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Annemarie
New York City

Washington, DC

Getting from Union Station to National Mall?

I'm going on a DC day trip and taking the Acela train. Is there an easy route via public transit to get from Union Station to the National Mall area?


10 Answers

top answer by
Tiffany from Corvallis

Exactly.  You'll see the Capitol Visitors Center from Union Station which sits at one extreme of the National Mall, so it's just a few blocks walk to that end and a nice walk though it. If you'd rather Metro, you'll exit the train portion of Union Station to the Metro side on one end. Take the Metro to the Smithsonian Exit which ends near the  Smithsonian Castle Visitor History and which is closer to the  Washington Monument. The metro option will get you closer to the other memorials like the  National World War II Memorial and the  Lincoln National Memorial.


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  1. Union Station (attraction)
  2. National Mall (attraction)
  3. Washington Monument (attraction)
  4. National World War II Memorial (attraction)
  5. Lincoln National Memorial (attraction)
  6. Capitol Visitors Center (attraction)
  7. Smithsonian Castle Visitor History (attraction)
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answered by
Terry from Sarasota

It is a 1.2 mile walk from Union Station to the National Air and Space Museum on the Washington Mall.  Walking there, you will pass by the United States Capitol, so be sure to walk south on either Louisiana Ave or Delaware Avenue and either of those streets will dead-end on Constitution Avenue - where you will be able to see the National United States Capitol on your left, and the National Mall immediately in front of the Capitol Building.

The Metro in the District is clean, fast and efficient and as has already been pointed out, you could easily ride it to the Smithsonian Exit on the Mall, but then you would miss the nice walk !

Have fun !


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  1. Union Station (attraction)
  2. Washington Mall (attraction)
  3. United States Capitol (attraction)
  4. Louisiana Ave (attraction)
  5. Delaware Avenue (attraction)
  6. Constitution Avenue (attraction)
  7. National Air and Space Museum (attraction)
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answered first by
James from Washington

You can easily walk or take the DC metro to the smithsonian stop via the red line connecting at metro center to the smithsonian station.


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answered by
Larry from Baltimore

You can use the DC Metro line from Union Station.  


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answered by
Liz from Albany (New York)

The easiest way is to take the Red Line (at Union Station) and switch to the Blue Line at Metro Center just one stop over. Once you reach Metro Center, take the Blue Line towards Franconia. You will exit at the Smithsonian stop. There are two exits at the Smithsonian stop-- one that is directly on the National Mall  (which features the Lincoln National MemorialWashington MonumentMuseum of Natural History, and the National Museum of American History). Additionally, this route can take you towards the Fdr Memorial, Washington and MLK Memorial. The other Metro exit leads to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. USHMM is a bit of a walk, but arguably something every adult should see.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Union Station (attraction)
  2. National Mall (attraction)
  3. Lincoln National Memorial (attraction)
  4. Washington Monument (attraction)
  5. Museum of Natural History (attraction)
  6. National Museum of American History (attraction)
  7. Fdr Memorial, Washington (attraction)
  8. MLK Memorial (attraction)
  9. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (attraction)
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answered by
Brian from Baltimore

The DC metro is very easy and the maps you'll find there are some of the easiest of any city. Take the metro directly from  Union Station to Judiciary Square Metro Station and it's a quick five minute walk to the mall from there. 


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answered by
JoVonna from Brandon (Suffolk)

Get on the metro at Union Station and ride it to a stop near the National Mallhttp://www.wmata.com/rail/maps/map.cfm?


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  2. National Mall (attraction)
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answered by
Alisa from Charleston (West Virginia)

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answered by
Michael from New York City

Union Station is basically at the "top" of the National Mall. You could easily walk, depending how far down the mall you want to go. There is also Capital Bikeshare. But no good direct Metro options. A taxi to somewhere mid-mall would cost less than $10.


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  2. National Mall (attraction)
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answered by
Diego from Reston

It is actually walking distance so you could just hike, there are buses too right out


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