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Jefferson Memorial, Washington DC

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A neoclassical building designed by architect John Russell Pope, Jefferson Memorial features a 6 m (19 ft) bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson and well-known excerpts from his writings. Designed with Jefferson's private library in mind and completed in 1943, the memorial contains circular marble steps, a colonnade of Ionic columns, a shallow dome, and a portico. In addition to the famous bronze likeness of Jefferson, the memorial also contains a sculptural group depicting the founding father with other historical figures, including Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman. The memorial is especially photogenic when the surrounding cherry trees blossom in a profusion of gentle pink. Our Washington DC trip itinerary maker makes visiting Jefferson Memorial and other Washington DC attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • You must see this memorial. I was so moved by all the writings on the walls. The grounds are beautiful. Great views of the Potomac river. TIP: You can park on Maine Ave. (free parking) so it is not to...  more »
  • Another popular monument that is a little farther than some of the rest so it is usually less crowded but still worth a visit. You get amazing views of the Potomac from here and the monument is a nice...  more »
  • This is definitely a must see and not as crowded as the other memorials. I really like the writings on wall and offers other great views of DC. We were on the trolley so not sure about parking but did...  more »
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  • Well maintained memorial for an early president. My issues with Jefferson aside, his essence was struggling for equality, albeit only for White Americans. Today we have managed to make strides towards true equality for everyone. Jefferson's words as displayed, finally hold true. Docked a star for failure of Parks services to ensure appropriate conduct of visitors.
  • This monument is absolutely beautiful inside, outside, and in the entire surrounding areas. A perfect place to rest or hang out. It is out of the way from the other mall monuments so if you are walking and trying to look at a bunch of stuff on vacation in a short time, this one might be hard to fit in. But, if you have the time or are riding bikes I recommend fitting it in. The ultimate trip is a kayak trip through the waterfront between the monuments and get the best views avoiding the crowds.
  • This is my favorite memorial. Simple yet profound. His words resonate "These liberties are a gift from God". The view of the basin is simply breathtaking.
  • This was a favorite stop on our visit last weekend. It was less crowded than the Lincoln Memorial - probably because of its location. The walk over gave us a gorgeous view of the Tidal Basin, complete with paddle boats available for rent there. We walked through the memorial, walked around the outside and hung out on the front steps for a while to watch the boats. Afterward, we rented bikes at the bike share stop right outside and road to Arlington. (The bikes are AWESOME by the way. If I had our weekend to do over, I'd see all the same things, but rent the bikes all three days instead of just on Sunday.)
  • One of the best memorials. It's not just the structure, but also the entire setting. So, be sure to walk around and see the building from different vantage points.