National Mall Tour

This post provides details for our National Mall walking tours, including where and when they start, sites that we visit or see, and other related content.

 

 

This highly engaging National Mall tour will take you through the heart of the Mall, entertaining you and your family with stories, hidden secrets, and historical information.  

Testaments to the history and founders of the USA, these sites are more than just stone and mortar.

 

National Mall Tour, DC by Foot

 

The memorials tell about the lives of men and women from America’s past and present and our guides will share with you stories – from founding father George Washington to Rosie the Riveter during WWII.

Join Free by Foot as we tell the story of America’s journey from a collection of colonial New World outposts to world power. 

Our guides will share with you the history, symbolism, and a few hidden stories of these must-see sites.


SITES WE COVER ON THE NATIONAL MALL TOUR:

*Sights we cover from a distance as they are not on the National Mall.


TOUR INFORMATION

Reservations: Reservations are required to ensure your spot on the tour. Click here to reserve

Where: Meet your guide on the southwest corner of 15th St. and Constitution Ave. NW (the corner closest to the Washington Monument). Look for your guide with the DC by Foot logo!

Use our Google Maps link for directions to the tour starting point. Tour ends at the Lincoln Memorial (map).

 

National Mall Tour Meeting Point

 

Duration: Tour lasts approx. 2 hours. Total walking is just over one mile (1.6 km).

When: View our Calendar

  • Peak Season: From March through October, this tour runs almost daily with multiple start times from 830am to 830pm.
  • Off Season: From November through February, this tour runs every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday with additional dates added during holidays.
  • You can take the tour at any time with our self-guided GPS-enabled option.

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done.

A pay-what-you-like tour is a tour for any budget.

Save even more money in Washington, DC with a discount tourist pass.

 


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GPS AUDIO TOUR OF THE NATIONAL MALL

If you can’t take our guided walks when they are offered, or you prefer to go it alone, then consider our GPS-led audio tour of the National Mall.

You can take this self-guided tour any time, day or night

Here is a sample of the tour.

Here is how it works:

  1. Download our free app on (iTunes) or (Android).
  2. Download any audio tour(s).
  3. Enjoy the tour(s).

In addition to the audio version of the National Mall Tour, we also have the following audio tours.

  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • Historic Georgetown
  • Embassy Row
  • Old Town Alexandria

You could also visit our main DC audio tours page for more samples and information. 
 


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NATIONAL MALL SCAVENGER HUNT

We think our tours are great for all ages and our guides are engaging for even the youngest visitors, but if you want a tour geared specifically to your kids, we’ve created a highlight tour with scavenger hunts at each memorial.

This shorter tour with less walking is perfect for short legs and shorter attention spans.

This tour is recommended for 10 years old and under.

This educational and entertaining tour visits the big four memorials on the National Mall:

  • WWII Memorial
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • Korean Veterans Memorial
  • Lincoln Memorial

And at each stop there will be a special activity for the kids to do or find on an activity sheet they get to take home! You’ll learn a lot along the way, too.

Tour information

Reservations: Reservations are required to ensure your spot on the tour. Click here to reserve

Where: We meet at southeast corner of 17th and Constitution Ave NW (map), its the only corner that doesn’t have a building on it! Look for your guide with the DC by Foot logo!

Tour ends at the Lincoln Memorial (map).

NOTE THIS IS NOT THE SAME MEETING SPOT AS OUR REGULAR 2 HOUR TOUR

Purchase a guaranteed parking spot in advance near the tour’s starting point with SpotHero

Duration: Tour lasts approx. 80 min. Total walking is just under one mile (1.4 km).

When: View our Calendar This tour does not run November-March except select holiday weekends.

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done.

A pay-what-you-like tour is a tour for any budget.

Save even more money in Washington, DC with a discount tourist pass. And be sure to read our post on things to do with kids in DC.

 


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