One of my favorite things to do when visiting new cities is run through them. It's a great way to explore the city you're visiting. The National Mall did not disappoint. In the interest of full disclosure, I did run the Mall once before, during the 2008 Marine Corps Marathon. For obvious reasons I did not take the time to appreciate all of the sites around me. This past Sunday, I brought my camera and played tourist. There were tons of other runners out, many of whom probably incorporate the Mall into their regular runs just as many New Yorkers run in Central Park or on its bridges.
Without further adieu, here is my run in pictures:
The run started at Smithsonian Metro station facing the Washington Monument:
Back on the Mall, I stopped at the Federal Reserve
Then it was time to tackle Capitol Hill