Packing up your gear and starting out on an RV trip to Washington D.C. is the perfect vacation idea. This city is the seat of our government, and offers sights that commemorate history, art and momentous occasions. It’s worth the time and effort to get to the National Mall and see everything in this historic spot.
The mall stretches from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol Building and from the White House to the Jefferson Memorial. On all sides you will find museums, memorials and other attractions, all of which should be on your itinerary. Start with the Washington Monument facing the Capitol and head down the right side of the mall.
First stop, the Freer Gallery of Art and the Sackler Gallery of Asian Art. Amazing artists have works hung here, including James A. McNeill Whistler. One of the most fascinating places to stop is the Smithsonian or “Castle” Building which was the earliest building placed on the Mall. Then stop at the National Museum of African Art to take in artworks that will take your breath away in their beauty.
As you move along the mall edge, you will come to the Joseph Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, a lovely oasis for seeing one of the most comprehensive collections of sculptures and paintings in the United States. Of course, to pass up the National Air and Space Museum would be unthinkable. You simply must check out the Kitty Hawk plane of the Wright Brothers and the Apollo II space capsule.
Towards the end of the Mall, right near the Capitol, you will get to experience the National Museum of the American Indian, a museum dedicated only to Native Americans. As you curve around the come down the other side of the Mall, you will come to the National Gallery of Art, with a gorgeous sculpture garden to the west of the building. Again, unthinkable to pass up the opportunity to see this famous museum while you are here.
A wide variety of exhibits appear at the National Museum of American History, a little further on. There’s an IMAX theater here where you can take a load off your feet for a short while. Don’t miss the exhibit that features the Hope Diamond. Before you leave the Mall, stop at the Botanic Garden on the Mall.
Now back at the Washington Monument, you will now head in the opposite direction, going counter clockwise to visit the other memorials which you can’t neglect. You still must circle to see Constitution Gardens, the Vietnam War Memorial and of course, the famous Lincoln Memorial.
Remember our heroes at the Korean War Memorial and the man who changed the world at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. After you pay your respects at the FDR Memorial and walk in the archway of the Jefferson Memorial, you will realize your National Mall tour is coming to an end. However, you can walk around again picking up on the various sights you missed the first time. There’s so much to see and do at the National Mall, it defies the imagination.