Description - The National Mall's origins are as old as the capital city itself. The open space and parklands envisioned by Pierre L'Enfant's plan, which was commissioned by George Washington, created an ideal stage for national expressions of remembrance, observance and protest.
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- The National Mall resources include the 2,000 American elms that line the Mall and the 3,000 internationally renowned Japanese cherry trees that grace the Tidal Basin. Gardens that are botanical showplaces display thousands of tulips, pansies and annuals in over 170 flower beds, and 35 ornamental pools and fountains range from the simple to the sublime. This impressive mingling of natural and cultural resources has made our Nation's Capital one of the most heavily visited and photographed places in the world.
Recreation - Visitors to the National Mall will find the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington Monument, and The White House.
Bicycles and inline skates are allowed along paved roads and walkways in the park. They are not allowed in the memorial or monument areas such as in the chambers of the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, or along the walls at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Vietnam Veterans and Korean War Veterans Memorials.
Climate - Washington, D.C. experiences four distinct seasons. Winters can be bitterly cold or pleasantly mild while summers can be miserably hot and humid or agreeably warm. The average January temperature is 37 degrees F (3 degrees C). The average July temperature is 78 degrees F (26 degrees C). Spring and fall are pleasant times of the year to visit the area, temperatures are mild with low humidity.
Interstates 66 and 395 provide access to the Mall from the south. Interstate 495, New York Avenue, Rock Creek Parkway, George Washington Memorial Parkway, and the Cabin John Parkway provide access from the north. Interstate 66, U.S. Route 50 and 29 provide access from the west. U.S. Routes 50, 1, and 4 provide access from the east. There is handicapped parking at the memorial, otherwise parking is extremely scarce in Washington, D.C.
There are small parking lots at the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial that provide two hour parking. Parking is available for longer periods along Ohio Drive between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. Bus parking is primarily available along Ohio Drive near the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. A brochure concerning bus parking and loading and unloading areas is available by calling 202-426-6841.
There are several Metro train routes from the suburban areas surrounding the city. The Smithsonian Metro stop comes out on the National Mall.