National Park Service


National Capital Region

The National Capital Region (NCR), headquartered in Washington, DC, contains several of the area’s important natural and cultural resources that tell the story of our nation’s rich and diverse history. Home to the oldest federal parkland in the nation, NCR administers President’s Park, National Mall and Memorial Parks, and Capitol Hill Parks. Dozens of sites interpret this nation’s colonial past and enrich our understanding of the War of 1812, Civil War, and path to Civil Rights. Abundant natural environments allow visitors to experience the great variety of wildlife found within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

National Mall and Memorial Parks

National Mall and Memorial Parks (NAMA) encompasses numerous monuments, memorials, historic sites, and natural resources spread throughout much of L’Enfant’s 1791 federal city plan. From the majestic, westward-sweeping Mall and the impressive West and East Potomac Parks memorial core to Old Post Office Tower, Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site, Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site, and Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, the entire American pageant of history stands open for exploration. National Mall and Memorial Parks also provides visitors with ample opportunities for recreation, including public golf courses, swimming pools, tennis courts, softball fields, volleyball courts, and soccer fields. The National Mall is where we celebrate, commemorate and honor the nation’s commitment to the ongoing struggle to preserve liberty and freedom.