Find the Best National Mall Parking Spot & Free Lots

Last Updated on December 9, 2023 by Usama

National Mall parking

Situated in downtown Washington, DC, the National Mall is home to several attractions, including historical buildings, museums, and memorial parks. Visitors will find plenty of parking areas around the site, including cheap surface lots, free parking spaces, and affordable metered street parking. Discover the most convenient parking areas, updated rates, and tips on public transportation. The National Mall is located between Independence and Constitution Avenues.

Parking at National Mall

Parking areas in National Mall

Most lots in the National Mall area are metered and cost $2 per hour with a 3-hour time limit. The map above from the National Park Service indicates all available parking spaces. Metered parking is enforced daily from 7 AM to 8 PM (except December 25).

Note that parking meters do not accept coins and cash. Payments must be made using credit cards, debit cards, or via the website or Parkmobile app.

Parking Area Additional Information 
Constitution Avenue NW between 15th Street NW and 22nd Street NW Convenient to Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Constitution Gardens, German American Friendship Garden
Independence Avenue SW between 15th Street and Maine Avenue Metered bus-only parking near the Washington Monument
Jefferson Drive SW Convenient to the Smithsonian Castle, Freer Gallery of Art, African Art Museum, Hirshhorn Museum, National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of the American Indian, and the Washington Monument
Madison Drive NW Convenient to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Museum of American History, National Museum of National History, National Gallery of Art (Main & East Building).
Along Ohio Drive SW between 23rd Street SW and Inlet Bridge Convenient to the Jefferson, Franklin, and Lincoln Memorial.
Parkway Drive NW Convenient to the MLK Memorial and Thomas Jefferson Memorial.
West Basin Drive SW Convenient to the MLK Memorial and Roosevelt Memorial. There are ADA metered spaces here.
Lots A, B, and C (Ohio Drive SW, East Potomac Park)

Buckeye Dr SW

Convenient to the Jefferson Memorial and George Mason Memorial

Free Parking Near National Mall

Free parking at National Mall

Around 400 free National Mall parking spaces are available at Hains Point, East Potomac Park (red circle). The lot is nearly two miles from the park so prepare to do a bit of walking.

Accessible Parking

ADA parking is available at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt and World War II Memorials, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln, Jefferson, and Lincoln memorials, and the Tidal Basin.

Alternative Transportation Options

Several WMATA bus lines stop near the park, with stations that are less than a five-minute walk. The Silver, Orange, or Blue Metrorail lines drop by the Smithsonian station, just a six-minute walk from the park. Calculate your fare using the WMATA Trip Planner.

Additionally, D.C. Circulator’s National Mall Route offers easy access around the National Mall and convenient access to uptown attractions.

Find Parking Without the Hassle

If you’re exploring National Mall, check out our guides on Lincoln Memorial parking and Jefferson Memorial parking.

Looking for a flight out of town? Reserve parking using our airport parking guides:

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