants, immersing yourself in the American narrative in a way that is both enlightening and deeply moving.

The National Mall, located in the heart of Washington, D.C., is a sprawling expanse of greenery and grandeur that extends from the United States Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial. Its layout and design are not arbitrary; they are carefully orchestrated to convey the story of the nation. The monuments, memorials, and historical landmarks that dot the Mall are not just physical structures; they are living embodiments of American ideals, achievements, and struggles.

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The White House

The White House is the official residence and workplace of the president of the United States. It is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C., and has been the residence of every U.S. president since John Adams in 1800 when the national capital was moved from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C.

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The Reflecting Pool

Ā This remarkable aquatic feature is much more than just a body of water; it serves as a serene and majestic mirror that elegantly reflects two of the most emblematic structures in the nationā€™s capital: the towering Washington Monument and the regal Lincoln Memorial.Ā 

Washington Monument

The Washington Monument honors the first President of the United States and stands as the tallest structure in Washington, D.C. Shaped like an Egyptian obelisk, it is 555ā€™ 5/8ā€ high and made of marble, granite, and bluestone gneiss, it took 36 years to complete.

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Martin Luther King Jr Memorial

TheĀ Martin Luther King, Jr. MemorialĀ is aĀ national memorialĀ located inĀ West Potomac ParkĀ next to theĀ National MallĀ inĀ Washington, D.C., United States. It covers four acres (1.6Ā ha) and includes theĀ Stone of Hope, a granite statue ofĀ Civil Rights MovementĀ leaderĀ Martin Luther King Jr.Ā carved by sculptorĀ Lei Yixin.

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The National Mall

The National Mall is Americaā€™s most visited national park, where the past, present and future come together. The monuments and memorials in this park honor American forefathers and heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to this country. Explore the swath of land nicknamed ā€œAmericaā€™s front yard.ā€

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The Ford's Theatre

In April 14, 1865, Lincoln and his wife decided to visit the theatre to see the comedy Our American Cousin. John Wilkes Booth, a Confederate sympathizer, snuck into the Presidentā€™s Box and shot Lincoln with a single-shot Deringer pistol. Lincoln died at a boarding house located just across the street from the theatre. 

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Lincoln Memorial

The grand Lincoln Memorial towers over the Reflecting Pool, anchoring the western end of theĀ National Mall. The best way to approach the memorial is from the east, by theĀ Washington MonumentĀ and theĀ National World War II Memorial.Ā This will put you at the edge of the Reflecting Pool, and honoring structures of leaders.

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Vietnam Memorial

It’s the most-visited memorial on the National Mall in Washington, attracting more than 5 million people each year ā€“ the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The most prominent feature of the memorial is a massive wall that lists the names of the more than 58,000 servicemen and women who lost their lives during the Vietnam War.

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Tidal Basin

The Tidal Basin is an engineered waterway that fills with high tide, then empties at low tide, refreshing the Washington Channel.Ā  Popular destinations around the Tidal Basin include the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Franklin Memorial, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.

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Korean War Veterans Memorial

This is a national memorial in Washington, DC, that honors Korean War Veterans who fought against North Koreaā€™s invasion of South Korea in 1950. The Memorial honors Korean War Veterans by educating about their sacrifices and contributions in defending South Korea.

US Capitol Building

TheĀ United States Capitol, often calledĀ The CapitolĀ or theĀ Capitol Building, is theĀ seatĀ of theĀ United States Congress, theĀ legislative branchĀ of theĀ federal government. It is located onĀ Capitol HillĀ at the eastern end of theĀ National MallĀ inĀ Washington, D.C.

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World War II Veterans Memorial

The World War II Memorial is located in the center of Goldstein Circle in front of McCain Auditorium and honors the sacrifice and service of the fallen during World War II. The memorial consists of a large pair of dog tags, which is surrounded by three bronze plaques that represent the military services by air, by land and by seas.

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