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Walking Routes Downtown on Inauguration Day

Metro offers several route suggestions to get to the National Mall, the parade route and to the White House on Inauguration Day.

Whether you are attending the inauguration on the National Mall, taking in the parade along Pennsylvania Avenue or cheering the President's return at the White House, you can expect to do a lot of walking on Inauguration Day.

Between metro station closures, parade route street closures and bus route changes, you will be using your own two feet to get you where you want to be once you arrive downtown on Metro.

See also: Guide to Taking the Metro to the 2013 Presidential Inauguration.

To help, Metro has created a list of walking directions from various locations near to the National Mall area:

Arlington Cemetery (1.5 miles to Mall)
Walk 0.7 miles toward the Lincoln Memorial (away from Arlington Cemetery).
Go around the left side of the Lincoln Memorial and walk 0.3 miles to Constitution Ave NW.

Farragut North (1 mile to Mall)
Walk south on Connecticut Ave NW toward K St NW.
Turn right at K St NW.
Turn left at 18th St NW.
Continue to Constitution Ave NW.

Farragut West (0.9 miles to Mall)
Head south on 17th St NW toward Eye/I St NW.
Turn right at Eye/I St NW.
Turn left at 18th St NW.
Continue to Constitution Ave NW.

Foggy Bottom (0.9 miles to Mall)
Turn right onto 23rd St NW and walk south 0.3 miles
Turn left at Virginia Ave NW and walk 0.6 miles to Constitution Ave NW.

L'Enfant Plaza (0.2 miles to Mall)
Walk north on 7th St SW to Independence Ave SW.
McPherson Sq (1.2 miles to Mall)
Walk west on Eye/I St NW toward 15th St NW and continue past the park.
Turn left at 18th St NW.
Continue to Constitution Ave NW.

Metro Center (1.7 miles to Mall)
Head west on F or G St NW.
Turn right at 14th St NW.
Turn left at Eye/I St NW.
Turn left at 18th St NW.
Continue to Constitution Ave NW.

Waterfront (1 mile to Mall)
Walk north on 4th St SW.
Turn left on Eye/I St SW.
Turn right on 7th St SW and walk 0.7 miles north to the Mall.

Additionally, Metro offers a walking map of downtown DC on Inauguration Day, including street and metro station closure information.

Because Pennsylvania Avenue is closed for the parade, you will need to walk to 18th Street NW at the western edge of the parade route or 1st Street NE at the eastern edge of the route to get to the Mall from north of the Pennsylvania Avenue parade route.

To leave the Mall after the inauguration, you can either take one of the metro stations located south of the parade route or you can walk to west to 18th Street NW or east to 1st Street SE/NE and walk north to the nearest metro station.

Not sure which metro station to take to get to your Inauguration Day destination? Use Metro's "What's My Best Route" tool here.

For more inauguration news, guides and information, see Patch's Presidential Inauguration 2013 special section here.

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