Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Washington DC

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Dedicated both to the memory of FDR and the era he represents, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial spans over 3 hectares (7 acres) and features a famous bronze statue of the 32nd U.S. president and his beloved dog, Fala. The memorial's four outdoor spaces trace the 12 years Roosevelt spent in office with scenes of listeners tuning in to his fireside chats and unemployed workers standing in a long bread line. The memorial also includes a bronze statue of Eleanor Roosevelt, which is the only presidential memorial depicting a first lady. In consideration of Roosevelt's disability, the memorial's designers created a site easily accessible to those suffering from physical impairments. Take an interpretative tour of the memorial, available all day. Using our world travel planner, Washington DC attractions like Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This memorial is spacious, but it is so because it gives an impression of who F.D.R. was as a regular human who had to make difficult decisions, not knowing what tomorrow will bring.  more »
  • This was part of a night tour I went on. Really beautiful, well laid-out monument. The quote walls are particularly relevant in today's political climate and harken back to the days when Presidents we...  more »
  • Nice site in a beautiful setting. Beautiful view where it is possible to stroll all by looking at the works.
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  • I hadn't expected to be so moved by the FDR Memorial, but I was. The quotes were the most astounding. Clearly, they've been selected for their timelessness. Many of the tenets that FDR spoke of apply to today as well as they did in history. The waterfalls, fountains and statues are exceptionally beautiful. This tribute was incredibly patriotic, effective and impactful.
  • This is a good memorial to an important President. It is spacious, and each area concentrates on a different topic of his presidency. His wife has a special area as well. This is especially nice for children, as the park has room to walk and run, and the statues and waterfalls can be touched. This is a beautiful space, and although it's hard to find parking, it's worth the effort.
  • A gorgeous and quiet tribute to one of my favorite presidents. The whole site is a walking path that goes through the years of his presidency, filled with quotes by him but statues of the People. This memorial isn't as well publicized as others like the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials are, but it's so much humbling and befitting a man like FDR. Definitely my favourite to walk through.
  • Okay, so we didn't actually realize we were going to walk through the memorial area when we started our trek from the Jefferson Memorial to the White House. I'm really glad we did, though. The memorial was very pretty and I loved the quotes and the cherry trees everywhere! Such a peaceful area.
  • A well planned out, fitting memorial to FDR. Be sure to get a guided tour, or in the least grab a pamphlet as there is a lot of symbolism tgat is otherwise easily overlooked. The quotes really ring true- be sure to read them!

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