Friday, February 11, 2011

Winter on the National Mall

Although often mistaken by tourists for a national shopping mall, the National Mall is actually home to our nation's historic monuments, such as the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Spanning from the U.S Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial and bordered by Independence and Constitution avenues, this open-area national park covers more than 300 acres.

But, the National Mall contains more than just national monuments. Along its 1.9 mile length are many of the Smithsonian museums and art galleries, as well as scenic gardens, ponds, paths and trees. The area is so large that at times, like in today's image, the iconic symbols of the area are not visible. At times when strolling through parts of the National Mall, you might forget that you are in the nation's capital. Until you turn a corner or arrive at a clearing, all of the National Mall's majesty will be at your feet and there is no mistaking where you are. However, the National Mall is in dire need of repairs. Visit the Trust for the National Mall to find out more information about how you can help restore this historic park and preserve its beauty for future generations.

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