Getting Around

Public Transportation

Nearest Metro

The nearest Metro station to the Smithsonian stop on the Mall near 12th Street, SW. Federal Triangle station also provides convenient access to the Washington Monument.


Parking/Public Transit

Parking throughout the District of Columbia is generally restricted (see individual area signs for site specific closures/restrictions) from 12:00 A.M. to 6:00 A.M. to facilitate cleaning and maintenance.

Washington, D.C. is a very busy metropolitan area. Parking is at a premium throughout the entire city.
  • Private paid parking garages/lots can be found downtown north of the National Mall.
  • Free on-street parking is generally restricted to two hours or less (ticketing/towing enforced).
  • Limited free day parking is available along Ohio Drive, SW, which is along the Potomac River south of the Lincoln Memorial or in Lots A, B & C south of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.

It is highly recommended that you make use of the efficient public transit system (Metro rail and Metro bus). Information and schedules for Metro can be found at www.wmata.com.

 

Bicycling Information

Bicycles are welcome in the National Mall and Memorial Parks, and bicycle parking is provided near each of the major memorials and along the National Mall.

Please remember that riding your bicycle is not permitted within the memorials themselves. Please walk your bicycle through the World War II and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorials, or lock it up before entering any of the other memorials. Your assistance in preserving a respectful and safe experience for all visitors is appreciated.

Bicycle rentals are available from:

  • Thompson Boat Center (Located near the intersection of Virginia Avenue, NW, and Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, NW, just a short distance north of the Lincoln Memorial along the Potomac River-Rock Creek Trail)


For detailed information concerning bicycles in the park, consult the Frequently Asked Questions.

Last updated: June 27, 2016

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

900 Ohio Drive SW
Washington , DC 20024

Phone:

(202) 426-6841

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