The Mall

The Mall Travel Guide

The museum takes the art outside, creating a fanciful playground of oversize sculptures including an XXL spider by Louise Bourgeois and a cartoonishly large typewriter eraser by Claus Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.

Follow the ranger on a National Park tour that goes beyond the surface of the monuments and memorials.

Peek behind the doors of White House for an enticing glimpse at the executive lifestyle.

Established in 1932, the two-acre park is named after French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, whose classical fountain (which predates his iconic Statue of Liberty) rises among the mini-landscapes of flowers, plants and secluded benches.

The historic golf course, part of the National Park system, comprises three courses: red (nine holes), white (nine) and blue (18). Or play a round on the oldest continually operating mini-golf course in the country, built in 1930. Greens fees start at a reasonable $10 for 9 holes.

Pieces of paper, no matter how famous, aren’t quite as fun to look at as other sights in the neighborhood. Still, seeing the original Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Magna Carta all under one roof (in the main rotunda) is impressive.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art is dedicated to displaying, preserving, and educating the public about African art.

The author of the Declaration of Independence is celebrated here with a gleaming Neoclassical temple inspired by the Roman Pantheon (one of Jefferson's favorite pieces of architecture).

Housed alongside the National Portrait Gallery in the Old Patent Office Building, an impressive Greek Revival structure built in 1868, the Smithsonian American Art Museum was the first federal art collection established in the United States.

Located on the National Mall between the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated to the American men and women who served in the Vietnam War.

Located on the National Mall and connected by an underground exhibit, the Freer and Sackler Galleries form the Smithsonian's museums of Asian art. The Sackler Gallery houses more than 1,000 works donated by Arthur M.

When Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps here in 1963 and said, "I have a dream," he spoke with Lincoln's antislavery legacy quite literally behind him.

The mesmerizing and thoroughly wrenching exhibits here are required visits for any American wanting a better understanding of the Holocaust.

Established in 1862, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP), a block-shaped structure of steel made with fireproof concrete, limestone, and granite, has housed the printing presses that create the circulating currency of the United States.

Five hundred and fifty-five feet of monolithic tribute, the monument to our first president stands in the center of the Mall like a watchtower over the city.