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Weekend Parking near National Mall

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Weekend Parking near National Mall

We will be in the DC area the weekend of Nov. 14-15 and would like to spend some time visiting the museums one day and memorials the other. If we were to arrive early, like 9:00 am, is it possible to usually find parking for free on the street or in a lot that is not too expensive?

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1. Re: Weekend Parking near National Mall

I often have luck with street parking on the south side of the Mall, south of Independence Ave. There are a lot of govt. buildings there, and the area is fairly quiet on weekends.

Also, I have parked in the garage at Union Station. It isn't as expensive as other garages.

Be prepared to do some walking.

Arlington, Virginia
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2. Re: Weekend Parking near National Mall

You should not have any trouble finding parking on the mall at that time of morning. Most of the museums don't open until 10 am so it's not crowded then.

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3. Re: Weekend Parking near National Mall

An hour before the museums open, you probably won't have problems parking ON the mall, i.e. on Madison and Jefferson drives that line the Mall side of the museums, or in the metered spaces (fees and time limits waived on weekends) on 4th, 7th or 14th streets that cut across.

The Madison/Jefferson spots are unmetered, but have time limits 7 days a week--some are one hour, some are three hours. Read the signs carefully; you may be best off headed for a metered spot.

Google Maps is a great tool to scout out the best places before you go--with street view, you can read the actual signs before you go. At 9 a.m., most of the parked cars won't be there and rock star parking in places like this is easily attainable.


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