Parking throughout the District of Columbia is restricted generally (see individual area signs for site specific closures/restrictions) from 12 am to 6 am to facilitate cleaning and maintenance.
Washington, D.C. is a very busy metropolitan area. Parking is at a premium throughout the entire city. 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. 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 & C south the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.
Hours and Seasons
National Mall and Memorial Parks is open 24 hours a day. The early evening and morning hours are beautiful and tranquil times to visit.
Please visit the Operating Hours and Seasons for more information on staffing, facility, and museum hours.
Things To Do
Visit our Things to Do page to discover a wide of array of activities from paddle boats and bike tours to nighttime walks with a park ranger.
Last updated: March 25, 2021