Happy 229th anniversary to our National Mall. The National Mall is centrally located in Washington, DC.
The National Mall is America’s most visited national park and nicknamed “America’s front yard”.
The Mall area preserves the Washington Monument, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, D.C. War Memorial, World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, George Mason Memorial, Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House, the National Mall, East and West Potomac Parks, Constitution Gardens, 60 statues, and numerous other historic sites, memorials, and parklands.
I remember seeing the National Mall for the first time. I had traveled to DC for an internship after graduating college. In my free time, I walked over to check out a few sights and knew this area would be an ideal place to see some iconic memorials.
I grew up seeing the skyscrapers in Chicago. I’ve seen tall or big buildings. I’ve seen open areas and parks.
Yet, this place wowed me. I paused in my steps there. The beauty, the history, the size, the importance of it all truly awed me.
I love going back to this part of our national park system. It brings together our country in unique ways. It still awes and wows me!
According to the National Park Service, “The open spaces and parklands envisioned by Pierre L’Enfant’s plan, which was commissioned by President George Washington, created an ideal stage for national expressions of remembrance, observance, celebration, and expression of First Amendment rights.”
If you’re traveling to the DC area, definitely make some time and check out the National Mall area.