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Washington DC Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley and Monuments by Moonlight Tour
"Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley TourBoard your trolley at any of its 20 stops throughout Washington DC and use your included guidebook to help plan your day. Travel three different routes and listen to onboard commentary on the sights you pass hopping on and off as often as you like. Since the trolleys run every half hour from morning to evening they're a convenient way to get around the city and cover all the must-do sights! This is DC's only trolley with GPS Tracking! You can find the your next trolley arrival nearby trolley stops and there is even a call-in feature. No phone app is required! Maximize your time on the trolleys with the use of this tool.There are three different trolley routes (see Itinerary for a complete list of stops):National Mall and Downtown ( as well as the Lincoln Memorial Washington Monument
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Washington DC Private City Tour
"It's a very fast-paced city tour around Washington DC for 4 hours with your own private driver guide who will give you all the basic information about the monuments and areas you will see on this tour. Get even more personalized by selecting a multi-ling Supreme Court Library of Congress Ullyses Grant MemorialUnion Station Pennsylvania Avenue The White House
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Half Day Customized Private Tour of DC by Limo or Mercedes Sprinter
"Pick up available inside DC Beltway (including hotels and private residences) Alexandria Arlington Fairfax Bethesda and Chevy Chase.Customize your tour from our list of popular DC sites and landmarks including: US Capital Library of Congress
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The National Mall Tips (32)

What is the National Mall?

Favorite thing The very popular in the USA word "mall" usually goes with "shopping". The mall alone means large space, broad street for pedestrians in an US town. The National Mall is an open-area public park in downtown Washington, D.C. which formally stretches from the grounds of the Washington Monument to the United States Capitol directly to the east. However in spoken language the National Mall also includes area west of the Washington Monument up to the Lincoln Memorial by the Potomac River together with multiple Smithsonian Institution museums and various national monuments and memorials along.

The number of tourist attractions in and around the Mall highly exceeded my expectations and encouraged me to stay longer in DC than I planned in the beginning. That's why I almost skipped Georgia :-( and South Carolina :-( in the end of my Southern Oddysey. Forgive me, Chris (balfor).

The public park didn't look American, never. First of all, to my suprise people kept away off grass and crossed the mall walking on asphalted sidewalks. Maybe they were Europeans, or what? You know, in Europe grass is to amaze and look at while in the USA it's to walk/sit/play on. Is DC Mall European? For sure in this small thing and in all those copied ancient Greek/Roman architecture around the Mall.

Futher on, the meadow with yellow, poor grass (unusual in US parks) was scorched by the sun or it might be damaged before by marching crowds as I was told that the Mall was an attractive site for protests and rallies of all types. Next European custom? As I noticed Americans tends to change "the world" rather changing law than by frightening politicians with large protests and rallies. Their strong local comminities always support something or protest against something trying to influence those in power by numerous votings pro/against as I could easily see in front of many Wal-Mart supermarkets for example.

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Dec 08, 2005

Reflecting Pool

Favorite thing This reflecting pool is 2,000 feet long and the reflections of the Lincoln Memorial on one end and the Washington Memorial on the other are both reflected here.

There are also lots of families of ducks :-)

Here in the year 2,000 building work started on a WWll memorial. This was still being carried out when we visited in July 2002 and also when my husband went in June 2002.

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Jul 27, 2003

The Washington Plan

Favorite thing Washington as a town is laid out fairly simply, but interstate access is often a little daunting. However most of the important landmarks are situated within an easy walk of or actually on the National Mall, 133 acres of flat ground with reflecting pools commanding much of its space. Arlington National Cemetery, no less considerable than anything in the US capital, is situated directly across the Potomac River due west from the Lincoln Memorial. You can easily reach most of the places of interest by subway.

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Jan 03, 2003

A fiesta in the National Mall

Favorite thing There were clearly preparations for some fiesta in the National Mall, right in front of the Smithsonian Castle. I was sorry we were not staying for the weekend, it could have been fun!
I was glad to have a chance to see how the big green area in the Mall could be used for festivals and outdoor events. I hope there will be some event going on when I visit the city again some day :-)

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Feb 01, 2005
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Make sure you don't get swept...

Favorite thing Make sure you don't get swept away all at once by the museums, memorials and monuments. It can be overwhelming at first sight, but they all have their own story to tell.

If you don't have to worry about your budget or can afford to splurge for a night, you might want to try and stay at the Hay Adams Hotel, which from the roof has a beautiful view of the White House, Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial.

Fondest memory Strolling through the National Mall and going up the Washington Monument just before it was to be restored in 1998.

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Nov 03, 2002

Downtown Washington is very...

Favorite thing Downtown Washington is very pleasant, especially the Mall, a long wide avenue where dozens of interesting buildings are. Of special interest for me was the National Geographic Museum, the Obelisk, the Museum of Natural History, the CIA headquarters, the Air & Space Museum...
Of course Capitol Hill and the White House should be seen.
Outside downtown, I heard about very unsafe I ran away from there.
To find 'affordable' accomodation I recommend the cities of Alexandria and Arlington (Virginia), across the Potomac river. Of course you'll need to have a car or take public transportation from there, but it's worth to do it.

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Sep 12, 2002

Anything on the mall - walking...

Favorite thing Anything on the mall - walking around and seeing the monuments and memorials, stopping in the various Smithsonians, absorbing so much tradition and history in this bustling's just incredible.

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Aug 26, 2002

If you go to DC for only a few...

Favorite thing If you go to DC for only a few days then just hang around the US Capitol Mall and visit the monuments, Smithsonian museums and federal buildings.

Fondest memory My favorite monument is the Lincoln Memorial because it is a very romantic place to take a date at night ;-)

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Aug 25, 2002

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The Mall deserves a walk...

Favorite thing The Mall deserves a walk along it. you can see the Washington monument at the end. the white marble shaft rises 555 feet and stands on the Mall, between the Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol.

See all general tips for all monuments sited in the Mall, in both lanaguages!

Fondest memory El mall se merece un paseo. Al fondo se puede ver el monumento a Washingotn, la columnoa de marmol blanco que alcanza los 555 pies y situada en medio del maal entre el capitolio a un extremo y al otro el memorial a Lincoln.

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Sep 04, 2002

Attend a National gathering...

Favorite thing Attend a National gathering in support of , or protesting for your favorite cause.

Fondest memory Million Man March; Who can forget that exciting day, October 16th 1995,
when a million Black Men descended upon our nations capital.

Aug 25, 2002

Go to the mall. It is the...

Favorite thing Go to the mall. It is the obvious place for tourists to meet. It is an overwhelming place because of the grandeur and majesty of the buildings, but there are also cool corners like the contemporary sculpture Garden in front of the National Archives building.

Fondest memory The severe classical lines of the buildings on the Mall give to this place a great feeling of solemnity.

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Aug 26, 2002

Get an aerial view of the...

Favorite thing Get an aerial view of the city. One option is going to the top of the Washington Monument. An alternative is the tower at the Old Post Office. If you don't have kids in tow, take the elevator to the top of the Hotel Washington, near the White House. The view from the Bar Terrace is wonderful, and a beer or cocktail there is a fitting end to a day of sightseeing.

Fondest memory The Jefferson Memorial is the best thing on the mall. While other monuments are about wars and men it is about the ideas that gave birth to our nation.

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Sep 07, 2002

Things to Do Near Washington D.C.

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We finished our day in Georgetown by visiting two very different historic cemeteries located quite close to one another. The first, Oak Hill Cemetery, was founded in 1848 on a 15-acre plot of land...
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Watergate Complex

The Watergate Complex will forever be linked with the scandal that led to Richard Nixon's resignation in 1974. The complex itself is made up of five buildings, i.e. one office building, three...
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Dumbarton Oaks

This fabulous estate dates back to the 19th century and it belonged to Robert and Mildred Bliss. Robert Bliss was an American diplomat who had graduated from Harvard University and, while they were...
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Kennedy Performing Arts Center

Be sure to go on the Kennedy Center webpage and be on the lookout for free things to do here. Just today the 20th of March I attended a free Concert by Punjabi MC an Indian DJ who combine hip hop with...
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Islamic Mosque & Cultural Center

This great Mosque was founded in 1947 during President Truman's term in office, and it is the very first Mosque to be built in the nation's capital. It came about after the sudden death of a Tursking...
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Woodrow Wilson House

After he left office in 1921, President Thomas Woodrow Wilson retired to a beautiful house near what was to become Embassy Row. He lived there for 3 years until he passed way peacefully in February...
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