In the late 1700s, a mall was a tree-lined green space where people could walk and socialize.

So when a large public park was included in Pierre L'Enfant's original design for the district

it was referred to by the common name of the time.

The National Mall is America's most visited national park, where past, present and future converge.

Monuments and memorials in this park honor American ancestors and heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to this country.

Explore the swath of land nicknamed "America's Front Yard."

this is the  place to learn about, remember and celebrate the country's cultural heritage

a place to exercise First Amendment rights and gather for presidential inaugurations

And a park where people walk, run and play

It serves several roles  a home to many of our most important monuments and museums