Getting Around

Public Transportation

Nearest Metro

The nearest Metro station to this site is Smithsonian on the Mall near 12th Street, SW. Federal Triangle station near 12th Street between Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues, NW also provides convenient access to the World War II Memorial.

Parking/Public Transit

Parking throughout the District of Columbia is restricted generally (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 and lots can be found downtown north of the National Mall. Free on street parking is generally restricted to two hours (ticketing/towing enforced). Limited, free day long parking is available along Ohio Drive, SW which is along the Potomac River south of the Lincoln Memorial or in Lots A, B, and 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

DC Circulator

The route will begin at Union Station, travel along Louisiana Avenue and loop around the Mall via Madison Drive, West Basin Drive, Ohio Drive, Constitution Avenue and Jefferson Drive. The Circulator usally arrives at its various stops every 10 minutes. Hours of operation are from 7 am to 7 pm on weekdays and 9 am to 7 pm on weekends. For more information click here.


Bicycling Information

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

Nine Capital Bikeshare stations are located convenient to National Mall destinations and connect with the regional bikeshare system.

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.

Last updated: December 2, 2018

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900 Ohio Drive SW
Washington , DC 20024


(202) 426-6841

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