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- 98%History Buffs
- 74%Local Culture
- 74%Family Travelers
- 72%Art & Design Lovers
- 69%Budget Travelers
- 68%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 58%Adventure Travelers
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- National MallMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4Nov 17, 2012
Great open space for running, strolling and sitting for a picnic. It also links some of the most famous spots in the city so definitely worth a visit. Really helps if it is a sunny spring day and the cherry blossoms are in season.
- National MallMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4Sep 27, 2012
Is there anything better than taking a walk on the mall in the nation's capitol? I love the reflecting pool, the WWII Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial. My favorite thing though is to go and watch a movie on a Monday night in the summer.
- National MallJul 04, 2012
The National Mall is one of the most museum and monument packed places I think I've ever seen. If you have the stamina, you can take in some incredible sights, learn an impressive amount in such a short time and really come to appreciate all that went into putting it all together. Even after living in DC for quite a while I still go to the Mall, either for a walk or just to pop into a museum. It can get really crowded in the summer months, but it is certainly worth a visit.
- National MallJul 04, 2012
I'll keep it brief: You can't/won't go to DC without visiting the Mall. It just isn't physically possible. Any season, any time of day, it is a stunning monument to the people of the United States. The Mall's most underrated experiences? Riding an elevator to the top of the Washington Monument and visiting the WWII Memorial at night (it's all lit up)
- National MallJul 03, 2012
In my 40 odd years, I've been to a lot of cities, all over the States and the world. Been to a lot of places in those myriad cities. Some of those places have really moved me emotionally.
But none can compare to the depth of feelings I go through when visiting the National Mall in Washington D.C. I am insanely jealous of the people who live there and can walk this strip of land any day they like.
There is history here. Perhaps not nearly as old as the history of European or Asian places. But it's American history, and therefore, my history.
Some of the greatest decisions in the world have been made in buildings all around this park, and many of those buildings are easily visible from most spots around here. Famous Washington D.C. locations are just a short couple of streets or perhaps a bridge away, and here there are people who have dedicated their lives to making America a better place. Oh, the cynics may talk of the rampant corruption that has reared its ugly head on any number of occasions. But by and large, the men and women who have walked where I walked, and roamed the halls of buildings no civilian can get into, just a mile or two away... Have struggled with the issues of America and done their best to improve our lives. They have often disagreed with each other, even vehemently, perhaps momentarily forgetting why they are hear. But even in their passion, it is always clear that they are serving their country, in many cases dedicating their lives to this country.
I may never meet most of them.
But when I walk National Mall, and visit the various monuments along this strip of land, I can almost imagine, almost feel the greatness that permeates the very fiber of the ground I walk on. I can feel the greatness that people have strived to achieve here, the struggles they had and their efforts to make life better. The war protests here, the battles for gay rights, for women's rights, the continuous balance reached through the conflict of liberalism and conservatism, and passion for the people.
This is the place that acknowledges openly that no one is perfect, there is no divine appointment, no system is infallible, there will be mistakes, time and again. But in acknowledging the systemic problem of human nature, gives rise to a system that can self correct (and often over-correct), and the source of that self correction can come from any citizen, because this is a nation that strives to give the people a voice of approval or dissension, and seeks enlightenment through thought, through voice, through experience, through idealism and realism, through paper perfection and practical compromise.
Yes, National Mall gets 5 stars in my book. What else can I give the place, of all the places I have ever visited, that can move me so deeply every time I go there.Recommended for: