National Mall & Memorial Parks
Also known as National Capital Parks-Central is an administrative unit of the National Park Service encompassing many of the nation’s iconic public landmarks in the 1,000-plus acres of the National Mall & Memorial Parks, including the Washington, Lincoln, and Jefferson Memorials, and the Korean and Vietnam War Veterans Memorials. The Smithsonian Institution’s 19 museums are also adjacent to The Mal. Each year, millions of people visit the National Mall and Memorial Parks. There is no fee to visit any part of the National Mall and Memorial Parks. Visit if you want to enjoy the sights, exercise outdoors, or expand your mind.
While many of the bits and pieces that comprise National Mall and Memorial Parks have been under federal ownership for hundreds of years, the park was officially established in 1965.
National parks are typically celebrations of nature. The National Mall and Memorial Parks unit of the National Park Service is a celebration of the achievement, and sacrifice, of men and women.
The National Mall serves as the front yard of a nation and has been the setting for history — the stage for a parade of American icons from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Forrest Gump.
The Washington Monument honoring our first president has been a tourist attraction since 1883. The 555-foot 5 1/8-inch tall obelisk offers a view stretching 30 miles.
The Thomas Jefferson Memorial, modeled after the Pantheon of Rome, was dedicated in 1943. The bronze statue of Jefferson, which is 19 feet tall and weighs five tons, replaced a plaster statue installed because of rationing of metal during World War II.
The Lincoln Memorial, dedicated in 1922, is built atop land created when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredged the Potomac River. King made his “I have a dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, dedicated in 1997, spreads over 7.5 acres. There are four outdoor galleries, each representing a different term in Roosevelt’s presidency. There are also memorials honoring those who fought and died defending our nation: the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Parks Near National Mall and Memorial Parks
- The White House and President’s Park
- World War I National Memorial
- Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site
- Wahisngton Monument and many more.
The areas within National Mall & Memorial Parks provides visitors with ample opportunities to commemorate presidential legacies; honor the courage and sacrifice of war veterans; celebrate the United States commitment to freedom and equality.
This historic expanse is the linear area between the Potomac River and Capitol Reflecting Pool. In addition to the memorial core, the park includes Ford’s Theatre, The House where Lincoln died, Potomac Park, Hains Point and Pennsylvania Avenue.